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Receiving plaques of commendation were (left to right): Jo Kitz, Ron Webster and Linda Palmer. The certificates were presented by Kathleen Franklin, State Park District Supervisor, and Woody Smeck, Superintendent of Santa Monica National Recreation Area.
Trail building tools are laid out at the start of the Saturday work session.

A volunteer clips a branch that overhangs the trail.

Trail workers chop vegetation from the trail edge. The event garners inter-agency support.


Volunteers Support 25th Annual Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days

By Ed Stauss
Photos by Ed Stauss, Jerry Mitcham, Greg Sweel, and Liz Baumann
April 30, 2006

Over 115 volunteers and additional agency personnel worked to build and restore trails in Point Mugu State Park during the 25th annual Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days on 28-30 April 2006. The rare opportunity of camping under the sycamores and oaks at Danielson in the heart of the park was free to volunteers on Friday and Saturday nights. Volunteers enjoyed a free barbeque dinner on Saturday evening, prepared by Kathleen Franklin, Frank Padilla, Jr., and Oscar Rodriguez.

Held only once a year, Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days is organized by a committee of citizens who love trails and is partnered by California State Parks, Sierra Club, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, California Native Plant Society, Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association, National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association and Temescal Canyon Association. Trails that were worked included Coyote, Guadalasca, Blue Canyon, Old Boney, Upper Sycamore and Hidden Pond Connector.

Trail Days was organized 25 years ago by a group of interested citizens to help maintain and improve trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. Three Trail Days founders who were present at this latest event, Jo Kitz, Linda Palmer and Ron Webster, received Special Commendation certificates from Kathleen Franklin of California State Parks. The Trail Days Committee, consisting of those three individuals plus other interested citizens, received certificates from the California Assembly Fran Pavely, 41st Assembly District, and Sheila Kuehl, 23rd Senatorial District and from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, Linda Parks, Chair of the Board and Supervisor 2nd District.

Barbecued chicken and beef was prepared at Danielson for all trail workers.

Clearing brush on Blue Canyon Trail.

Taking a breather on Upper Sycamore Trail.

Treadwork on Upper Sycamore.

The Guadalasca crew unwinds after Saturday's work.

Lancelot flexes his wings.