The Santa Susana Mountains Trails Master Plan - Phase II will continue efforts made by Los Angeles County to realize and preserve the full potential of regional multi-use trail connectivity. The project augments the Santa Susana Mountains Trails Master Plan - Phase I, which was adopted in May, 2015, and will complete the trail master planning efforts in the unincorporated northwest region of Los Angeles County.
The plan will balance a wide array of considerations to preserve the long-term sustainability of the County's multi-use trail network. It will act as a framework to encourage and promote new multi-use trails and recommend improvements to existing trails, planning trails with seamless transitions to areas, jurisdictions, and prime destinations within and adjacent to the project area. The plan will include recommendations for reducing unmet local recreation demand in the Santa Clarita Valley Planning Area, San Fernando Valley Planning Area, and throughout the Fifth Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County.
The draft plan will be presented at a number of community meetings, and ultimately to the County Board of Supervisors for approval (see project timeline below for anticipated dates). Following approval by the County Board of Supervisors, proposed trails from this plan will be incorporated into the County's General Plan. Recommendations included in the final plan will be consistent with the adopted County Trails Manual, approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2011.
The Santa Susana Mountains Trails Master Plan – Phase II encompasses approximately 24 square miles in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley in the northwestern portion of Los Angeles County. The study area is composed of generally mountainous and valley terrain that abuts Henry Mayo Drive (SR-126) to the north, the Interstate-5 freeway and the City of Los Angeles to the east, the City of Los Angeles and Phase I of the Santa Susana Mountains Final Trails Master Plan Area to the south, and the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan Area and Ventura County to the west. The study area is located in the Fifth Supervisorial District.
In addition to the public meetings shown in the schedule below, the County has collected public feedback via an interactive web map. Visitors were able to draw desired trail alignments, locations for potential trail access points, equestrian parks, or mountain bicycling parks, and add general comments to the map. The map closed to public comment on June 6, 2017
*Prior to these meetings, notices are sent to parcel owners within a 1/2-mile radius of the project study area.