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"Who else has had more of an impact in guiding hikers to the magnificent trails this area has to offer, or the value of preserving our remaining undeveloped open space than Jerry Schad?" Asks a petition aimed at renaming the 55-mile Coast to Crest Trail in San Diego County to The Jerry Schad Trail.

Currently under construction, the 55-mile long multi-use trail system will stretch from the Crest Canyon Trail in Del Mar to the San Dieguito River's source on Volcan Mountain, north of Julian.

"I've had the pleasure of hiking many trails I never would known existed if not for his Afoot & Afield books and numerous Roam-O-Rama articles in the San Diego Reader," reads the message from Parkinson.

More than 1,150 people have signed the petition, which was created by Robert Parkinson. 2,000 signatures are needed to submit the petition to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park.

I am waiting to hear back from the San Dieguito River Park, the agency responsible for forming a natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley, for the next steps in renaming the trail.


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Visduh Oct. 3, 2011 @ 7:29 p.m.

And here I weigh in as devils advocate. There are many nature lovers in the county who have not been so enchanted with his efforts, many of which revealed otherwise unknown attractions. The now-closed Cedar Falls trail was one that Jerry publicized and glorified. It was then "discovered" by many users who would have never known about it, and ended up grossly overused. Despite some major expense and construction, that trail became a nuisance to residents at its lower end and then tragedy struck.

Perhaps the five year rule for naming things for persons could be invoked here. The view could change greatly by the fifth anniversary of his passing. What is the hurry?


nan shartel Oct. 3, 2011 @ 10:28 p.m.

cause it would make his wife Peggy so happy Visduh


SanDiegoHiker Oct. 3, 2011 @ 11:26 p.m.

To say the Cedar Creek fiasco was a result of Jerry Schad including it in his books is probably an exaggeration, at best. I doubt many of the flip-flop clad partiers, carrying beer instead of water, were hikers at all, much less readers of Jerry's books or articles. There are many, many hikers out there, who learned about San Diego's beautiful backcountry from Jerry Schad, and would appreciate a memorial to his contribution to the enjoyment of the county as a whole. I like the idea of a major county trail being named in his honor, as it probably matches his influence in the last 3 decades on San Diegans' enjoyment of the outdoors.


100peaks Oct. 5, 2011 @ 10:56 a.m.

I agree with SanDiegoHiker, Jerry wasn't responsible for Cedar Creek Falls' troubles. Word of mouth over social networking as exploded its popularity.

I am currently doing some research on the trail renaming issue and have an updated blog here:


I am currently waffling on whether or not the Coast to Crest Trail should be renamed.


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