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Trans-County Trail: Public Property Corridor

Traversing San Diego County from the desert, over the mountains, and down valleys to the coastal bluffs, the Trans-County Trail will be approximately 110 miles in length. Nearly 70% of this route utilizes existing trails which are already open for public use. In other areas the route still needs to be acquired or the trail built; in those places the trail is not yet open.

The broken yellow line outlines the trail corridor, which crosses several administrative jursidictions. Federal, state, county, and local government are working together to connect existing trails using public lands and public right-of-way.

Trans-County Trail Map

 

A  
ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK: 640,000 acres (not all shown)
State of California, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: badlands, desert floor, riparian, palm oasis, piñon pine, desert transition, chaparral, montane
  • The largest state park in the contiguous United States
  • Over 500 miles of trails, including dirt roads

 

B  
CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK: 25,000 acres
State of California, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: meadow, chaparral, oak woodland, mixed conifer forest
  • 120 miles of existing trails
  • Connected to Anza-Borrego by the California Riding and Hiking Trail and by the Pacific Crest Trail

 

C  
CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST: 421,000 acres (not all shown)
United States of America, Department of Agriculture
  • Habitat: coastal sage scrub, chamise chaparral, mixed chaparral, oak woodland, mixed conifer forest
  • Nearly 358 miles of existing trails
  • Adjacent to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
  • Some trail construction is needed to connect El Capitan to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

 

D  
EL CAPITAN OPEN SPACE PRESERVE: 2,839 acres
County of San Diego, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, mixed chaparral
  • Staging area and trail access off Wildcat Canyon Road
  • 8 miles of trail over rugged terrain
  • Some of the most scenic vistas in San Diego County
  • Abuts the Cleveland National Forest

 

E  
OAK OASIS OPEN SPACE PRESERVE - 397 acres
County of San Diego, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: oak woodland, mixed chaparral
  • Staging area and trail access off Wildcat Canyon Road
  • 3 miles of existing trails
  • Connected to El Capitan by public trail right-of-way

 

F  
SAN VICENTE RESERVOIR - 3,405 acres
City of San Diego, Department of Water Utilities
  • Habitat: open water, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral
  • No trails at this time
  • Adjacent to Oak Oasis
  • Trail construction is needed to connect Sycamore Canyon to Oak Oasis

 

G  
SYCAMORE CANYON OPEN SPACE PRESERVE: 1,819 acres
County of San Diego, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral
  • Staging area and north side trail access, from the City of Poway, via Sycamore Canyon Road
  • Staging area and east side trail access off Highway 67
  • 10 miles of trails, including several loop routes
  • No more than one mile from the public property that surrounds San Vicente Reservoir

 

H  
CITY OF POWAY: 25,088 acres
  • Habitat: coastal sage scrub, chaparral, neighborhood park, business park
  • An existing trail connects Peñasquitos to a vast network of multi-use, non-motorized, public pathways
  • Over 60 miles of a 75-mile trail master plan have been completed
  • In Poway, the Trans-County Trail will run through the City and skirts a business park
  • Some trail construction is needed within Poway to connect the City to Sycamore Canyon

 

I  
LOS PEÑASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE: 3,720 acres
City of San Diego, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: freshwater marsh, grassland, riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral
  • Staging area and west end trail access off Sorrento Valley Road
  • Staging area and east end trail access off Black Mountain Road
  • Nearly 18 miles of trails. The main trail stretches from staging area to staging area
  • Abuts an open space corridor and the City of Poway
  • Some trail construction is needed within Peñasquitos

 

J  
TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE: 1,750 acres
State of California, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Habitat: beach, lagoon, salt marsh estuary, coastal sage scrub, maritime chaparral, pine woodland
  • Staging area and beach access at McGonigle Road parking lot
  • Nearly 14 miles of existing trails
  • Connected to Peñasquitos via public road right-of-way
  • Some right-of-way trail construction is needed to connect Torrey Pines to Peñasquitos