San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Helix Board President Joel Scalzitti cut the ribbon on February 16th, marking the grand opening of the Helix Flume Trail, a public trail that zig zags up the hillside from the old El Monte Pump Station. The county trail features interpretive signs that explain how the trail got its name — it follows the route of the old redwood flume that delivered water at the beginning of the 20th century from Lake Cuyamaca to La Mesa.

Want to hike the trail in under two minutes? Watch the county’s virtual hike video.

Driving directions to this newly opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is .6 miles ahead on the right, at the old El Monte Pump Station

Driving directions to the previously opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is 4.1 miles ahead on the right, at El Monte County Park

Read San Diego County’s Helix Flume Trail Fact Sheet

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