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Project: Escondido Trail Improvements

Description: Escondido Canyon Parking Lot and Trail Improvements project. This grant funds the planning, permitting, and implementation of limited capital improvements to improve visitor experience. The project proposes to add amenities to one of MRCA’s most highly visited trails. Accessed via a public easement along the privately-owned Winding Way East, the trail through Escondido Canyon to view the seasonal waterfall is popular year-round. Visitation spikes during springtime when the falls are running but the consistent traffic takes a toll on the resources. MRCA currently provides a portable toilet at the parking lot adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway, but it is inadequate for some visitors during the two or more hour hike. The provision of a second portable toilet at the trailhead would help alleviate the impact to resources. Additionally, MRCA gained site control of the parking lot several months ago from Los Angeles County, and a revision to the layout could result in greater accessibility. However, there are numerous aspects to the project that will require application for a coastal development permit (CDP).

Reference Number: 3810SMM841760

Implemented By: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Objective: Escondido Canyon Parking Lot and Trail Improvements project. This grant funds the planning, permitting, and implementation of limited capital improvements to improve visitor experience. The project proposes to add amenities to one of MRCA’s most highly visited trails. Accessed via a public easement along the privately-owned Winding Way East, the trail through Escondido Canyon to view the seasonal waterfall is popular year-round. Visitation spikes during springtime when the falls are running but the consistent traffic takes a toll on the resources. MRCA currently provides a portable toilet at the parking lot adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway, but it is inadequate for some visitors during the two or more hour hike. The provision of a second portable toilet at the trailhead would help alleviate the impact to resources. Additionally, MRCA gained site control of the parking lot several months ago from Los Angeles County, and a revision to the layout could result in greater accessibility. However, there are numerous aspects to the project that will require application for a coastal development permit (CDP).

Total Cost: $175,000.00

Project Status: Preliminary/Planning

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2019    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Located In Disadvantaged Community: No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $175,000.00
Prop. 84, Santa Monica Bay and Watersheds Program (SMMC)9/7/2018$175,000.00



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