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Public Comment Sought On Proposal To Build Trail System To Three Sisters Falls, Eagle Peak

Photo caption: Three Sisters Falls near Descanso is pictured in this undated photo.

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Three Sisters Falls near Descanso is pictured in this undated photo.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that they're seeking public comment on a proposal to build a trail system to Three Sisters Falls and the summit of Eagle Peak in San Diego's East County mountains.

The 3.9-mile hike to Three Sisters Falls, near Descanso, is described on hiking websites as difficult but fun, with occasional rock scrambling, rope climbs and a payoff of waterfalls and a pool at the end. The 4 1/2-mile Eagle Peak hike provides some of the best vistas in the region.

However, 24 hiker rescues have occurred in just the last two weeks from injuries or heat-related issues, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

More than 400 hikers on weekends and holidays access the falls via a network of user-created trails that cross steep, rugged terrain, prompting concerns regarding the safety and accessibility, according to the agency.

"It is important that we provide safe access on a well-designed trail and protection of resources in a sustainable manner," said District Ranger Chris Dowling. "With resources being heavily impacted, and injuries to hikers rising, this comes at a pivotal time."

Dowling said the plans are also designed to deal with problems regarding parking and waste.

A draft environmental assessment suggests either building a trail system, closing the current trail or taking no action.

Documents on the proposals are available here.

Comments emailed to comments-cleveland@fs.fed.us will be accepted through July 5.

This post has been updated to reflect the extended comment period.

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