Parks and Trails Master Plan – El Dorado County

El Dorado County has a “Parks and Trails Master Plan” document that is a great wealth of information. The problem is that it’s nearly 200 pages long!! Lucky for you I’ve read it and am going to distill some key findings that I think are relevant to the efforts represented on this blog. If you … Continue reading

Trail Types Description

Example of what is called a class 1 trail.

For the benefit of those who are not yet aware, I thought having a brief description of the various trail types in our local area would be very helpful. I’m a firm believer that having a common understanding never hurts, and often helps, decision-making. You’ll find that a fair bit of what I write about … Continue reading

320 Acres Preserved by Sacramento Valley Conservancy

Sacramento Valley Conservancy

Sacramento Valley Conservancy scores 320 acres in a conservation easement south of Folsom on the eastern edge of Sacramento County. I wish there was a map of the easement to show you but none was provided in the newsletter published by SVC. The best I can do is show you the regional map depicting the … Continue reading

How much do trails cost?

Cost comparison for building paved paths versus simple rugged dirt surface trails.

Dirt trails are cheap. This is one of those few times where you can have your cake and eat it to. EDH lacks enough dirt trails that appeal to hikers, runners, and mountain bikers AND we could have many more miles of trails without the high costs of other “trail” types. If you ignore costs … Continue reading

Volunteers Build Trails

Trail work by volunteers on the Deer Creek Hills Preserve near Rancho Murieta.

The vision map calls for 14 miles of new trails added to an existing 18 miles for a total of 32 miles. The existing trails are mostly paved and graveled, were expensive to build, and have a number of issues (see other post). Adding 14 more miles of simple rugged dirt trails, as I first … Continue reading

What is LUPPU?

Sample of draft zoning map from the March 2011 community presentation in El Dorado Hills, CA.

LUPPU is how land use and zoning will change in El Dorado County. Don’t doubt it. The last “U” stands for “Update” as in “Land Use Programmatic Policy UPDATE“. It’s a big, complex government process that in the end will likely have significant implications for a variety of things, trails being just one. I’m new … Continue reading