Pacific Union College is opening 35 miles of forest trails for public use. The Napa Valley Register reported that the trails are set to officially open by the end of August. They are located at Angwin in the mountains northeast of St. Helena in the Napa Valley area of Northern California.
The Adventist institution had previously tolerated but not officially allowed public use of the trails due to liability and forest protection issues.
The Open Space District helped change this state of affairs by agreeing to indemnify PUC against liability. The district also agreed to provide upkeep for the trails and help educate hikers on forest ecology.
Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will be able to use the trails, and dogs will be allowed on leash.
The forest has Douglas firs, redwoods, bay laurels, ponderosa pines, madrones and black oaks. The trails cross more than 1,000 acres of land.
Pacific Union College is a an Adventist-owned liberal arts college in Napa Valley, California. It is the only four-year college in Napa County.