Concept Unveiled for Devil Slide Park in Calif.
With the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil’s Slide up and running now, the county is ready to take over the coastal stretch of land that wraps around Montara Mountain to convert it into a park with trails.
According to a report by the San Mateo Daily Journal, the new leg of the California Coastal Trail will now take up the 1.2 miles of the old Highway 1 that used to connect Pacifica to coastal communities and provide unprecedented views of the California coast.
Caltrans is now constructing two parking areas on both ends of the tunnels and will add crossing signals for pedestrians and bicyclists.
A 4-foot-tall fence on the cliff side of the trail will be constructed, entry gates will be installed, trash cans and water hookups will added by Caltrans and bathrooms will also be installed with a pledge of $500,000 from the California State Coastal Conservancy.
Once Caltrans completes the work, the San Mateo County Parks Department will take over ownership of the land and has plans to spend $2 million to finish work on the park and staff it with rangers.
The new Devil’s Slide trail will connect to the Green Valley Trail to create an extensive network for bicyclists and hikers to access the coast from Pacifica all the way to Pescadero.
“It’s going to be like Sawyer Camp Trail except you will see sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean,” said Don Horsley, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
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