Sun could set on SLO night hiking, biking program due to litigation threat

Posted at 3:59 AM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 06:59:21-04

The city of San Luis Obispo is facing potential legal action over allowing nighttime hiking and biking off the Cerro San Luis Trail. 

In January, city council members approved a two-year pilot program to allow the trails on what is commonly known as "Madonna Mountain" to stay open after dark. 

However, the council’s decision upset some residents. Now, a lawsuit is brewing from a wildlife association. 

The council met in a closed session Tuesday night, after hearing from several concerned citizens during the public comment potion of the meeting. 

One of those concerned citizens was former San Luis Obispo mayor Jan Marx. 

"Rescind it! It was the wrong decision. It was a bad decision," Marx told the council. "Having people wandering around on bikes and hiking in the night in our open space is absolutely contrary to all the city policies."

If the city decides to go back on its decision to allow night hiking, the item will be put back on the council’s agenda for the next meeting. 

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