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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Road and Trail Management Plan

The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (SNR) staff is currently developing a management plan for the park’s system of roads and trails. The park has nearly 10 miles of official roads and trails for park visitors. The 1984 General Plan for Torrey Pines SNR found that the park’s trails are deteriorating because of inadequate design, beach traffic, joggers, and natural erosion processes, In addition, the trailheads lacked adequate or consistent development. The plan made some specific recommendations for new or redesigned trails and the addition of three miles of new trails to the 7 existing miles or trails. This RTMP will evaluate the extent to which the General Plan has been implemented and further elaborate modifications and additions necessary to address the needs of today’s users while protecting natural and cultural resources in the park. Specific trail-related recommendations made in the General Plan are identified and included herein.
The purpose of the Road and Trail Management Plan is to provide specific direction for the long term construction, maintenance, and management of the roads and trails system.  Specifically, the plan will:
• Determine which roads and trails should be maintained, removed, and/or enhanced.
• Identify which of the unofficial trails should be removed and which should be made official. 
• Determine the types of trail uses (e.g. hiking, biking, and/or equestrian) that are appropriate on each road and trail. 
• Identify those roads and trails that lead to damage of the natural and cultural resources of the park, for example a trail that passes through an area of sensitive natural resources, and need to be re-routed and/or reconstructed. 
• Identify trail connections necessary to create trail loops and/or connect to trails outside the park. 
• Identify  opportunities for new trails, where appropriate
• Identify necessary trail facilities, such as restrooms, parking, and drinking water

Data Collection
The first stage of the planning process is to evaluate the existing condition of the roads and trails in the park and the permitted uses of each, and develop an inventory of each road and trail feature and condition. This information is then used to evaluate road and trail conditions and associated effects to natural and cultural resources.  A variety of documents is developed to describe and illustrate these inventories and assessments, which can be viewed via the links below.
Road and Trail Existing Conditions

Torrey Pines SNR

User Input
Additional data is being gathered through a survey of park users.  Data includes information on users’ current forms of recreation in the park and ideas for improving existing and developing new trails and facilities.  These surveys are being conducted during different seasons of the year to solicit input from a variety of trail users.  In addition to the survey, meetings were held with various user groups, such as equestrian and mountain biking clubs, to collect data and input on plan proposals.  A summary of user comments is available here (in progress).

Proposals to change the types of uses permitted on a trail (i.e., proposals to add biking and/or equestrians to a trail) will be evaluated using the process described in the related Program Environmental Impact Report, available here.  A flow chart of this process is available here.  The form that was used to evaluate each proposed change-in-use at Torrey Pines SNR is available here.

Road and Trail Management Plan (in progress)