‘Walkabout Web,’ 30-mile loop trail system discussed

Wallace Tucker of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) made a presentation at the Fallbrook Revitalization Council meeting, Jan. 17, on the subject of the Walkabout Web, a proposed new trail system for the community. The plan consists of a 30-mile external loop, not including the existing numerous interconnecting trails within the loop. Tucker said it is intended to provide “more effective access to parks and preserves.”

Tucker emphasized in the presentation that “nature, urban and rural factors all affect one another.”

“One challenge with connecting these open spaces, is to maintain their purpose while simultaneously protecting them,” said Tucker.

The FLC, founded in 1988, is one of the most successful land trusts in San Diego County, stated Vince Ross, chair of the Revitalization Council, and a co-founder of the FLC. The 10 preserves are actively used by community members. For example, Los Jilgueros Preserve has approximately 14,000 visitors annually.

A trail on Fallbrook Public Utility District land along the Santa Margarita River, one of the few free-flowing rivers in Southern California, is maintained by the FLC’s Trails Council and is projected to be part of the

loop trail.

Another part of the envisioned trail, Tucker said, could be a six-mile strip of land owned and maintained by the Metropolitan Water District for its pipeline.

The future San Luis Rey River Park along State Route 76, currently in the developmental stage, has been included in the Walkabout Web plan as well.

Tucker said one of the more difficult parts of the loop would be around the Olive Hill Road area, because of the terrain.

“About 30 years ago, a master trails plan was created,” Tucker explained. “It was a blueprint of possible trails that sometimes crossed private property which created a bit of controversy in regards to easement access etc.”

Tucker said, “If future issues arise in regards to easement access, possible fundraising may be needed in order to purchase those easements.”

One of the first steps in creating the Walkabout Web, Tucker said, is to “rally together volunteers who could inspect and ground test the trails to determine if they are safe and compatible for walking.”

“There is no reason why eventually we couldn’t extend the trail to Temecula,” said Tucker, who also pointed out that trails which connect communities are becoming very popular.

Studies have shown that trails increase property values 10 to 20 percent and increased tourism by approximately 20 percent.

Tucker said the work at hand includes: creating maps showing potential yet realistic trails; and ensuring public access to them through agreements or purchase of easements if needed.

Tucker also noted that while many people enjoy the trails throughout the community, not all of them are members of the FLC. The non-profit organization relies on donations to continue the preservation and enhancement of the 2,025 acres that have been acquired since its formation. For more information, visit

www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org.

Fallbrook’s Walkabout Web

Goal

For resident to be able to leave their house anywhere in Fallbrook and walk ten minutes or less to pick up a trail that would take them on a walkabout to any location in town.

Plan of action

Identify safe and practical locations for trails

Create maps showing potential trails

Develop a team of volunteers to “ground-test” each proposed trail

Ensure public access to trails through agreements, purchase of easements, if necessary

Start development of trails, use them!

Collaborate with neighboring communities of Bonsall, Valley Center, Pala, Pauma Valley, Oceanside and Temecula to expand the web into their areas

Benefits

Trails are an integral part of the charming and harmonious nature of small town life

Trails connect the urban, rural, and natural environments

Trails enable residents to be happier, healthier, and wealthier (increased property values, tourism)

16 Responses to "‘Walkabout Web,’ 30-mile loop trail system discussed"

  1. Tony Purinton   January 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Im in. Going to call the FLC tonight to voluteer.

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  2. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   January 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I have never walked on a trail in Fallbrook. Where do I find a map of trails?

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  3. MOUNTAIN MAMA   January 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Oh this sounds wonderful! I’m in too!

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  4. Erik Benitez   January 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I think it’s a great idea!

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  5. Lee   January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    FLC, a BIG ‘THANK YOU’! THIS is the kind of program and thinking that preserves the quality of life of our beloved Fallbrook.

    Thank you, FLC, for everything you do for our beloved Fallbrook!

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  6. Property owner   January 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    A few of these "trails" happen to cut through private property. People come and park on our little privately maintained road and rip up the asphalt roads that are maintained by the families that live there. Many times we as a group of neighbors have cleaned up garbage and items dumped at the end of our road. I’m all for walking through the beautiful trails around Fallbrook, But please…park in the designated parking lots.

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  7. bonsall   January 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    love to get the access points of these trails to walk as well. Where do we get a map of these trails?

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  8. Route 66   January 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

    You old Birkenstock wearin’, doobie rollin’, Cheech n Chong listenin’,tree-huggin’ Hippies just never die–do you?!

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  9. Route 66   January 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

    …just lets you access your hidden MaryJane Native-Cultural hidden Sensemiila plots…more readily, huh? Gives a new meaning to "Fallbrook The Friendly Village!" Well, blaze on Hippies…blaze on!

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  10. Land Owner   January 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    There needs to be benches (made by scouts or service organizations) here and there to accomodate a resting spot or an outlook to view
    Could be a fund raiser to aid in the support of such a community thread for all.

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  11. Sz   January 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Great idea, but do you realize you are directing people to trespass through private property!?

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  12. Pink   January 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    @Route 66: Your comments made me laugh out loud……Don’t bogart that joint my friend………(-:

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  13. Alyson Breathed   January 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

    What a wonderful project – I’m in!

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  14. Lee   January 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    To Route 66 (#8 & 9).

    Do you know WHY folks like hippies never die? Because of love.

    got love, Route 66?

    PS. And no, I’m not a pot-smokin’ hippie.

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  15. property owner along the trails   January 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    as a property owner and trailer rider for over the past 20 years, not too enthuased about this, the amount of trash and litter that already accumulates down there due to the many people who "enjoy" the beauty of the santa margarita and its trail system is already Sad enough thank you very much.

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  16. Route 66   January 30, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Pink…! Me: FUHS Class of ’76…you? Keep laughin’ GF…thats the first sign of blazin’up too much…laughing and runnin’ up a "tab" at 7-11…!

    Lee- no hater here…its all LOVE for my peace-lovin’ peeps…in The ‘Brook…!

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