“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir
Here in the Del Monte Forest, we are fortunate to have more than forty miles of pristine and beautiful trails that criss-cross and interconnect across our community. The trails network and the preserved open spaces are crown jewels of the Forest, allowing hikers and equestrians to choose easy or challenging trails to explore. Trail enthusiasts are rewarded with quiet, solitude and breath taking vistas while communing with the local flora and fauna, as well as burning off some calories. The DMFPO Board of Directors believes it is important to preserve and protect our world class trails network for all. Following the recent discontinuance of the Pebble Beach Riding and Trails Association, the DMFPO Board formed the Hiking and Equestrian Trails Committee (HETC). The HETC is an all-volunteer committee with a mission to work cooperatively with key parties including the Pebble Beach Company, Pebble Beach Community Services District, Del Monte Forest Conservancy, Open Space Advisory Committee and others to coordinate efforts to preserve and protect our trail system, and to promote the use and enjoyment of the trails network for all.The HETC had its inaugural meeting in April 2017 and the meeting was well attended with over forty trails enthusiasts (aka “Trail Nutz”), brimming with ideas and suggestions on how to preserve and protect the trail network. Since its inaugural meeting, the HETC has organized an Earth Day Spring Trails Clean-Up Day, completed a trail conditions survey for many of the popular trails, and coordinated with the Pebble Beach Company to focus trail maintenance efforts on key areas. Future upcoming HETC events include organized trail hikes led by local experts, semi-annual trail enthusiasts appreciation picnic, potluck, trail clean-up days, and other activities to promote the use and enjoyment of the trails network while getting to know neighbors and making friends.
The HETC meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of the first month of each calendar quarter. The next two HETC meetings in 2017 will be on July 19 at 1:45 and on October 11 at 4:00 at the Pebble Beach Community Service District building (3101 Forest Lake Rd, Pebble Beach, CA). Join the HETC and get involved in helping maintain and preserve our world class trail system. New members are warmly welcomed to attend the HETC meetings!