Photo: San Diego County Parks and Recreation

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Helix Water District and the San Diego River Conservancy, is opening a new 0.8-mile stretch of trail from the old El Monte Pump Station on El Monte Road to Lake Jennings.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting are on Thursday, February 16th at 3:00pm, at 14003 El Monte Road in Lakeside and the public is welcome. Supervisor Dianne Jacob and representatives from Helix and the San Diego river Conservancy will speak.

This is the newest segment of the Helix Flume Trail, which follows the route of the redwood flume completed in 1889 to deliver water 35 miles from the Cuyamaca Mountains to a reservoir in La Mesa. The El Monte Pump Station was built later, in 1898, to push groundwater from the El Monte Valley up the hill and into the flume for conveyance to La Mesa.

The Helix Flume Trail is part of the San Diego River Trail – a partially realized conceptual plan that routes hikers, cyclists and equestrians along waterways from Julian to Ocean Beach.

The county completed the first segment of the trail, which runs east along the hillside above El Monte Valley, last year. Both segments feature educational kiosks and the opportunity to see wildlife.

For more information about the trail, contact Jessica Geiszler at 858-966-1331 or

Grand Opening Event Flyer

Helix Flume Trail Fact Sheet

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