The Trails Council (later changed to Fallbrook Trails Council) was formed early in 1999 to address the issue of needed trails for walking and horseback riding in Fallbrook. In this short period of time our dedicated members have achieved many notable accomplishments. The founding members are Al and Donna Gebhart, Joe and Jane Comella, Dave and Carolyn Major, Sherri Lenfers, Ted Wortman, the Haydens, and the Trauts.
The Fallbrook Trails Council has:
- Raised all the funds, coordinated and implemented all projects in the Santa Margarita River Trail system
- Created the Docent Program with SDSU, including the large binders early 2000’s. so our members could become docents and lead hikes and rides docent led through the SDSU property
- Provided a high quality trail guide illustrated by our talented local artists, showing local flora, fauna and trails
- Maintained the Santa Margarita Trail System formally since 1999, and before that Equestrians maintained the trails, and the founders were and are members of the Trails Council today
- Installed infrared cameras at the staging area for public safety
We have worked with the Fallbrook planning group to create a map of paths and trails which have been included in the Fallbrook Community Trails Master Plan for San Diego County. This will preserve and promote multi-use, low-impact trails and paths as resources for community health, personal fitness, and natural beauty.
Members of the Fallbrook Trails Council have sat on the Fallbrook Community Planning Group, Circulation Committee, Design Review, and Land Use to try to get pathways implemented wherever possible on projects that come before the Planning Group.
Bert Hayden and the Thursday group spent months GPS’ing all the valley trails for emergency responders, and flash drives were delivered to Cal Fire, North County Fire, Sheriff’s Department. Fallbrook Public Utility District and the North County Fire are now working on a First Responders’ map as well as a map for the public.
We partnered with the County to develop the Santa Margarita Open Space Preserve and opened that area in 2007. That was a 7 year project, thousands of dollars we raised, and hundreds of volunteer hours to complete that project.
We contract with Cal Fire to help us maintain the trail system as well as to clear fire breaks for the community.
In 2015 we partnered with The Live Oak Park Coalition which manages and maintains the oak-laced park for the enjoyment and use of community members. Live Oak Park Coalition is a Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The Fallbrook Trails Council continues to work with local developers, neighboring trails committees and Fallbrook property owners, all of whom are interested in learning more about adding new trails and connecting Fallbrook trails to the larger network of San Diego and California trails.