May 2, 1993
You have had two articles running back to back about the nature trails (April 24 and April 25). The first one discussed the trails as being the latest victim in man's unrelenting abuse of nature, this time in the form of graffiti (a crime that should carry a sentence of a year's worth of community service cleaning up graffiti for a first-time offender). The latter article discussed how many are disillusioned and angry with the county's decision to charge a $23 annual trail hiking fee. Initially, I was opposed to the fee, but now I have changed my mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996
Full moons may make some people crazy. But to a group of Westside residents, a full moon means a nocturnal workout. The outdoorsy Brentwood residents hike in the Santa Monica Mountains on the evenings of full moons. Mark Stevens, who owns a fitness gym in Brentwood, says he has led groups of between five and 20 people on full-moon mountain hikes for the past eight years. "The full moon is so bright you don't even need a flashlight," Stevens said. "It's very mystical."
September 28, 2002
Re "A Few 'Squeaky Wheels' on Our Shared Trails," letter, Sept. 24: While hiking on trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, for over 20 years, I have never feared the approach of an oncoming hiker, but I have feared the approach of fast bicycles. Willis Simms Woodland Hills
November 29, 2005
Re "Oh, C'mon, Get Over Yourself" [Nov. 15]: I am a Sierra Club hike leader and somewhat chunky myself. Nevertheless, I have taken up walking half-marathons. I have seen many very large women finish the half, and probably some also do a full marathon. So a hefty woman can be quite strong and healthy! SHEILA ANDERSON Oak View
July 9, 1995
Having spent more than 20 years hiking throughout the Wildrose Canyon area of Death Valley National Park, I feel compelled to correct errors in the Hiking column on Telescope Peak ("Getting a Larger Scope of Life Below," May 21). First, the round-trip hiking distance, as provided by the National Park Service, is 14 miles, not 5.2. Second, the elevation gain from the trail head at Mahogany Flat campground, elevation 8,133 feet, to the 11,049-foot summit is 2,916 feet, not 1,800. Finally, the map showed the former national monument boundaries and not those of the enlarged Death Valley National Park.
November 1, 1987
Regarding the letter from Gemma Parks Oct. 18 on the Over the Hill Gang walking group: My Rainbow Walkers group has been going for five years. It's open to all ages of adult hikers. Singles are especially invited. We walk and talk on the horse and hiking trails in the La Canada-Flintridge area. We meet the most interesting people and sights. There is a requested $1 donation; I do this on my own and don't have the backing of a nonprofit organization. Please write, including a stamped return envelope, for details.