Verdugo Mountains Trails Plan
San Rafael Hills Trails Plan
San Gabriel Mountains (Deukmejian Wilderness Park) Trails Plan
Proposed Trail Improvements
The Citywide Trail Master Plan program will establish guidelines for multi-purpose (pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian) trail development, for trailhead design, for public access to open space and park areas, for signage and for volunteer programs. In addition, detailed maps and plans for trails within the Verdugo Mountains, the San Rafael Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains (Deukmejian Wilderness Park) will be completed.
The first phase of the project consisted of eight public meetings and revisions to the existing trail maps for the three major open space areas within Glendale. New trail maps with proposed improvements for the San Rafael Hills, the San Gabriel Mountains (Deukmejian Wilderness Park) and the Verdugo Mountains were approved by the City Council on January 8, 2008.
Topics to be addressed in the next phase of the Plan include:
- Accessible trails
- Access points
- Adopt-A-Trail program
- Connections to other trail systems
- Construction costs
- Signage program
- Development guidelines
- Docent opportunities
- Trailside facilities
- Funding opportunities
- Maintenance standards
- Volunteer development
- The City of Glendale Community Services & Parks Department is responsible for the planning, development, and operation of the City’s Trail System. Existing recreation trails have been established in the Verdugo Mountains, the San Rafael Hills, and the San Gabriel Mountains (Deukmejian Wilderness Park).
- The City Park Rangers currently patrol some of these trails and coordinate volunteer efforts for trail building and maintenance. A comprehensive plan for trail development, public access points, trailhead facilities, connections to surrounding jurisdiction’s trail systems and amenities has not been adopted. This has led to a fragmented pattern of trail sections, confusion as to the proposed trail alignments and lack of coordination of efforts by City Departments in these open space areas.
- In the past, trails were seen only as having recreation value. Today trails are used as alternative routes for transportation. They are used by walkers and bikers for health and fitness, they provide an opportunity for environmental education, and they allow people to “get away” from the hectic pace of life and enjoy the peace and solitude of nature. They also add to an area’s quality of life and increase property values when properly constructed and maintained.
Project background for more information please call the project manager listed above or contact our administrative office at (818) 548-2000.