I read with great interest and appreciation Bob Borthwick’s inspiring article, “The Tale of a Trail,” in last week’s Indy on the history of the San Clemente Beach Trail, now considered a model of collaboration. The lessons I learned from it, regardless of what seem insurmountable odds, are to stay optimistic, be flexible and not to give up.
It brings to mind that for decades OC Parks has envisioned and proposed a continuous trail from the Cleveland National Forest to the ocean at Aliso Beach, the “Forest to the Sea” concept plan which was published in 1974 and was adopted by the county in 1977 as part of the Orange County General Plan Open Space Element. Many of us still believe that it can be possible to have a safe, public trail linkage around the golf course in some creative fashion, connecting Aliso and Wood Canyon Regional Park to Aliso Beach.
As a walker and hiker myself, I can attest to the kind of folks that will be hiking/biking on a canyon trail; they are quiet and respectful of nature and appreciate the beauty of the canyon. There are many golf courses across the country with adjacent or internal, multi-use, public trails, so let’s all be more adaptable like the San Clemente Beach Trail and figure out a way because where there’s a will there’s a way, a trail-way.
The Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness belongs to us all from the Cleveland National Forest to Aliso Beach and the Sea. If San Clemente can do it, we too can work out a compatible trail in the canyon for everyone, including the golf course and its patrons, and make us all pleased and proud of the accomplishment.
Everybody should get a chance to see Laguna’s Yosemite once in their lifetime!
Charlotte Masarik, Laguna Beach