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NPS is Proposing Two New West Side Trails

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to construct two new trails within Pinnacles National Park. Both trails would be built on the west side of the park and would begin at the West Side Visitor Contact Station (VCS). Construction of the VCS was completed in 2012 but no associated trails were built at that time. Visitors parking at the VCS currently have no way of hiking to other hiking trails within the park. The road that connects the visitor contact station and Chaparral Area is a one lane curvy road without shoulders that is unsafe for hiking.

The proposal includes construction of a one mile accessible loop trail with views of the Lyons Homestead, spring wildflowers, and the High Peaks rock formation. Another hiking trail (approximately 1.2 miles) would connect the visitor contact station with the Chaparral Area trailheads. Other minor site improvements and interpretative components are also included in the project.

The initial comment period for the scoping phase of the study will extend from June 25 through July 25, 2015. This phase is called "scoping" because with public and stakeholder input, the NPS will determine the "scope" or overall approach to the study. The NPS is hosting a public meeting to explain the study process, answer questions, gather information, and listen to public ideas and concerns. An environmental assessment (EA) is expected to be completed and released to the public in the spring.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Mission Room of the Soledad High School, which is located at 425 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, CA.

The public is invited to provide comments at the public meeting, comment online or by mail at:

National Park Service
Attn:Karen Cantwell
Pinnacles West Side Trail Project
333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA
94104-2828

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