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Theme: Long Hikes for Long Summer Days

A 20-Mile Hike through the South Skyline Region

Skyline to Sea

A Mid-Summer Experience

Other Features

Access to the Popular Stanford "Dish" Area Restricted Under Conservation Plan

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to Limit Bicycle Access

Take a Volunteer Vacation this Summer

Book Review: Handbook for Forest and Ranch Roads

Pat Oren's Secret Trail Work Motivator - Revealed!

Wild Lit

Note from the Literary Editor

Meeting with Pan at Midnight - Rachel Oliver

Apogee - Brian Kunde


From the Editor

Park News

Trail Center Notes

Upcoming Events

Along the Trail: Member and Volunteer Notes

The Trail Companion

Summer 2000

From the Editor

by Scott Heeschen

Tom Davids, our hiking guide for this issue, writes the "Weekly Walker" column, which appears in seven SF Peninsula newspapers published by the Independant Newspaper Group. His walks range from strolls to strenous treks (such as the entire Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail in a single day). Tom is a San Carlos resident and his hikes focus on the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains, but he walks and writes about the greater the Bay Area...and beyond. Many of his walks can be found on his Weekly Walker website. He welcomes comments and suggestions. Fax to the Independent at (650) 692-7587, or e-mail to: .

And coming up in The Trail Campanion...

Fall 2000
Exploring the Past: All of our public lands have stories to tell. From one-time San Francisco Mayor and California Governor "Sunny Jim" Rolph's spread along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains (now Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve) to the grizzly bears that once roamed the hills, discover the history of our parks - both human and natural.

Winter 2001
Giving Back to the Parks: Trail building is only one of the many ways we can give back to the parks. We look at docent programs and other volunteer activities in Bay Area parks and open spaces.

Spring 2001
Natural History: The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a rich community of flora and fauna. Learn about our unusual plants, rare habitats and the geology underfoot. well as news of Trail Center events, park news, and new literary works.

We're always looking for contributions to the newsletter-trail and park issues, hike/bike/ride descriptions, book reviews, volunteer opportunities, and literary works (poetry or prose) on wilderness, the outdoors and human-powered outdoor recreation (and you needn't be restricted by the issue theme). Articles may be up to 250 words in length (feature articles may be longer). We may also be interested in reprinting or adapting articles published elsewhere in print or linking to articles published electronically.
Deadlines for upcoming issues:
Summer 2000: Friday, June 2
Fall 2000: Friday, Sept. 8
Winter 2001: Friday, Dec. 9
Spring 2001: Friday, March 9.
Submit literary works or questions to Geoffrey Skinner, Literary Editor, c/o of the Trail Center or by e-mail ; all others, to Scott Heeschen, Trail Companion Editor, c/o the Trail Center or by e-mail.

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