The second phase of the Santa Susana Mountains Trail plan was approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, adding nearly 58 miles of multi-use trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.

The plan provides a roadmap for adding to about 10 miles of existing trails in the scenic Santa Susana Mountains and follows a two-year planning process.

“I’m a strong advocate for improving outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors in my district,” said Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I am excited that more than 67 miles of trails will be available for families to enjoy, and in turn improve the quality of life in the Santa Clarity Valley.”

The plan offers a framework for connecting various user groups and populations and is geared to support a growing population in the Santa Clarita Valley.

It doesn’t include trails originally proposed near the Santa Susana Field Lab because of health-related concerns raised by residents about the ongoing cleanup of toxic chemicals and radioactive isotopes at the former nuclear and rocket testing site.

Department of Parks and Recreation Director John Wicker thanked Barger for her help in identifying property owners, trail users, developers and other community members critical to the success of the project.

“Our strong partnerships will help secure future trails that will be loved by the public for decades to come,” Wicker said.

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