Trail Conditions as of Nov 10 2015

November 17, 2016

Trail Conditions

SPECIAL NOTE: The high winds of November 15 and 16 likely will have knocked over many trees throughout the trail system. Be prepared to turn around and take an alternate trail. Volunteer and County crews often clear these obstacles within a couple of weeks depending on the size of the fallen trees.


Reports come from members writing to us at
Most trails are open, and most are in good condition with the exception of the following:

Effie May Crossing: (City & County) closed due to  City dredging operations. See more below.
Brennan’s Bypass (City): main trail open; Smugglers channel closed due to City dredging operations
Sunflower Trail (County): opened late Oct, two riverbed crossings with light mud (.7 mile); expect to be fully closed soon.
Saturn Link (County): closed by debris (.5 mile)
2nd Crossing (USFWS/Navy): closed by USFWS & in dispute (.05 mile)
Lower Wycliffe Trail (County): closed by debris and dispute (.3 mile)
Three Corners (Navy): closed by USFWS & in dispute.
Hollister Trail Staging Area (County): Open, potable water at staging & Butterfly Gardens.
Beaches (State & Federal): stay away from upper dunes delineated by fence for endangered breeding birds. There is potable water at the corral area beneath Monument Mesa. A hose bib is located close to the lower parking area.
Mosquitoes: Riders’ reports: Reports from heavy to none at various parts of the trail system.
Rattlesnack Report: None reported since July.
Trail Maps: see (New map in 2016.)

Large Truck Traffic: From Chris Peregrin,  Reserve Manager, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve: Update on an anticipated haul activity. Weather permitting our Contractor will be hauling about 3000 yards/day starting Monday November 9, and running for two weeks. There will be at least 4 trucks running on this so there will be quite a bit of activity. All goes well and we will be done until next fall.  It’s heavily dependent upon local receiving sites. Contact CA State Parks for the latest updates 619-575-3613.

Mesa Trail Riders: A common question is what’s it like to ride the mesa tops with Border Patrol and new trails. TRVEA advises to ride only the trails and roads that are obviously used as trails or roads. In the rare instance when a Border Patrol Agent asks you to leave the area, politely comply. Relationships between the Border Patrol and equestrians are very good, and sometimes new agents don’t understand the trails, or they are on a special alert.

The King Tides are Coming: The California King Tides Project is asking members of the public to photograph extreme high tides along their local coastline to highlight how coastal homes, infrastructure, and ecological habitats may be affected by future sea level rise. Upcoming King Tide Dates: Nov. 24th at 7:16am, Nov. 25th at 7:56am, Nov. 26th at 8:36am.

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