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Temporary Trailhead
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

Family runs into trail closure.
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“It took years and many dollars for the coast to crest trail to be developed along the lagoon and heading east towards San Dieguito road. My husband and I enjoyed this trail on our bikes and now they’ve dug it up. What gives?”

Photos Ann Gardner.
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The trail is still there; only the entrance has been moved. The western entrance to the Coast to Crest Trail on Jimmy Durante Blvd. has been moved north to allow for restoration of wetlands on the Fairgrounds’ former South Overflow (parking) Lot. The temporary new entrance to the Trail is about 1/3 mile to the north on the same side of the road, past Gate 3, and is marked by red and blue flags.

Earlier this year the California Coastal Commission determined that the original first leg of the trail, including the popular 120-foot boardwalk, impeded the tidal flow necessary for healthy wetlands. Boardwalk supporters organized a boardwalk brigade protest that resulted in a compromise decision. Seven hundred feet of the eastern end of the boardwalk would be, and has been, removed to allow for excavation of the tidal channels. But happily five hundred feet of the original boardwalk with a new viewing platform will remain at the western end and will be accessible from the original entrance on Jimmy Durante Blvd. There will, however, be no access from the boardwalk and new viewing platform east to the Trail. Both entrances are expected to reopen next March, one for the boardwalk and viewing platform and a second along Jimmy Durante Blvd. for the 50 mile (“as the crow flies”) Coast to Crest Trail.

 

Temporary entrance 1/3 mile to the north on same side of
Jimmy Durante Blvd .
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Temporary entrance 1/3 mile to the north on same side of
Jimmy Durante Blvd .
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