AVLTO Mission:

“ To create and preserve a Legacy Trail to the historic Apple Valley Landmark known as Hilltop House; providing far reaching educational, civic, economic and environmental benefits for the region, its visitor’s and the generations to come”. 

AVLTO:…a history of setting Trail Markers: 

Gateway Phase I:  July 2012 to April 2014

The famous AVLTO Gateway presentation ‘saddled up’ April 13, 2013 as part of an AV Chamber Luncheon.  The detailed AVLTO Proposal, Vision and Concepts were presented and an important Community Conversation was launched. 

The first sighting of Trail Dust is reported…

 Reclaim Phase II: April 2014 to June 2016

The AVLTO became an affiliate project of the High Desert Community Foundation.  This partnership, endorsed by the Town of Apple Valley (TOAV), would advance the ‘idea’ into an ‘initiative’.  Positioned with structure and resolve,  TOAV, Hilltop Owner and the AVLTO forged an alliance to deliver our landmark on behalf of the Community and utilizing State of CA Land Acquisition Grants.  Twenty six months later…Reclaim concluded and in a big way!   TOAV Manager, Frank Robinson, successfully quarterbacked acquisition of Hilltop, ending years of Community frustration

Trail Dust broke out everywhere!

Grassroots era ends and a Regional Amenity is born: 

Folks, this is no small task; there’s much work still to be done.  Currently the TOAV (Hilltop Owner and authority having jurisdiction) is analyzing all elements necessary to open the trail to the public…in the safest manner possible.  This includes studying access, insurance, security, maintenance and Hilltop House Ruin resolution.  Once complete, this historically rich, pack-in pack-out trail – located in the “Rafters” of Apple Valley’s desert sky – will be enjoyed by young and old, rich and poor…and in perpetuity!

Trail Dust, it seems, is an epidemic!

Community Lift and Partnerships:

Lead by the TOAV, Community Partnerships will transform the “Ruin on the Rocks” into a “Place”

“Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being”  Wikipedia

What’s next for the  AVLTO ? :

 Repurpose Phase III:

As the genesis organization for the AVLT Concept, we’ll continue being guided by our Mission and  focus on (3) key areas which are vital to sustainability of this Heritage Trail.

  1. Cultural Preservation: 

   Promote and support new and existing Placemaking initiatives both in Apple Valley and beyond, like… AV Legacy Trail, AV Legacy Museum, AV Steak Fry, Trigger’s Care, the                     Village in Apple Valley and more… 

  1. Generational Sustainability:

  a.  Promote and support Youth education and activities which connect the next generation to their Cultural Narrative

  b.  Award annual scholarships to high school students who make significant contributions in preserving and enhancing OUR “better way of life”.

  1. Keep on making Trail Dust with TRAIL RIDERS like… You!  Your generous support in time, treasure and talent does make a difference!

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Ph. 760-242-8877

Donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated!  You may make a check to HDCF (High Desert Community Foundation) with “Apple Valley Legacy Trail” in the memo section.  Send to HDCF, 16020 Apple Valley Road B6, Apple Valley, CA 92307.  You may also donate by using a credit card or PayPal: