SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: January 16, 2002
CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
JACOB, MARINES JOIN FORCES TO PROTECT HISTORIC SYCAMORE CANYON TRAIL
SAN DIEGO- Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders who've been longing to travel the entire length of Sycamore Canyon Trail from Santee to Poway will soon get their wish thanks to a deal brokered by San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Marine Maj. Gen. William G. Bowden.
The Marine Corps has agreed to sell more than 350 acres of land at the east edge of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station to the County. The land contains a four-mile stretch of Sycamore Canyon Hiking Trail which has been closed to the public for security reasons.
"This is a rare opportunity to re-open this historic trail and wildlife corridor to the public," said Supervisor Jacob. "General Bowden and the Marines are to be commended for making it possible for San Diegans to enjoy our region's wide open spaces."
The trail begins near Santee Lakes at Mast Boulevard in Santee and runs north through the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve and Gooden Ranch east of Poway. Its path traces the historic Stowe trail, an old logging route which dates to the early 1850s.
In a unanimous vote, County Supervisors agreed work with the Marines to survey and appraise the property. The final deal may require the approval of the Department of Defense, according to Marine Corps officials.