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Trail Use Designation Pilot Project

Trail project sign at trailhead


OC Parks in 2021 engaged in a Trail Use Designation Pilot Project that we hope will improve user experience and alleviate trail user conflict and congestion. The project involved temporarily changing existing trail use designations on select trails at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and Santiago Oaks Regional Park and evaluating information collected before and during the designation changes.

The Pilot Project started in Spring 2021 and was periodically evaluated to assess trail and user data resulting from the trail use changes. Researchers were onsite at the Pilot Project trails in May, June, and August 2021 to collect user feedback for use in a scientific survey. As of December 1, 2021, trails modified during the OC Parks Trail Use Designation Pilot Project returned to their previous use designations. Researchers compiled Pilot Project data into a final report for evaluation, which was distributed at the September 29, 2022 Trails Subcommittee meeting. Based on discussion of the final report, the Trails Subcommittee members determined at teh December 12, 2022 Trails Subcommittee meeting that trail use designations can serve as a viable tool for OC Parks to consider in trail management decisions. Please visit this webpage for the latest project updates and the  Trails Subcommittee webpage for past and future meeting information and instructions on how to publicly participate in Trails Subcommittee meetings.

If you used the trails in the Pilot Project and would like to provide general public comment on the pilot trail use designations, please click here to provide feedback.  General comments can be sent to: (please indicate “Trail Pilot Project Feedback” in the subject line).   

The Pilot Project has been shared at OC Parks advisory body public meetings and supported by the OC Parks Commission, Trails Subcommittee, and Coastal Greenbelt Authority.  

Project Documents:

For park-specific questions, please click the appropriate park link below for contact information:

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Santiago Oaks Regional Park