The official opening of the Devil’s Slide trail is being delayed by the recent rainy weather and the absence of specialized handrails around the north overlook.
“It’s very minor things. We’re down to the wire and we’ll get it done but there’s too many variables right now to set an opening on March 21,” said county Parks Director Marlene Finley.
Finely hopes a new date can be announced Monday and that the delay will only be between a few days and a week. While the new date is uncertain, Finley said it won’t be that far off.
The 1.3-mile public trail is the site of the former Devil’s Slide section of Highway 1 which closed when the Tom Lantos Tunnels opened. In its new use, the trail will be open to bikers, walkers and those on horseback.
One lingering issue is the handrails that have been ordered but have yet to arrive. Fencing has gone up around a good portion of the site but some spots require the handrails. Finley said her department is currently working with the manufacturer to see if delivery can be sped up.
Another issue contributing to the opening delay is the surfacing on the trail which needs to be done within a certain temperature. With the rain and unpredictable weather, Finley said it is uncertain the work will be done by the original March 21 target.
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