Happy to report some progress with improving our trail network at Twin Peaks:
On August 20 and 21, 2016, Rec and Park partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor California (“V-O-Cal”) to get an impressive amount of improvements made to the trails.
Volunteers removed deteriorated timber steps, decommissioned a section of trail that ran through prime endangered Mission Blue Butterfly habitat on the lower half of Twin Peaks, and created more gradual and more sustainable trail routes. They also created a new trail west of the guardrail north of the north peak, which will help hikers and bicyclists connect toward Mount Sutro and Interior Greenbelt. See photos and map of projects completed through this effort below (Projects 1 through 3 have been completed).
This partnership with V-O-Cal, with oversight from Rec and Park’s Volunteer Program and Natural Resource Division, helped the Department to save a significant amount of time and money, in addition to building community and ecoliteracy.
Due to limited funding and a spring 2017 deadline for a state Habitat Conservation Fund grant, we have gone ahead and advertised a more limited scope than anticipated to contractors to pick up from where volunteers left off. This scope will include replacement of steps on the north peak, installation of stringer stairs and box steps in the area pictured below, installation of wayfinding signage and erosion control. Bids are due on December 8, and we anticipate that construction will begin in early 2017.
Please stay tuned for more updates.