These trails could link up with the old fire/logging roads on the former Hunt property, now part of BCR. Also, we are interested in the possibility of crossing under Hwy 17 at Big Moody Curve, to allow access from east of Hwy 17. George Road into Bear Creek Redwoods, West SideThis dirt road (off Bear Creek Road near Summit Road) leads to a great potential parking area with access to excellent trails, includingone to the scenic vista point on Bear Creek Summit with a wonderful view of Monterey Bay and Monterey Peninsula. Highland Road into Sierra Azul (at Rattlesnake Gulch)Rattlesnake Gulch is quite steep and subject to erosion. It is not currently a sustainable trail. But it appears to be the best access point from Highland Road into Sierra Azul, and a critical link in the goal of a "Mt Umunhum to the Sea" trail, passing through the SoquelDemonstration Forest and Forest of Nisene Marks. We'd like the District to consider reconstructing the trail to a more maintainable grade, and we would volunteer to assist.Wrights Stations Road and Aldercroft Heights into Sierra AzulMOSS Petition to MROSD: 14-July-2005Page 6 of 12
We've identified a wonderful, challenging trail option that begins with Loma Almaden Road departing from Aldercroft Heights Road and climbing up through the Cathedral Oaks area to a ridge top connecting trail near Mt Sombroso, which meets the existing Woods Road Trail. Some small sections are overgrown, but otherwise the route is open and usable fire road or former road.Sierra Azul connection to Soquel Demo Forest for Umunhum-to-the-Sea trail (including access to the summit of Mt. Umunhum)This most likely would be at Rattlesnake Gulch, mentioned earlier. Access is strongly desired to the summit of Mt Umunhum via this trail, going past Loma Prieta and along the high, scenic ridge between Loma Prieta and Mt Umunhum.Access through San Jose Water Company land to Sierra Azul trails near Lake Ellsman and Williams ReservoirThese are highly scenic reservoirs, and local residents have sought low-intensity, responsible recreational access to this area for years. It could even be docent-led, along the lines of the recent policy at Crystal Springs Reservoir. We understand that this policy is set by SJWC, not MROSD, yet perhaps you can gain at least easement access through this land to trails in Sierra Azul.Lakeside School into Bear Creek RedwoodsWalk-in access from Lakeside School on Black Road could provide educational opportunities for kids. The access could be from Ellege Rd or Thompson Rd, at Gates BC03 or BC13.Adequate parking, staging areas from our communitySome of the above access points would not support a parking/staging area, and could be walk-in or ride-in trails. At the same time, we would like at least one adequate parking/staging area to each preserve from the Summit/Highland Road area. One could be the Christmas Tree Farm at Bear Creek and Summit Road.
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