Celebrations of National Trails Day started on Friday, June 3, at St. John’s Trailhead, where we joined County Volunteer Coordinator Carol Branch to unveil a new trailhead map sign created through collaboration of the city and county.
Matthew Johnston of St. John’s College welcomed the group of roughly 50 attendants, reflected on the lasting public value of trails and open space, and invited participants to try out a new trail that St. Johns College volunteers have been building at the base of Sun Mountain.
Following more words of appreciation and encouragement by County and City elected officials, a small group hiked up to the Dorothy Stewart trail head to appreciate another new sign installation there.
On June 4, the National Trails Day celebration continued at Sierra del Norte Trailhead, with a Dale Ball remembrance and community hike organized by SFCT. After SFCT’s new executive director Sarah Noss presented two of Dale Ball’s children, Alan Ball and Portia Blackman, with plaques of appreciation, we took a hike around the northeast loop of Dale Ball Trails with an excursion to the nearby interpretive sign and view point on the La Piedra Trail.
In addition to admiring the first of the three trailhead map installations, we showed off a new display, created by Attila Bality of the National Park Service, promoting the Grand Unified Trail System (GUTS) initiative which serves to continue the spirit of Dale Ball by improving access and enjoyment of open space for all Santa Feans and their guests.