Ridgeline Trailhead to open to public on Friday


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The new Ridgeline Trailhead in San Marcos will open to the public on Friday, October 15, 2010. The trailhead is located at 102 San Elijo Road, about two miles south of SR-78 on Twin Oaks Valley Road.

The Ridgeline Trailhead includes vehicle and horse trailer parking, restrooms, drinking fountains, shaded picnicking, views of South Lake (a future city park location), and trail access to the Lakeview, Double Peak and Ridgeline trails. There are also bicycle racks and horse tie rails available at the site.

The $1 million trailhead was funded through an agreement with the developers of San Elijo Hills. The agreement also included the development of the entire ridgeline trail system, open space, remote group picnic area, Double Peak Park and San Elijo Park.

The Ridgeline Trailhead provides one of the easiest access points to the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline as the trail access location is at the same elevation as much of the Ridgeline trail. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a more vigorous hike, bike or horseback ride may do the five-mile loop down to Discovery Lake and then back up Twin Oaks Valley Road. There is also a slightly shorter look up to Double Peak Park using the Double Peak Trail and then returning via the Secret Trail.

The City of San Marcos features a proposed 72 miles multi-use trail system. There are 56 miles of existing trails currently that are great for hiking, biking, running, equestrian use and more.

For more information, please call the San Marcos Community Services Department at (760) 744-9000 or visit www.san-marcos.net (Departments/Community Services/Trails).

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