Statewide Trails Program
Working on the Pacific Crest Trail’s Fuller Ridge Trail in Mount San Jacinto State Park
CCC crews have been working at state parks since the Corps was created. In 2008, the partnership between the two agencies was expanded with the development of the CCC/California State Parks Trail Program. The two agencies established the program to ensure a coordinated effort to produce high-quality trails and provide corpsmember training and skill development.
Aaron Dunson, the CCC’s Statewide Trail Coordinator, oversees the planning and implementation of specially funded trail projects by CCC crews throughout the state. Some of the projects include trails meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to assist with disabled-access.
Previous work has included trails at Mt. San Jacinto State Park in Riverside County, where crews from San Bernardino and Pomona are working along the Pacific Crest Trail, maintaining the Fuller Ridge section of trail and constructing a new bridge in Long Valley.
In San Luis Obispo County, CCC crews have been constructing a boardwalk and causeway and ADA trail at San Simeon State Park, where elephant seals return every winter.
Other projects have included work at Pismo State Beach on a coastal access trail (San Luis Obispo County); work on the Stump Beach Trail at Sonoma Coast State Park (Sonoma County); ADA projects at El Capitan State Beach in Goleta (Santa Barbara County); Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve (Mono County); and work on the Skyline Trail at Castle Rock State Park (Santa Cruz County). Additional trails are being surveyed for future CCC projects.
Building a trail for elephant seal viewing at San Simeon State Park
Tin House/Waters Ridge Trail completed in 2010 by Los Padres (San Luis Obispo) crews at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park