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New hiking trail to fullfill retired firefighter’s dream

2011-06-16 / Community
By Stephanie Bertholdo

After 35 years of dedication and doggedness, mountain man Don Wallace has achieved his long-standing goal of connecting the Las Virgenes Creek Trail to Simi Valley and eventually the ocean.

Dubbed the Don Wallace Trail Project by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the 2,500- foot path will become the default route between the Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains for people and animals.

Yaroslavsky funded the project with $300,000 from the Safe Neighborhood Parks bond of 1996.

The trail segment starts south of Agoura Road in Calabasas and runs under a 101 Freeway overpass. The trail section will connect open space, unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and the city of Calabasas to Malibu, said Yaroslavsky in his report to the board of supervisors. It will also connect to the larger Las Virgenes Creek Trail and will offer more recreational opportunities for hikers and equestrians.

At a recent Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council meeting, Wallace said that when the trail is completed Las Virgenes open space will connect to Jordan Ranch and China Flat in the Simi Hills. The area will also become the first cross-mountain trail to connect to trail systems in Malibu and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, Wallace said.

“ Once the section from DeAnza to Ahmanson is completed each end will open to a rich array of existing and planned trails from the ocean to Simi Valley and beyond,” Wallace said. “This segment will also complete a major component of the Rim-of-the-Valley Trail, if that proposal becomes a reality. It was the missing link. It will open up an entire world.”

The project will include brush clearance, stabilization of the trail, the construction of culverts and other drainage devices, fencing, gates and signs. Lighting will be installed for safety, Yaroslavsky said.

The $300,000 may not be enough to complete all of the work, but Wallace plans to involve volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation, local Chambers of Commerce and service clubs such as the Rotary and the Optimists.

This is kind of cool. I love hiking and it is nice Calabasas can bridge the trails from Simi Valley to the Ocean.

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