I wrote up my own notes last week, but I was waiting for Rec and Park to release their map of the final trail proposal, which you can now see above. I made a Google Earth overlay of the previous version of the map, so… here’s an update! (KML, requires Google Earth.) As noted in the earlier post, Google Earth’s terrain model is somewhat lacking in detail, but it nevertheless illustrates the proposed changes with more dimensionality than a flat map.
I tried to match these screenshots to a couple of the gorgeous photos from the Bernalwood Air Force’s recent aerial reconnaissance mission. This pair shows the proposed new north-slope trail alignment:
This view from the southwest shows a steep trail up to the top, above the Esmeralda stairs. The upper portion will likely be closed for erosion control. According to Rec & Park’s meeting notes, “existing trails denoted by dashed lines will either be decommissioned if they contribute to erosion or loss of habitat or be left in place but be unimproved.”