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The view looking East from Jimmy Durante Boulevard

The beginning of a planned 80-mile Coast-to-Crest trail is emerging as a boardwalk north of the San Dieguito River at the Jimmy Durante Bridge in Del Mar. Board member and photographer Stu Smith has captured some construction photos for your viewing and to encourage your interest in the next steps! (These photos were taken in early December 2006.)

The planned San Dieguito River Park Coast-to-Crest trail begins at this juncture and will stretch eastward on the north side of the River all the way to Volcan Mountain near Julian. About one-third of the 80-mile multi-use trails for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders are already in place and open to the public. The boardwalk section of the trail will be available to pedestrians only.

The boardwalk will add 1400 feet to the River Park’s trails, and it will eventually connect with the planned trail going east along the northern edge of the Wetland Restoration Project. When completed this spring it will also connect to Riverpath Del Mar to the west across Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Riverpath is a “small haven where pedestrians can watch birds and leaping fish; enjoy a picnic, and follow the footpath along the San Dieguito River toward (but not to) the beach.”

In February the Del Mar Rotary Club will sponsor a campaign to finance and install deck boards on the boardwalk sub-structure. The 22nd Agricultural District and River Park Conservancy will install the nearby landscaping.

Excellent information about the River Park's trail systems can be found at the Park's website: or by calling (858) 674-2270. The Activities & Events link often includes guided hikes in the Park.