Liberty Gulch Trail Update MCBC Helps Secure Funding For Liberty Gulch Bridge
MCBC has helped secure funding for materials to construct Bridge #7 on the Liberty Gulch Trail on Azalea Hill. Thanks to a contribution from the Hard Yaka Foundation, Phase 2 of the Azalea Hill project is nearing completion. Part of MCBC’s 3-Gaps Initiative, this project is a key gap closure toward a car-free trail route from the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes Station.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition recruited a large group of volunteers to help install two new trail bridges on the Liberty Gulch Trail earlier this year. However, the project funding did not account for the pandemic induced spike in material costs. And funds were not available to purchase the wood, concrete and hardware needed for the final bridge. MCBC jumped into gear working with MMWD and two Americorps interns to come up with a solution. We then presented the plan to the team at Hard Yaka Foundation in March. They agreed to underwrite the $18,000 cost for materials so that the bridge could be built this year.
The effort helps progress Phase II of the District’s ongoing Azalea Hill Trail Restoration Project. Marin Water is committed to protecting the watershed and maintaining an outdoor recreation area that is inclusive and safe for all trail users. The Azalea Hill Trail Project, which improves sensitive habitats and creates formal trails in the area, is an extension of this commitment. Thank you Hard Yaka Foundation for contributing to this project! With this crucial funding, the final bridge on Liberty Gulch can be completed in the current construction phase.
Currently, the lower position of the trail is slated to be completed near the end of 2022. The trail will then be open as an out-and-back experience with views of Alpine Lake.
Enhancements on the upper portion of the trail, which includes installing a significant retaining wall at the top, should begin in 2023.
For now the trail is closed to all visitors and there is no official open date. Please respect the trail closure so work crews can stay on schedule.
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