2019 California Trails & Greenways



APRIL 23 - 25, 2019



Pre-Conference Workshops


Educational Breakout Sessions

Awareness to Action: Creating Stewards from User Groups

Backbone Trail Construction:  Hindsight is 20/20

Balancing Conservation and Recreation – Trails on Conservation Lands

Breaking CEQA News!  Amended Guidelines / New Court Decisions

Building a Water Trail in California—Nuts, Bolts, Cattails, and Knives

Building Big Through Community Engagement: LA River Strategies

Building Voter Approval for Trail Funding

Developing a Trails Mobile App - Alternatives and Key Lessons

Direct vs. Indirect Management On Trail Systems

Enjoy the Journey! Interpreting Conservation with Trail Use

First Contact – The Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail

Improving Drainage and Erosion Control on Existing Trails

Improving Single-track Trails via Continuous Maintenance 

Managing High Use Recreation in Areas with Sensitive Species

Measurement and Applications of Park and Open Space Trail User Surveys 

New State NPDES requirements - the Ticket for Greenway Projects

New Trails for Porterfield Creek Trails Preserve

Planning the Santa Maria Creek Greenway 

Proposition 68- Trails and Greenways Grant Program Workshop

Santa Ana River Parkway: A case study of multi-jurisdictional trail planning

Sharing Trail Information through Emerging Technology

Stowe Trail – From Conflict to Resolution

The Changing Role of Communities and Partnerships in Trail Management on National Forest land

The Great Redwood Trail

The Merced River Trail: Lessons in Building Interagency and Community Consensus

The Otay Regional Trail Alignment Study: A case study of balancing conservation and recreation

The Tracks at Brea – from Vision to Reality!

Trail Development: Lessons Learned from Creative Problem-Solving 

Threading a Trail Through Sensitive Resources

Thru-Hiker Madness – Adaptive Management of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Understanding eMTBs and Trail Use

Tuesday Night Keynote Address & Welcome

Jeremy McGhee, pro adventure athlete, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime in the summer of 2012 and became the first paraplegic to climb and descend a major backcountry ski route in the Eastern Sierras…all with only the use of his arms. In 2014, he and the crew went on tour with the documentary film, sharing their story around the nation. In his presentation, Jeremy recounts the pitfalls and triumphs of his obsession with this ambitious expedition and explains how his biggest obstacles are not physical, but in his own mind. The question, he proclaims, that lies at the heart of our ability to accomplish what we want in life is, “How uncomfortable are you willing to get?” Hopefully you will leave wanting to take the reins of your own life and go live the adventure yourself!

Wednesday Evening Entertainment

Join us for a special showing of 4 Wheel Bob, the award-winning documentary film that tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845-foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Kearsarge Pass is a classic high approach into the Eastern Sierra, ten miles north of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower forty-eight. The famously steep and prolonged trail to the pass unfolds with Kings Canyon National Park providing the dramatic backdrop. For Bob in his wheelchair, this adventuring is fraught with danger. He must deal continually with altitude sickness and the threat of diabetic coma, not to mention possible fatal or crippling falls in the steep terrain. The path is often blocked with shattered granite, and Bob must turn his wheelchair backward in order to push uphill using only his arms. Going downhill has its own hazards; the trail is narrow, and his wheels often skid on the loose rock. We gain an intimate, foot-by-foot familiarity with Bob’s herculean effort and with some of the most perilous sections of the famous trail. 

Following the film, there will be a discussion with adventurer Bob Coomber and the filmmaker Tal Skloot.



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Marin County Parks


Alta Planning + Design



2019 Bronze Supporters

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East Bay Parks

All Trails


2019 Copper Supporters

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RRM Design Group Kurt LoheitCoastal Conservancy

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

US Forest Service


USA Conservation


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