The Trail Companion
Theme: Trails and the ADA
Since the The Americans with Disabilities Act was
signed into law in 1990, nearly every one of us has
been touched in some manner by this far reaching law.
Many details were, however, left unspecified,
including parks and trails. The task of defining what
is meant by barrier-free access to the outdoors in
currently under final revision.
As trail managers and planners work to bring
outdoor parks into compliance with the ADA, the first
steps are not to "pave the wilderness," but to
evaluate current conditions and provide better
information about levels of accessibility for all
users. Beneficial Designs, located in Santa Cruz, CA,
has been a leader in developing standardized methods
of data collection with an information-collecting
system called the Universal Trail Assessment Process
Palo Alto, CA, resident Daniel Bartsch is not your
typical trail user. He doesn't often venture into the
wilderness on his handcycle - a specially adapted
wheelchair - but he probably knows the network of
town trails in Los Altos Hills better than nearly any
of the residents. Over a one-year period, he explored
every trail he could negotiate, despite steep grades
and other challenges. By Geoffrey Skinner.
There are a growing number of trails and parks
accessible to people with disabilities in San
Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz
Counties. Three accessible trails have been
constructed or maintained by the Trail Center,
including trails in Huddart County Park (San Mateo
County), Purisma Creek Redwoods (Midpeninsula
Regional Open Space District), and San Mateo
Shoreline (City of San Mateo).
In early October, the Trail Center and Wilderness
Press joined forces to publish and distribute our
maps. Both organizations benefit in this agreement.
The Trail Center will be able to concentrate on
creating and updating maps, while Wilderness Press
gains a great new product line (and guarantees wider
distribution). Look for our maps in the Spring 2000
Wilderness Press catalog. By Darwin Poulos.
Take a hike on the Mt. Eden and Canyon Trails in
Stevens Creek County Park. This route can be easily
hiked in under two hours and offers terrific views of
Montebello Ridge and the San Andreas Rift Zone. By
Our new literary section focuses on themes of
trails, parks, wilderness and human powered
recreation in the outdoors. We inagurate Wild Lit
with poems from three California poets.
Violet-Green Swallows - Maya Khosla
Autumn - Brenda Gunn
- Patricia Dove Miller
Pinnacles National Monument expands by 30% through
land purchases and transfers...Peninsula Open Space
Trust to buy Loma Prieta Ranch, linking Sierra Azul
Open Space Preserve and the Forest of Nisene Marks
State Park...Santa Clara County Parks changes fees
effective Oct. 1, 1999.
Trail Center volunteers bring the Castle Rock
Trail in Castle Rock State Park near to
completion...Three bridges constructed at Castle Rock
as an Eagle Scout project...Community Impact and the
Trail Center celebrate the 6th annual Community
Impact Day with two big groups from Siemens and
Trail reroutes in Jasper Ridge and Arastradero
In our move to an all-volunteer organization, we
are looking for an Office Coordinator and an
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