“A” Mountain Trail Gets Renamed for Gilbert Escandón Jiménez

November 14, 2012

The Sentinel Ridge Trail on “A” Mountain will be renamed the Gilbert Escandón Jiménez Trail in a dedication ceremony on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will also celebrate the start of construction for an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible trail from Sentinel Peak Park’s upper parking lot to a new overlook located on the south side of Sentinel Peak (“A” Mountain).

A handicapped access trail will be installed on Sentinel Peak.

Three trail signs will identify the Jiménez Trail. Jiménez and his wife Beatriz have lived in Menlo Park for 57 years and raised their five children there. Jiménez has been a member and trail hike leader for the Southern Arizona Hiking Club for 50 years.

Jimenez has hiked on Sentinel Peak trails for 50 years and has done volunteer trail maintenance on all the trails on the mountain for years. Even at the age of 86 he has still been found walking up the trail doing maintenance.

The new ADA accessible trail project will come with handicap parking improvements to the upper parking lot, a new trailhead plaza with interpretive graphics and park information signage, and a small plaza overlooking the Santa Cruz Valley with seating, interpretive graphics, and a shade Ramada.

Also included in this project is miscellaneous directional signage for the existing hiking trails in the park and the construction of a new park identification monument at the corner of Congress Street and Cuesta Avenue.

City Council member Regina Romero, the Southern Arizona Hiking Club and the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association led the charge to collect 500 signatures to rename the Sentinel Ridge Trail to the Gilbert Escandón Jiménez Trail.