Runners wrecking the trail in Torrey Pines

Volunteer guards the southernmost entrance

While hiking in the Torrey Pines state reserve a few days ago, I saw a volunteer "guarding" the entrance to the southernmost trail (which was taped off). She said she was there to physically prevent runners from ruining the newly paved hiking trail (which, apparently, they continue to do).

She explained that the park is required to widen the hiking trail and repave it in order to be ADA compliant. In order for the new paving (an organic compound of some sort, not horrible asphalt) to set, everyone must temporarily stay off the trail.

Apparently some runners continue to break through the taped off trail, damaging the newly paved path. Park staff must then tear it out and start all over. "It's costing the taxpayers a bundle," said the park volunteer, who also noted that the constant tear-it-out-and-start-all-over process has put the improvements way behind schedule.

Comments

That's our new society today. They want their own way. How dare you tell them they can't run on that newly laid down trail even though its not ready yet. Those same clowns are on our freeways cutting you off, text messaging, talking on their cell phones all while doing 90 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Just look in your rear view mirror, here they come!!

You should see the mountain biking community at Del Mar Mesa. 100-200 year old Mission Manzanitas, some of the largest scrub oaks in the state, 10-20 endangered species, and all they can do is call people who want to protect this for everyone to see "eco-terrorists." And cut more habitat down to make more "trails." It's over.

My friends and i started a group called friends of blacks beach. We kinda take things into our own hands. I personally maintain the trail via the Torrey pines gliderport out of my own pocket. I get compliments and complaints all the time. A few other things I do is speak at schools about nudists, pick up tons of litter, speak out for laws and regulations on the beach, built volleyball courts, saved lives in the water, cliffs and beach. Just Saturday the state ranger came up to me and thanked me for taking care of a women harrasing the nudists.

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