Trail Conditions March 20, 2015

March 21, 2015

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

Effie May Crossing: (City & County) closed due to uncertain water
Brennan’s Bypass (City): closed due to uncertain water
Sunflower Trail (County): closed by debris (.7 mile)
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.
Second Crossing (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: From Four Corners west and south heavy mosquitos.
Rattlesnack Report: Multiple sightings reported this spring throughout valley.
Trail Maps: see http://trvea.org/maps-of-the-trv/ (New map to release soon.)

Large Truck Traffic: Removal of soil from Goat Canyon. The contractor started mobilizing haul trucks on the 28th of October. To date the material has been used to build up the trail system in the Tijuana River Valley regional Park- specifically on Spooner’s Mesa.  CA State Parks has entered into a contract to remove 40,000 cubic yards of sediment from the processing pads in Goat Canyon. The terms of the contract allow the Contractor 1 year to complete the removal. Time schedules for removal are dependent upon available receiving sites. Anticipate haul trucks to be present off-and-on throughout the year. Contact CA State Parks for the latest updates 619-575-3613. (Chris Peregrin, Reserve Manager, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Canopy Trail Riders: BEWARE BREAKING TREES:  Tall trees in the canopy trails areas have,  with little warning other than a loud cracking sound, broken apart part way up the trunk then the upper half of the tree has crashed to the ground. There were no winds on some of the days trees were observed breaking and falling.

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.