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Tierra Del Sol Club of San Diego's Adopt-A-Trail Saves Land

Posted in Events on May 2, 2013 Comment (0)
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With trail closures and land grabs sweeping across our nation, it’s refreshing to see some positive people trying to reverse that terrible trend. The Tierra Del Sol club of San Diego (www.tds4x4.com) has had an adopt-a-trail program going on in cooperation with the Cleveland National Forest for some time, and has recently opened up some new trails for wheeling enjoyment about 50 miles east of San Diego. Club members cut a handful of new side loops off the Gunslinger Trail in the Corral Canyon OHV Area. Approved by the Forest Service, these trails show that they really understand the principles of multiple use management, rather than closing off the forest to all uses.

The four-year effort was all volunteer work, with members from TDS, Just Runs, San Diego 4 Wheelers, San Diego Off-Road Coalition, and Southern California Ultimate 4x4. We joined Bo Neece from TDS for the inaugural run on the new trails and had a chance to thank Richard Tull, the program manager for the Cleveland National Forest. Along with Spencer Bleadorn, the Recreation and Lands Staff Officer, we learned all about the cooperative effort that results in more land to wheel on. While the rain sputtered on our trip, it sure didn’t rain on our parade, and we thank those wheelers and government officials who work together to make more recreation opportunities available.

The first new loop off of Gunslinger is Peacemaker, and it will remind you of an off-road shootout. While not a buggy-only route, you should make sure your rig is up to snuff with 33s and a locker for this one. The terrain is rough when dry and even more difficult after a rain.
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