The annual Thanksgiving weekend "Desert Gold" horse event caused heavy damage on many Fort Ord Trails (both county-owned and BLM.) Trails 50 and 82 as used in the current Sea Otter XC course suffered a lot of damage as the horse event continued during the rain.
If the Monterey Downs Horse Park development is approved and built, this will be the norm for Fort Ord trails not the exception. As it stands now, the trails will recover during the Winter…but if the Horse Park is built, what will so many 1,000lb + animals do to the trails on a daily basis? This constant trail damage would be in addition to the wildlife and habitat loss caused by the massive residential and commercial development.
Trail Damage Photos:
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