Sprucing Up Wild Oaks Trail (part 2)

Wild Oaks Trail

Does the top of Wild Oaks Trail need to be rerouted? As Wild Oaks Park transitions into Wild Oaks Trail, there are two small sections that tend to concentrate water and get muddy. One way to deal with it is to reroute about 250 feet of trail. The new section would offer more interest and … Continue reading

Bridge over New York Creek

location where the proposed bridge over New York Creek

Phase 2 of the class I paved path crossing New York Creek might get funded tomorrow (Thursday March 6, 2014) if the El Dorado County Transportation Commission votes “YES”. Our District 1 Supervisor, Ron Mikulaco (BOSone@edcgov.us), is a voting member of the Commission. See item 7E on the EDCTC meeting agenda – link here. Read … Continue reading

Village Connector – project concept

Conceptual drawing of the proposed village connector trail

At last we are able to formally pitch our first project idea to the Community Services District (CSD) of El Dorado Hills. The concept described here will be presented at the next public meeting of the CSD Parks & Planning Committee. That is Feb 4, 2014. The Facebook event has more information. Project Title: “Village … Continue reading

Map of Trail Network Proposal

Map for trail network proposal for the El Dorado Hills community.

This map will help people to envision a trail network that will not only give trail users a place to play and exercise but will also add tremendous value and benefits to our community and the surrounding areas. El Dorado Hills should already have a comprehensive trail network and yet we don’t. EDHtrails is working … Continue reading

What Do Trail Runners Like

Trail runner on Bucks Creek Trail

What do trail runners like in a trail? Answer – a lot of the same things as mountain bikers and nature walkers. Who knew? Personally, I’m more in tune with the mountain biker community and wrote about their preferences earlier. I know biker preferences really well, but I do run trails too as part of … Continue reading

Trails and Fire Protection

Trail acts like a fire break for community benefit.

Trails provide fire protection as a community benefit. It’s fire season again. It happens every year like winter-spring-summer-fall. El Dorado Hills is graced with a beautiful grassy oak studded landscape, but with that asset comes a liability – fire danger. Recently this season, in June and July, we’ve had 2 large fires nearby. KCRA reported … Continue reading

EDCTC Funds Trail on Francisco Drive

Trail (paved path) at Francisco Drive

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) approved state funding, According to Wendy Schultz at the Mountain Democrat, to connect existing trail segments and add a class 2 bike lane. “The EDCTC also approved $150,000 in State Exchange Transportation Enhancement funds at the request of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency for bicycle and pedestrian … 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

Can you imagine 32 miles of trail?

Cohesive trail network in El Dorado Hills has 32 miles of built and unbuilt trail

Can you imagine 32 miles of (mostly natural) trail in the central core area of El Dorado Hills? I can. Can you see yourself, family, friends, or neighbors on these trails? This is my 1st public debut of this vision. Read around this blog and you’ll understand why I’m working hard for this cause. As … Continue reading