Santa Teresa Park News January 2003

The heavy winter rains have had an effect on Santa Teresa Park. Here's a report on the park conditions as of January 2003.
  • Waterfall:
    The waterfalls in Laurel Canyon have been flowing. The upper waterfall is the most spectacular, but is only seen after heavy rains, and is hard to find. It can only be seen from one point: the Hidden Springs Trail below the Wright Center. To get to it, from the parking lot at the Pueblo Area by the emergency phone, take the Hidden Springs Trail to the left after the trail signboard, instead of to the right towards Coyote Peak. Head up the trail, which runs below the Muriel Wright Center on the hill to the left. The start of the trail tends to get muddy, so be careful. You will see two large oak trees on the side of the trail. The waterfall can be seen starting at the first tree and can be best seen from under the second tree. Look back towards Coyote Peak, then look down into the canyon. You should see the waterfall:

  • Trail conditions:
    • The Hidden Springs Trail to Coyote Peak is in relatively good condition considering all the rain. There are some muddy spots, but they can be bypassed.
    • The Coyote Creek Trail from Coyote Peak to the service road entrance at Countryview Drive is in good shape. This trail has been turned into a gravel-surfaced road by the company that services the antenna on Coyote Peak.
    • The Mine Trail is a muddy mess, particularly at the start of the trail starting from the last parking lot at the Pueblo Area:

      It's also muddy near the junction with the Rocky Ridge Trail, where the Mine Trail crosses the end of a marsh. As the trail descends to the Fortini Trail, it is also also a long and muddy stretch.
    • The Fortini Trail is not too bad, at least the section between the Mine Trail and the end of Fortinit Road. Be careful of the cable crossing the trail near the Club 14-E site and don't fall into the barbed wire fence.
    • I haven't been on it, but the Rocky Ridge Trail, as it ascends up the hill from Big Oak Valley, usually turns into a rain gutter in the rainy season. It's likely to be muddy. The upper portions of the trail below Coyote Peak and along the top of the ridge, tend to be dryer as the ground is hard and rocky. The lower portion of the trail through Big Oak Valley to the Mine Trail is deeply rutted.
  • Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch
    • There's a new drinking fountain near the ranch house.
    • The 4H kids have harvested some of the vegetables near the house and gave them to charity.
    • There is a new bulletin board on the restroom wall, currently showing pictures of community activities in the park:
    • There was a tree house in a tree by the canal above the Springs area. The rangers took it down. Since then, there has been vandalism at the Springs. The signs have been scratched. The slats on the fence by the springs have been kicked out.
Ronald Horii, 
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park 

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Created 1/11/2003 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park