Planning for the Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail and construction of the La Honda Loop Trail have begun
High-quality recreational trails are one of the things Midpen does best, to the tune of nearly 250 miles and growing. Our staff take great pride in their trail planning and building expertise, which is an art and a science. Two new projects in the works show what it takes to build a trail that is protective of the natural environment and stands the test of time, while providing great user experiences.
Midpen planners began the long-envisioned Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail project in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve this year with the help of a $300,000 California Coastal Conservancy grant. When the Measure AA-funded new trail is built, it will link the California Coastal Trail to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, allowing open space visitors to travel between the Pacific Ocean, through grassy rolling hills, canyons and forests, to the ridgeline of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
But first, we need to plan the trail. Our staff has been scouting potential routes, working with multiple stakeholders to identify opportunities and constraints, and surveying for sensitive plants, animals, waterways and geology. A separate but parallel study is also underway to identify strategies for managing parking and visitation demand at this popular preserve.
This fall, we are holding our first public meeting to receive community input.
La Honda Creek Loop Trail
In May, we broke ground on a new 1-mile, easy-access loop trail from the Sears Ranch Road parking area in La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. Our staff will continue building it daily and will allow it to settle over the winter before opening it to the public next year. This new trail is part of our community-supported, long-term vision for this preserve.
“What makes this short new trail special is the diversity of visitor experiences it will provide including grasslands, forests and a vista point with amazing views,” Midpen Capital Projects Field Manager Bryan Apple said. “And it will be accessible to people of diverse levels and abilities.”
The trail will also provide the unique experience of traversing working ranchland with grazing cattle, which are part of Midpen’s Conservation Grazing Program aimed at restoring coastal grasslands. Stay tuned for information on when the trail will open.