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Map Updates: Fall 2005

Trails of the Coastside and Northern Peninsula

A gaggle of minor changes:

The Coastal Trail in Pacifica from Rockway Beach to Pacifica State Beach now extends past Crespi to Linda Mar Blvd, on the west side of Hwy. 1. There is a big new parking lot (always full!) and restrooms at Pacifica State Beach.

Half Moon Bay built a new trail from near Main St. and Hwy 92, west along Pilarcitos Creek, crossing under Hwy. 1. It connects to Strawberry Shopping Center and via a bridge to ______________ Street which you can follow to Kellly Ave and Half Moon Bay State Beach. At last visit, the START of the trail was quite funky (behind trailers and parking lots). It will eventually connect to Main Street.

San Mateo County Parks has purchased Mirada Surf property immediately south and west of El Granada. Inland, POST has acquired a several-hundred-acre ranch surrounding Quarry Park. Neither property has public access yet.

POST has bought a 100-acre property south of Moss Beach along the bluffs overlooking Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. This preserves the existing Informal public access along the blufftop service road, which will eventually be formalized into the Coastal Trail.

Transit and Roads:
BART is open from Colma to San Francisco Airport and Millbrae. Fares are high, frequency is now only every 15 minutes; most of your trip is below ground, and stations are in the middle of nowhere (or at least not right at the centers of their namesake cities). But maybe you'll find it useful. It's a short walk or ride from Millbrae Station to the Bay Trail south of SFO.

MUNI 56 still runs between SF Executive Park and Third St., but west of Third the route and terminus have changed. See MUNI website for details. Third Street Light Rail will open early 2006, replacing the 15 Third bus and triggering several other changes.

Construction has begun on the Devils Slide tunnel–completion is planned for 2008. Drive carefully along Hwy. 1 and watch for cones, barriers, and heavy equipment between Devils Slide and Montara.

The Peninsula Watershed is now managed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. They allow public access along Cahill and Fifield Ridges via regular docent-led hikes and bike rides.

[See changes on a thumbnail map and detail maps].

Trails of Santa Cruz

I recommend that before you print a book or map, make sure you use the right bar code. I accidentally printed the wrong one on Santa Cruz. (Last four digits should be -4-4). Measure once, cut twice.

No changes as of fall 2005.

Trails of Pacifica

Many changes, most of which are captured on the newer Trails of the Coastside map. As far as the map itself, the Coastal Trail has been extended and GGNRA bought Mori Point and Cattle Hill. The mountain trails are still about the same. As for the information text, many phone numbers and all SamTrans bus routes have changed.

Trails of Northeast Marin County

In November, 2005 the Bay Area Ridge Trail dedicates an 11-mile segment south from White Hill Summit to White Hill and west along San Geronimo Ridge to Samuel P. Taylor State Park. This provides new access between the north and south halves of White Hill Preserve. See sketch map of trail changes.

Sunset Stables in Novato is now ____________ Ranch. The new owners don't allow the general public to pass through their ranch, which means that the Deer Canyon Trail needs a big X through it, and so does the end of Vineyard Road. Luckily the Meadow Vista Trail provides a access to __________ Canyon.

Marin District State Parks has been merged with other North Bay parks and is now headquartered at Samuel P. Taylor State Park (West Marin) rather than in Novato.

Trails in the new east half of Rush Creek Open Space Preserve are being relocated to get them away from the marsh onto higher ground. The first section, near Bahia Drive, has been relocated around the south edge of the marsh. The middle section will be redone soon.