Veteran's Pass Trail Grading


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Veteran's Pass Trail Grading
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project would allow grading of Veterans Pass, which partially follows a historic era trail from WWII, under prescribed conditions to maintain historic characteristics. The historic trail, referred to as Military Dump Road (MDR) in site records at the district, is associated with the WWII rocket target areas Winona I and II. MDR is marked on USGS Quadrangle maps as being a Jeep Trail. Veterans Pass Trail was created in the early 2000’s after Ocotillo Wells SVRA purchased additional land to the north of existing park boundaries. The trail is roughly three miles long, following a generally straight east to west orientation. Veterans Pass is utilized recreationally by park visitors and as a means of transit by maintenance to reach facilities at Pumpkin Patch. Veterans Pass trail overlaps the historic MDR trail for roughly a mile. For a list of project conditions, please contact the project contact listed below.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California State Parks, Ocotillo Wells District
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Veteran's Pass, west of Poleline Road
Other Location Info
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action complies with CEQA because it is: (1) categorically exempt under Class 1, Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines, Existing Facilities, as it involves maintenance of existing public facilities with no expansion of existing use; and (2) there are no unusual circumstances or other applicable exceptions to the exemptions.


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