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April 4, 1993
The new hiking permit tax voted in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is unreasonable, multiple taxation. Our regular taxes provide money to be used by the Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain the trails. I am entitled as a taxpayer to enjoy the horse trails, mountain trails and our local campgrounds. In some cases, a fee for overnight or daytime camping is already required. Now we have to pay additional fees to hike to the place we just paid to camp at. Something else that really pulls my chain is the adopt-a-trail program.
April 24, 1991 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN
Although freeway-close to urban areas, Southern California's mountain ranges are nonetheless rugged; even experienced hikers must use caution. The U.S. Forest Service and other state and local agencies with jurisdiction over these areas are often unable to maintain trails and in many cases depend on local volunteers. This means that, especially after the March rains, some trails are eroded or partly blocked by rocks or debris. Here are some hints for safe hiking: * Watch where you are going.
Why bring the 10 essentials on every hike? Consider the following: * A Palmdale woman goes hiking with two friends in the Angeles National Forest. They separate. It begins to snow. The woman's friends become concerned when she fails to return to the car. * Four hikers attempt to summit Mt. San Gorgonio, but they can't find the trail they're looking for. It's a nice day, but night comes and the temperature drops. They're stranded at 10,000 feet.
January 8, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
With the fire season declared over, areas north and west of Brea Canyon, Tonner Canyon and Carbon Canyon have been reopened for hikers and nature lovers. Brea's acting fire chief, Bill Simpkins, said those areas had been closed since last May 28 to reduce the danger of fires in that part of the county. The areas were reopened Monday, Moody said.
May 10, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE
Wilderness experts offer one critical bit of advice for people heading into the mountains, forests or deserts: Use common sense. "Develop some wilderness savvy or outdoor savvy, and make sure you utilize it," said Judy Behrens, public affairs officer for the Cleveland National Forest in Corona. Common sense includes some basic planning: * Know where you're going. Use maps to plan your itinerary. * Tell someone where you're going and when to expect you back.
May 19, 1997
Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 67-year-old man who went hiking early Sunday morning in the Verdugo Mountains. Byung Suk Kim told family members at 6 a.m. that he was going to go through Brand Park and then over a mountain to the La Crescenta area to another family member's home, according to Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. "There are trails that take you over the top," Lorenz said. "There are a lot of roads and a lot of trails that aren't marked."
October 2, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
AUTUMN is a wonderful time to explore the nation's parks, and hiking is one of the least expensive, healthiest and most rewarding ways to do so. Many state and national parks, forests and seashores have well-marked trails. Even if you're not in top physical condition, you'll probably be able to find a level, easy trail or one that has access for disabled travelers. Here are my choices for the top autumn hikes in America. Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California.
Fifteen minutes of tossing pebbles into a stream? No problem. Stop to collect acorns? That's fine too. Scamper to the top of that boulder? Have at it, I say. Take it from the father of a wilderness-savvy 2 1/2-year-old: Hiking with small children isn't about reaching peaks or pounding out the miles. Hiking--and I use the term in its most general sense--is about having a fun, safe outdoor experience that will help to instill a love of nature and set the stage for those real hikes later in life.
May 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arizona authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death last week of a 15-year-old Northern California girl who collapsed during a desert hike overseen by a youth motivation group. Michelle Sutton of Pleasanton had gone on the hike as a way to distance herself from alcohol and drug use, friends said. She died Wednesday after she grew dizzy and collapsed in a remote area north of the Grand Canyon while hiking with four other youths and two adult counselors.
April 7, 1992 | AARON CURTISS
In addition to monthly historical walks, the Friends of Soka University will offer environmental hikes in the mountains surrounding the Calabasas campus. Led by Juliana Gensley, the hourlong hikes will focus on wildlife and plants commonly found in the chaparral around the university. Gensley, a docent at Topanga and Malibu Creek state parks, has been a naturalist for the Sierra Club.
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