Nearly a decade of planning — the collaboration of city, county and state agencies and utilities with local residents and members of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council — came to a victorious close Saturday as the ribbon was cut on a trail completing a 12-mile trail loop that weaves through the city and into nearby foothill locations. The loop will provide further access to a trail network whose total distance measures more than 26 miles.
The Trails Council Link, named after the local association of nature-loving locals that helped guide the effort, constitutes a roughly 800-foot stretch of pathway connecting Verdugo Boulevard and Descanso Drive. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can now cross the 210 Freeway heading south to access trails along the Cherry Canyon and east to Hahamongna Watershed Park. Finishing this particular stretch presented difficulties that added years to the overall project, said La Cañada City Councilman Greg Brown.