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Golden Valley Ranch open space complete

Area includes 5.7-mile trail system

Posted: July 16, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Three new trails in the city’s Golden Valley Ranch open space area are open to the public.

The Golden Valley Ranch open space area consists of about 900 acres of land and can be accessed by using Placerita Canyon Road about one mile west of the Sand Canyon Road intersection. The Golden Valley Ranch open space is very close to the East Walker Ranch open space and offers three trails of varying difficulties, along with an under-crossing of Placerita Canyon Road.

The area was added to the city’s open space acreage in 2008. Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders are allowed to use trails in city-owned open space.

The city worked to create a small parking area off Placerita Canyon Road, an access gate that allows mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians in but keeps vehicles out, along with green open space identification signs and gates, said Park Development Administrator Tom Reilly.

The three trails within the open space area — Mitchell, Nadeu and Placerita — were former fire roads, Reilly said. Together, they total about 5.7 miles.

At least one of the trails was overgrown and required a tractor for improvement, Reilly said.

“The trail that we re-established leads to an under-crossing of Placerita Canyon Road that was put in there when the road was built,” Reilly said.

In addition, the city also rated the steepness of the trails at the Golden Valley Ranch open space and put the lengths of each trail on printable maps from its website.

Since the city improved access to trails within its open space, anecdotal evidence indicates an increase in the number of people using the trails, Reilly said. Some of the open spaces in the city have only recently been made accessible to the public.

The improvements to the Golden Valley trails took about three months and cost about $160,000, Reilly said. The improvements were funded through a dedicated fund for maintenance and operations of the trails set up by the developer of the Golden Valley Ranch project.

Part of the reason for using the green signs and gates was to let people know they are welcome to use the open space, Reilly said.

“We wanted to invite people so they knew they were welcome to use the public open space,” Reilly said. “A lot of people want to know that it’s open for use and they’re not trespassing.”



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