Posted by: konoctitrails | February 14, 2010

South County

South County Study Area

Communities and Destination Areas:
Middletown, Hidden Valley, Cobb, Boggs Mountain, Boggs Lake, Trailside Park

Types of trails are Existing, Proposed (approved in plans) and Conceptual Connections (wish list) divided into a three-tiered hierarchy:

  • Regional Trails (RT), connecting neighboring communities or regionally significant attractions.
  • Community Connector Pathways (CP), link important land uses and areas of interest, into the regional system
  • Local Trails/Pathways (LT), connect neighborhoods to schools, shopping; trails within parks.

Please note: Conceptual connections listed may or may not be possible trail routes due to a variety of reasons – terrain, cost, land issues. These are just a suggested wishlist and will be researched/revised in the future.

South County list from Workshop 1 and Online Survey

Type    Description
RT    Hidden Valley to Middletown
RT    Connection to Napa/Sonoma
CP    Putah Creek
CP    Community pathways from Cobb to Boggs State Forest
CP    Bottlerock Road from Pine Grove to Rob Roy Golf Club
CP    Connection to Guenoc Ranch
LT    Bike lanes and walking paths through and on Cobb Mtn
LT    Vernal springs off Bottlerock Rd.

South County List from Workshop 2:
RT   Connect the Cobb and Middletown communities
RT    Connections between the “south county’ area and the rest of Lake County
RT    Cobb to Boggs Forest connection
RT    Bike route along Bottle Rock Road
RT    Konocti to Boggs connection
RT    Ziegler Road bike trail
RT    Big Canyon Road to Hidden Valley (hiking along Putah Creek)
RT    Connect Boggs to the rest of County because of heavy use.
RT    Connection to BRBNA via Robert Louis Stevenson State Park/Pope Valley
RT    Knoxville to Coyote Valley connection
CP    Potential trail access to area vineyards (general note: Langtry/Guenoc future possibility)
CP    Geysers access (land trust) compile mapping (who are key landowners?)
CP    Use Putah Creek as a connection to vineyard on Butts Canyon Rd. (Mdltn to Butts Canyon Rd.
CP    Connection Hwy 175 & Harbin Springs Rd. (McKinley)
CP    Ford Flat Road access to use this as a trail?
CP    Possible use of former logging trails on Mt. Hannah
CP    Glenn Drive connection to school (nature trail/ Boggs West Project)
CP    Harbin to Boggs forest (existing public access)
LT    Research existing trails on 175 & SC & in Boggs
LT    Explore possibilities of Knoxville (within)

Opportunities/Constraints

  • Reach out to geysers landowners (geothermal)
  • Lack of road ROW for Class II facilities
  • Bikers/ horse & hiker conflicts on area trails
  • Signage and education needed for trail users
  • Coordinate/education awareness within area for mountain biking events (this is the main time of conflict between bikers/horses because equestrians are not aware of major biking events until they arrive in the area and see the event)
  • Illegal marijuana growers
  • Target shooting
  • Meth. labs in Knoxville
  • Design trails for ALL users (group not interested in specially designated trails for different users) This group is primarily equestrians
  • Need for additional trailer parking at trail heads
  • Mitigating mountain bike use impacts (idea: rotate bike use to different trails to minimize the impact on just a few trails)
  • Areas for proposed designated fire breaks could be used for trails(contact South Lake Fire)
  • Safety generally increases with increased trail use
  • Conflict with squirrel hunters
  • Multi-cultural/multi-lingual signage needed (Spanish, Asian)
  • Insurance challenges for public access
  • Potential access through Harbin Hot springs gate? (Currently is a toll gate)
  • Discern/ research interest in collaboration amongst groups in the study area
  • Interface with general plan/ blueprint 2030 meetings to provide trails input/ collaboration

Additional Notes

  • Research equestrian trail easements in Hidden Valley Subdivision
  • Hunting Club access (Wilderness Unlimited/Diamond D)
  • Highland Springs to Boggs connection & connecting South County to the rest of Lake County are KEY.
  • What is the County owned parcel in SE corner??
  • (County insurance needs/offers. Big challenge to landowners agreeing to an easement is their liability and who insures against accidents and how can reasonable rates be achieved?)
  • Are there any land trust holdings in SC?
  • Perform a public survey to solicit public trail priority list
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