To welcome a healthy New Year and bring people of all ages together in San Clemente, Councilmember Lori Donchak invites the community to participate in “A Peek at La Pata” hike from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, along the Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail. The event will begin at the Camino Del Rio trailhead at the end of Camino Del Rio, where street parking will be permissible during the hike.
The trail is hilly with lots of ups and downs and spans approximately two miles. Walkers of all ages are welcome and advised to wear a hat and closed-toe hiking shoes and to bring a water bottle.
The hike is not conducive to baby strollers. Domestic pets are not allowed in the county’s construction zone per its permit conditions.
Participants will see up close the progress being made on the county’s Avenida La Pata/Camino Del Rio Extension Project, which is designed to complete the planned improvements identified in the County of Orange Master Plan of Arterial Highways. The improvements will reduce congestion and improve regional mobility in South Orange County by providing a north-south alternative to Interstate 5 between Ortega Highway to the north and Avenida Vista Hermosa to the south.
Joining Councilmember Donchak are the City’s Deputy Public Works Director Tom Bonigut and Nardy Khan, the Orange County Public Works’ Manager of Project Management Division and Strategic Communications Officer Shannon Widor, who will be available to answer questions about the project and highlight the public benefits. The views from the trail provide 360-degree scenic panoramic views of the La Pata project, Catalina, Dana Point, Saddleback Peak, and Camp Pendleton.