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Theme: The Trail Center at the End of the Millennium

A Brief History of the Trail Center

The National Volunteer Project and National Outdoor Volunteer Network

The Changing Face of Volunteerism

The Changing Face of Public Lands

A Trail Center Index

A Catalog of Trail Projects, 1983-1999


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Support California Parks and Wildlife in the March 7th Election

Following the Ridgelines

In Memoriam: Will Rudge

Discovering the Textured Lands with a Hike up Black Mountain


Wild Lit

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Bear Following Birds - Maya Khosla

Union Valley Reservoir - Crystal Koch

Circles - Janice Dabney


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The Trail Companion (ISSN 1528-0241 (print); 1094-222X (online)) is the quarterly newsletter of the Trail Center.

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The Trail Companion

Winter 2000

Theme: The Trail Center at the End of the Millennium

A Catalog of Trail Projects, 1983-1999

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Alum Rock Park (City of San Jose)

Todd Quick Trail
(1993-1994; 16 days; 416 vols.): Cows were the word on this project, a new 0.9 mile loop trail, kicked off on the first annual National Trails Day in June 1993 (which a cleanup in Alum Rock Creek). The loop trail in San Jose's oldest and most popular park, replaced trails destroyed in the 1982/1983 El Nino storms. The trail, named for the late San Jose park ranger, is the highest in the park, and offers spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains. Crew leaders often took time off from trail building to chase away stray cows from neighboring ranchlands. This project also has the distinction of having the most days canceled or cut short by rain. The project was funded by grants from REI and others, as well as by donations from TC members under the Buck-a-Foot program.
(1995; 1 day; 14 vols.): Trail maintenance.

Arguello Park (City of San Carlos)

[Canyon Trail]
(1996-1997; 12 days; 265 vols.): New 0.4-mile trail connecting the recreational facilities and school in the lower park with the neighborhood above. Trail includes large set of stairs and two small bridges, one of which we dubbed "A Bridge Named Alice" to honor our former office coordinator, Alice Stern.
[Unnamed Trails]
(1997; 5 days; 87 vols.): In Phase II of our work at Arguello Park, we rebuilt several sections of existing trails, including installing a new set of steps on one trail and installing large retaining walls on others.

Arastradero Preserve (City of Palo Alto)

Acorn Trail
(1998; proposed): Reroute of steepest portion of trail near southwest corner of preserve.
(1999; proposed): Reroute of 2 eroded sections near water tank access road and closure of unneeded trails.
Perimeter Trail
(1998; CTD; 83 vols.): Reroute of 1100 ft. of trail; restoration of 500 ft. of eroded social trail; 300 ft. tread maintenance.
(1999; CTD + 1 additional day; 41 vols.): 600 ft. of tread restoration.

Big Basin State Park

Eagle Rock Trail
(1985; SCMTD; cosponsored by SCMTA and Sempervirens Fund; 140 vols.): Brushing and new trail construction.
East Ridge connector to Huckleberry Campground
(1984; SCMTD; cosponsored by SCMTA; 170 vols.): 3/4 mile cleared.
Rancho del Oso horse camp
(1988; CTD): Complete fencing at new horse camp.
Rim Trail
(1984; see East Ridge Connector, 1984): 3 miles cleared.
Lunch at Castle Rock, Spring 1999
Lunch at Castle Rock, Spring 1999
Photo by David Crosby
Skyline to the Sea
(1984; see East Ridge Connector, 1984): 3 miles rebuilt between China Grade and Opal Creek; 2 miles cleared on Middle Ridge.
(1991; co-sponsored by SCMTA; 1 day; 15 vols.) Trail maintenance below Waterman Gap.

Butano State Park

Canyon Trail
(1984; SCMTD; co-sponsored by SCMTA; 35 vols.): Slide repair.
(1986: CTD; 16 vols.): Trail restoration.
[Connecting trails in campgrounds]
(1985; SCMTD; cosponsored by SCMTA and Sempervirens Fund; 85 vols.): New trail construction at walk-in campground and in Pumphouse/Goat Hill area.
Goat Hill Trail
(1984; see Canyon Trail, 1984): Brush work.
Jackson Flat Trail
(1984; see Canyon Trail, 1984): Tree clearing and drainage work.

Byrne Preserve (Town of Los Altos Hills)

Artemus Gintzon Trail
(1993; proposed): Reroute and tread improvements.

Calero Lake Estates

Calero Lake Estates Trail Easement
(1997; proposed): 2700 ft. trail on easement in Calero Lake Estates subdivision, connecting Santa Teresa County Park and Lightfoot Stable Lands, with possible extension to Calero Reservoir and County Park. Due to environmental questions, subdivision (and trail) put on hold.

Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock Trail
(1999-2000; 14 days; 209 vols.): Rock walls, more rock walls, and still more rock walls. The 0.7 mile-long reroute of the eroded and steep Castle Rock Trail features more rock walls per mile than any of our projects, including the Stiles Ranch Trail. We completed the first half with a grand celebration for National Trails Day with the help of Any Mountain Ltd. The second half is nearly complete will be open to hikers in February 2000.
Loughry Woods Trail
(1984; SCMTD; co-sponsored by SCMTA; 30 vols.): New trail construction on a 2-mile segment. Trail originally called Loughry Forest Trail.
[Reforestation project, Partridge Farm area]
(1985; proposed): Proposed tree planting and restoration in former Christmas tree farm.
Ridge Trail
(1995; 3 days + NTD; 85+): Rebuilt major portions of the Ridge Trail near Goat Rock; completed on National Trails Day.
Saratoga Gap Trail
(1985; SCMTD; cosponsored by SCMTA and Sempervirens Fund; 21 vols.): Maintenance and boulder removal.
(1995; 2 days; 50+ vols.): Trail repair, rebuilding and reroute of upper portion.
Skyline to the Sea
(1984; SCMTD; co-sponsored by SCMTA; 18 vols. + CCC crew): 7 miles of Waterman Gap to Saratoga Gap rebuilt.


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