Volunteers map network of valley trails

first_imgHikers using global-positioning systems helped map uncharted trails in northern Los Angeles County for a big-picture look at the trails from Palmdale to Santa Clarita. The goal is a long-term effort to connect trails in city and county areas, but first the path had to be mapped so planners know what they’re dealing with, said Andy Malakates of the county Department of Regional Planning. The Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday tentatively approved the maps, which cover the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys in minute detail, linking larger paths and trails to smaller, less-known ones, Malakates said. A handful of property owners objected to the planned trails map during the hearing, worried that their land would fall under public domain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Malakates said many trails cross private wilderness parcels in the region and often times the owners are unaware. The county, he said, would not claim ownership in any such case, but it would be up to property owners to manage their own land. “They’ve been there for who knows how long,” he said. “People have been hiking and riding horses over those trails for years. Many of the people who own that land, they don’t really think about it, maybe it’s been in their family for years.” Often times parcels are planned for development and owners work with the county to maintain any trails that cross as part of new neighborhoods, Malakates said. “They understand the value in that, things like hiking,” he said. “This kind of activity does give value to a new development.” The focal point for planners is the county territory west of Palmdale where trails haven’t been well defined. Trails hadn’t been mapped for more than a decade. Hikers and equestrians tracked the local trails with GPS systems to pinpoint their locations for the maps. The trails maps are available online at http://planning.co.la.ca.us, click on agendas, then scroll to the bottom of the page for the links. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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