Coastal trail gets a fresh new surface
If you've tried to walk, run or bicycle the San Clemente Coastal Trail this week and ran up against a detour, it's a testament to how popular the 2.3-mile trail has proven to be, officials say.
Monday through Wednesday of this week, the city diverted foot traffic off the trail and onto the beach between the Mariposa and Linda Lane beach accesses so that contractor Ed Stewart could resurface that stretch with decomposed granite.
Fortunately, tides and surf haven't been excessive this week, so that stretch of beach – sometimes underwater – has for the most part been passable.
Dennis Reed, the city's manager of beaches and parks, said the trail linking North Beach with Calafia Beach has generated much more foot traffic than city staff envisioned before the city built it in increments between 2006 and 2008. Several hundred thousand people are believed to use the trail each year.
"We thought our trail surface would last a minimum of five years," Reed said. "(On) the very popular areas, after two years, we had to do some resurfacing. It's a good thing. It's a good thing we have so many people."
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