Yep, it’s that time of year. Humans aren’t the only ones on our local trails — now you can come across more slithery hikers as well.
The aptly named “Staff Writer” has the details on snakes in the local area, thanks to the Redlands Conservancy and the Daily Facts, “Snakes on the trails”:
Hikers on Redlands’ rural trails already have noticed the snake tracks crossing the trails. It’s the time of year when snakes of all stripes come out of hibernation and take to the trails.
“Snakes on the rural trails in the canyon areas are just a part of life in the country,” said Sherli Leonard, executive director of the Redlands Conservancy.
“Anyone who uses the trails must be aware that they may encounter a snake, and use the trails with caution. Keep all dogs leashed so they don’t encounter the snake, either. If this is intimidating, people should probably wait until later in the year to use the trails.”
These suggestions apply no matter where you’re at in the SoCal area.
Good news from Loma Linda, with an official map of their South Hills Preserve getting the final okay from the City Council.
IE 24/7: “Loma Linda approves trails map”
The City Council recently approved a map of trails in the South Hills Preserve, which encompasses nearly 1,700 acres of undeveloped city-owned land.
“This is a milestone,” said Jim Walling, chairman of the city Trails Development Committee, which spent many hours researching and coming up with names for the trails.
In November, city voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure designating the land as permanent open space.
“The goal here is to make the hills accessible to people, so they have an idea where they’re going,” said Councilman Robert Ziprick, an avid hiker who has pushed for the trails network.
Loma Linda’s efforts, not to mention those of the adjacent Redlands, are quite awesome for the local outdoors folks.
The Daily Facts has the details on the new Creekside Trail in the San Timoteo Canyon of Redlands: “New trail climbs hills above San Timoteo Creek” — can’t wait to go check it out!
Redlands has a new trail, and it’s ready for walkers, hikers and mountain bikers and their pets.
Creekside Trail, Redlands Heritage Alliance Trail No. 12, takes people high onto the hills above San Timoteo Creek for vistas, exercise and respite from the chaos of civilization.
Constructed by Bellfree Contractors Inc. and funded by a private donor, the single-track trail begins at the corner of Alessandro Road and Creekside Drive, just north of the bridge over San Timoteo Creek, and climbs into the hills between the road and the creek for a total round-trip mileage of three miles. Users can also start farther east where the trail goes through the fence for a round trip of two miles.
Intrepid local Flickrite Cyclotourist was at the dedication ceremony today and has a photo set posted. Looks very spiffy!
The Redlands Conservancy site has a few construction photos and a PDF overview map of Redlands trails.
Creekside Trail, now open at the east end of Creekside Drive, on the south side of the road. Directions: Alessandro Road, south toward San Timoteo Creek; turn left on Creekside Drive just before the bridge; go to the end of the road and park along the street. Trail is on the south side of the road.
Though it sadly isn’t a surprise, mountain lions aren’t the only species you have to be careful of while riding your bike. Streetsblog LA has the story on yet another attack/mugging on a cyclist along the Ballona Creek Trail, “Not Again! Another Story Tells of Attack on Ballona Creek Trail”:
[...] they ambushed me into the rail and I flew over the rail on the crew side. they started beating me up and wanted everything I had. I was in shock at first and did not know what happened. They kept shouting at me in foul language and asked from my IPod and anything else I had they continued to beat me until I realized what was happening and I finally shouted 911, 911, 911 and they ran away. All they got my $2500 bike. They wanted other stuff in pockets but they could not get into my pockets. I could not move much and stayed down until they left. It was near the McConnell Ave. entrance less then a block west near the building.
Via LAist, who point to other attack stories.