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City prepares for trail events

The 16th annual Trail Hike and Information Day is Saturday, and the Trail Dusters ride is May 16.

May 06, 2010|By Megan O’Neil

The La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council is gearing up for two major events on back-to-back weekends that will help shine the spotlight on the city’s trail system, officials said.

On Saturday, the Trails Council will host the 16th annual Trail Hike and Information Day, to be followed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s annual Trail Dusters ride on May 16.

“I think the trail system is really kind of a signature feature of the city, and any chance we have to highlight it like that is good,” Mayor Donald Voss said.

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The Trail Hike and Information Day will begin at 9 a.m. at the entrance of Horse Lane Trail, which is on Foothill Boulevard across from St. Francis High School. Organizers will provide T-shirts, refreshments and trail information, said Trails Council President Randy Strapezon.

Attendees will be encouraged to explore the Horse Lane Trail and to participate in a scavenger hunt. The hike is open to runners, cyclists and equestrians, and is appropriate for young children.

La Cañada trails allow local residents to get out into nature, right in their own backyard, Strapezon said.

“They are unique to La Cañada,” Strapezon said. “Arcadia, Glendale, they don’t have a city trail system.”

In addition, La Cañada trails will host Antonovich and his annual Trail Dusters Ride on May 16. The horseback event, which can attract as many as 200 riders, will kick off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Rose Bowl Riders facility and will conclude with a barbecue in Hahamongna Park.

City trails are pruned on a quarterly basis, said Gonzalo Venegas, a facilities and maintenance superintendent with the city. But there are also county-controlled trails, including the Gould Canyon Trail and the Cross Town Trail, within La Cañada that have received extra attention from the County Parks and Recreation Department in anticipation of Antonovich’s visit.

“They just recently completed all the grubbing, or weed clearing, from within the trail itself and 4 feet on either side of it to make sure there is no invasive weeds coming in, and that it is clear for all riders and walkers and bikers,” Venegas said.

The Trail Dusters ride is $30, not including horse rental. Registration forms are available at City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd., and at the La Cañada Valley Sun office, 727 Foothill Blvd.


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