LAKESIDE (CNS) - The two-mile El Monte Park Trail and 1.5-acre staging area in Lakeside were dedicated in a ceremony Tuesday.
The trail runs between El Monte Valley and Blossom Valley, along the base of rocky El Capitan Mountain.
"For a long time, the community has wanted safe, official access to beautiful El Monte Valley," said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents East County on the Board of Supervisors. "Whether you ride a bike or a horse, walk or jog, you'll enjoy this new path."
Future trails along the San Diego River Valley will connect to it.
The staging area includes parking for cars and horse trailers.
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