Last Call for Pt. Reyes Comments Hey, Horse Council: It’s Time to Share!
We were surprised by Marin Horse Council’s recent public statement: “Action Needed – Bikers trying to gain access to Pt. Reyes Wilderness!” Not only is that claim completely false, it conveniently ignores the fact that equestrians currently enjoy access to a phenomenal 123-mile trail system, including within the Pt. Reyes National Seashore’s Wilderness Area! Note to Horse Council: It’s time to share!
In its request for comments and proposals on leased lands, the National Park Service outlined what they’re looking for: Trail opportunities that focus on loop routes, connectivity with adjacent public lands, and facilitation of north-south connectivity across the landscape. Potential routes that primarily use abandoned or administrative roads (including ranching roads); new trail construction would be very limited.
Melanie Gunn, Point Reyes National Seashore Outreach Coordinator, said the public is invited to provide input as the park crafts its next plan for their active ranch properties, adding, “We’re very interested in comments related to that area of the park.”
Here’s what we’ve asked for, on your behalf:
A new trail between Devil’s Gulch and Platform Bridge through the Cheda, McIsaac, and Zanardi Ranches.
A plan to connect the Cross Marin Trail into Point Reyes.
Adoption of social trails off Bolinas Ridge for better connectivity and a single-track trail experience.
An extension of the Olema Valley Trail to Bolinas on the east side of Highway 1.
Gap closures for bikes through ranch lands in the park, including closing the Estero Trail loop, connecting Sir Francis Drake Blvd with Pierce Point Road, and connecting Marshall Beach to Pierce Point Road.
A more bike-friendly permit application process for road and mountain bike events in the park, including along Bolinas Ridge and out to the lighthouse.
Bikes have no access to the Wilderness Area, and we’re asking for none!
Now, here’s what we’re asking you to do:
Tell the Park Service that improved bike access is important to you! Comments are due Friday, November 30.