Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Stewart Lake Trail Accessibility Improvements
NOE - Notice of Exemption
This project involves accessibility improvements to portions of the Stewart Lake trail at Picacho State Recreation Area. Accessibility improvements are designed to bring the trail in compliance with State Parks accessibility guidelines and associated legal mandates. The existing Stewart Lake Trail originates at the campground and traverses along the west rocky slopes above Stewart Lake. After passing Stewart Lake the trail climbs into the mountains and ends at a park road. Most sections of the trail do no meet linear/cross grade requirements or surface firmness and stability accessible outdoor recreation trail guidelines.
This project proposes to use the existing route with minor reroutes as needed by constructing rock walls, rock causeways, drain lenses, adjusting cross/longitudal slopes, installing a steel boardwalk, fiberglass bridge, firm/stable aggregate surface, bench, and signage. The existing trail sections that are to be rerouted will be decompacted and rehabbed. The construction staging areas will be decompacted and rehabbed. One accessible parking space will be constructed at the trailhead in the campground.
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA 15300.2. If the project is implemented as indicated within the project description including comments provided by CDPR specialists, then it is exempt under 15301 - existing facilities and 15304 - minor alterations to land. The actions falls under 15301 as: trail or road repairs and modifications of existing facilities for handicap access; and trail construction or realignment.