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What is the California Coastal Trail?
The vision for the California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a continuous interconnected public trail system along the California coastline. It is designed to foster appreciation and stewardship of the scenic and natural resources of the coast and serves to implement aspects of Coastal Act policies promoting non-motorized transportation. The Trail system is to be located on a variety of terrains, including the beach, bluff edge, hillsides providing scenic vantage points, and within the highway right-of-way. It may take many forms, including informal footpaths, paved sidewalks, and separated bicycle paths. When no other alternative exists, it sometimes connects along the shoulder of the road. While primarily for pedestrians, the Trail also accommodates a variety of additional user groups, such as bicyclists, wheelchair users, equestrians, and others as opportunities allow. The CCT consists of one or more parallel alignments. It is intended that the CCT system shall be designed and implemented to achieve the following goals and objectives:
- Provide a continuous walking and hiking trail as close to the ocean as possible;
- Provide maximum access for a variety of non-motorized uses by utilizing parallel trail segments where feasible;
- Maximize connections to existing and proposed local trail systems;
- Ensure that the trail has connections to trailheads, parking areas, transit stops, inland trail segments, etc. at reasonable intervals;
- Maximize ocean views and scenic coastal vistas; and,
- Provide an educational experience where feasible through interpretive programs, kiosks, and other facilities.
The trail is recognized as both a statewide and national resource. Governor Gray Davis and the White House Millennium Council officially recognized the trail and it now designated as California’s Millennium Legacy Trail. The California Legislature has recognized it as a part of the statewide trail system; see report to the Legislature, Completing the California Coastal Trail [in PDF, 12 MB] and also California Coastal Trail maps [in PDF, 7.25 MB].
Does the California Coastal Trail exist today?
Yes and no, it is a work in progress. Of the 1250 miles of coastline, about 50% of the CCT is available and is being used by thousands of people every day.
PRESS RELEASE. July 27, 2020 from San Mateo County.
For Immediate Release
Coastal Pedestrian Bridge Closed to Prepare for New Bridge
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – A pedestrian bridge at Half Moon Bay State Beach along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail will be closed today, Monday, July 27, for at least a year as it is replaced with a new bridge, County officials said.
The bridge links two sections of Mirada Road over Arroyo de en Medio, a seasonal creek that originates on the western slope of Montara Mountain.
Popular with pedestrians, dog walkers, cyclists and individuals with disabilities, the bridge, unfortunately, must be closed due to structural instability.
“Closing a popular destination is something we do not take lightly,” said Jim Porter, director of the County of San Mateo Department of Public Works. “But that bridge is literally on the edge of California and the constant wear and tear from the harsh marine environment forces us to replace it.”
Crews from Public Works are installing signs alerting visitors of the closure.
The original concrete-arch bridge built before World War II was topped with the existing steel span in 2003. The replacement bridge project, now in final design stages, includes removing the decaying concrete archway and the existing pedestrian bridge, strengthening the banks below the bridge and installing a new bridge.
The new bridge will be manufactured from aluminum to help withstand the harsh marine environment.
Work will begin after the necessary permits are obtained and during the construction season. Advance notification will be provided prior to the start of construction.
Not Happy? Get involved.
San Mateo County Supervisor Horsley
San Mateo County Supervisor Horsley’s Aide, Chris Hunter
San Mateo County Public Works, Jim Porter
California Assemblyman, 24th District, Marc Berman
Assembly Berman’s Senior Field Representative: Leslie.Bulbuk@asm.ca.gov
California Coastal Commissioner (CCC), Carol Groom
Carol is also a San Mateo County Supervisor, @ 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA
Michelle Durand, Chief Communications Officer
County Government Center
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063