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Trails damaged by Cocos Fire reopened

SAN MARCOS — Ten months ago, devastating fires along the hillsides in San Marcos not only destroyed 36 homes and charred 2,000 acres — it also badly damaged two of the city’s most popular trails.

On March 7, San Marcos officials celebrated the grand re-opening of those trails, the Double Peak and Ridgeline trails.

The re-opening of the trails was the keynote of the city’s 24th annual San Marcos Trails Day.

The city closed the segments of the trail — including Stone Canyon from Double Peak to Twin Oaks Valley Road – following the Cocos Fire in May, which cost the city upwards of $1 million. Coincidentally, the trial of the girl accused of starting the fire began this week.

Saturday’s event started at 9 a.m. at the end of Santa Barbara Drive, where the ribbon cutting was held, and the public was invited to use the three- and seven-mile trails, which are built for hikers of all skill levels.