Included on the California’s list of State Parks to be closed in 2012 was the nearby Portola Redwoods. It’s mixed blessing being one of the most beautiful and least known parks in the Bay Area. With it’s fiscal record of losing $310,000 per year it’s not surprising, I guess. For those that ran in my La Honda Fat Butt 2010 you’ll remember it’s meandering Slate Creek trail that’s absolute heaven to run on. Leor Pantilat captured it wonderfully in video and photo in his blog post.
With the closure of this park the La Honda Fat Butt route will also fall victim to the CA park woes. This closure breaks the “crown jewel” Slate Creek trail connection of Long Ridge Open Space to Pescadero Creek County Park and beyond; at least officially. There is another way around — and it’s a LONG way around that pushes out the the Skyline-to-Sea trail, down to Big Basin, then cuts across an easement to emerge in Pescadero Creek. Maybe a 50 mile adventure for 2012?
To bid adieu to the current route, I’ll pull together one last HuRahhH for the La Honda Fat Butt in 2011. Maybe to celebrate my good friend Hao who turns an ancient 35 this year! Stay tune for the date!