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VOLUNTEERS CLEAR LITTER AT HISTORIC TRAIL.

Byline: Troy Anderson Staff Writer

In an area once used to carry stagecoach passengers between the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, Winnetka residents Ken and Doug Mott found the remains of an old bicycle Saturday during the second annual Litter Roundup and Picnic at Santa Susana Pass Historic Park.

``It's the most unusual trash of the day,'' said Ken Mott, picking up the rusted hunk of metal. ``It's a bicycle sprocket with a crank and one pedal we found up the hill. It's chrome so it must have been up here about 15 years.''

Ken's son Doug, 8, also found something unusual in a wash in the mountains - a five-level wasp nest.

``It was all muddy,'' Doug said.

About 75 people turned out Saturday for the fund-raising event sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains.

People enjoyed a roper's workshop, displays, bluegrass music and a silent auction at Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire St.

Lindsay Wilhelm, vice president and fund-raising director for the foundation, said Boeing employees, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and two busloads of children from the Volunteer Center of Van Nuys came to pick up trash at the scenic park, located on 670 acres where the Old Stagecoach Trail ran.

``We would have liked to have had more people, but those here enjoyed the music and the roping demonstration,'' she said.

A park ranger attached steer heads to pipes in the park and taught people how to rope.

``It was pretty cool,'' Doug Mott said.

Proceeds from the event will go to help the foundation, which began purchasing the land in the early 1970s for the purpose of preserving the area in its natural state.

The goal of the foundation is to save the historic Old Stagecoach Trail property. In 1971, the trail was designated by the California Historic Landmark Committee as a point of historical interest.

The park contains several pictographs and bedrock mortars left by the Tongva, Chumash and Alliklik American Indian tribes.

In 1861, a stagecoach station and road were built over the Santa Susana Pass. Coming down, all the brakes were applied and the coaches literally slid down the rocky road, giving the road the nickname ``Devil's Slide.''
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