News Release


DATE: February 22, 2011

CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108 



Local horseback riders and other community members joined County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and County officials Tuesday to open the El Monte Park Trail and staging area at El Monte Park in rural Lakeside.

“For a long time, the community has wanted safe, official access to beautiful El Monte Valley,” said Supervisor Jacob, who represents East County on the Board of Supervisors. “Whether you ride a bike or a horse, walk or jog, you’ll enjoy this new path.”

El Capitan Mountain’s spectacular rocky face looms above the 2-mile trail, which is designed for horseback riders, hikers and bicyclists. The new 1.5-acre staging area adds parking that accommodates horse trailers and passenger vehicles.

The new trail connects the communities of Blossom Valley and El Monte Valley and will provide a connection to future trails along the San Diego River Valley.

El Monte trail expands the opportunity for fun and inspiration at 88-acre El Monte County Park, where families enjoy picnic areas and playgrounds among mountains, meadows and oaks. Now visitors can stretch their legs for a trip beyond the park fences into nature.

The improvements were funded with a $375,000 state grant through Proposition 40, a 2002 measure supporting clean air and water and neighborhood parks.

San Diego County Parks and Recreation makes life better for residents and visitors with a 44,000-acre system that includes local and regional parks, campgrounds, 300 miles of trails, fishing lakes, recreation centers and sports complexes, ecological preserves, and open space preserves.