Del Mar Mesa: Goodbye . . .
Pardee homes is going to start grading of the Del Mar Mesa area for development Monday. Ride it one last time this weekend if you can. I rode there this morning and there is already surveying marks and orange fencing up.
Here is a message I received today clarifying what will or will not be open during development:
I just met with Pardee and the grading contractor this morning and we
have good news.
"Side Hill" will remain open for the duration of the project.
Access will be provided by going to the end of Carmel Mountain Road,
past the construction trailer office where a trail will be delineated
with orange fence and signs behind the newest construction site up to
the power line tower, and follow the newly installed signs to "Side
Cobbles/Queens will remain open with a slight variation at the
entrance/exit onto Del Vino; ALL USERS will have to enter from the east
side of Del Vino on the d.g. path through the wooden bollards.
Shaw Valley Trail will be OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY (Saturday and Sunday).
This is a little more difficult to explain, but once all the work is
done and signs are in it should be easy to follow. The grading
contractor will be installing a road from the end of Carmel Mountain Rd.
winding east down into the valley and then back up to the mesa, this
would obviously cause an impassable berm; however they will install a
ramp on the north side of the berm from the trail that will be open on
weekends for equestrians and hikers to get up to the newly constructed
road, turn west toward Carmel Mountain Rd and link onto the new trail
access to "Side Hill". This will all be signed and fenced.
THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE CENTER OF THE MESA FROM ANY OF THE TRAILS
FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT. DO NOT VANDALIZE/PASS THE ORANGE FENCE
INTO THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE FOR YOUR SAFETY!!! Some of the orange fence
will be protecting vernal pools that are being restored, so it is very
important that you STAY OUT.
The developer assured me that trails are a high priority, they want to
get the grading done and the new trails in as soon as possible. The new
trail will go along the rim of the canyon and then a bit through the
neighborhood past and through the vernal pool sites that are being
preserved. It won't be the winding ups and downs that are there
now, but it will be a nice link between Cobbles and Side Hill/Shaw
Now I know there is concern that even though Cobbles and Side Hill are
open, having no way to connect by way of the mesa seemingly doesn't
do any good unless you live in the neighborhood. However, I have to
disagree with that view. Once you pop out of Cobbles, go out to Del
Vino and then down Del Mar Mesa Rd to the west (there are multi use
trails along the road, or just ride the road) until you get to Carmel
Country Rd go south up the hill to Carmel Mountain Rd and turn east to
the end where you can access Side Hill. I know it's not Open Space,
but you'll get a good work out and it is a great loop. Also, you
can access the Neighborhood 10 trails and "Eucalyptus" from
Carmel Country Road. It will be something new…
I really want to emphasize again how important it is to not build/cut
any new trails through the open space areas. This is a transition we
all have to deal with, so let's make it as easy and uneventful as
Please pass this email on to everyone you know that uses the Del Mar
Mesa trails so they won't be caught off guard Monday morning when
they go out for their daily run. Thanks, BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN.
Senior Park Ranger
City of San Diego, Open Space Division