MONTECITO, Calif. - It's a special day for cyclists, hikers and the many who were affected by the devastating mudslides on January 9, 2018, as the Montecito Trails Foundation officially reopened Cold Springs Trail on Sunday morning.
“We're really appreciative of all the people who worked on these trails. They're in excellent condition and great for traveling on,” said hiker Andrew Dunsworth.
For the past two years, the trail was not in good condition and had to remain closed while crews worked to rebuild the paths.
“The mudslides were devastating in santa barbara. it's excited that everyone is coming together and reopening the trails. People can get back out their and enjoy Montecito. We're excited,” said hiker Emma Kroloff.
County Supervisor Das Williams said restoring access to the area has been a priority for the city.
“We feel this is part of the recovery process for the community. There were a lot of local residents who were here on the morning of the mud flow. there is a tremendous amount of optimism coming out of it,” Williams said.
Crews are planning to build a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians near the trail.
“Cold Springs is going to be a great symbol of recovering,” Williams said.
While East Mountain Drive is still closed at Cold Springs Creek, the trailheads are accessible to pedestrians.
Major trail repair work was completed by the Montecito Trails Foundation.