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Trail repair, coastal hiking: Santa Cruz to San Mateo.

Trail repair, coastal hiking: Santa Cruz to San Mateo

Trail Days. Each winter, the Peninsula's hiking trails get battered--rains wash out sections and high winds blow deadfall across the paths. And each spring, volunteers help repair the trails on public work days. This year's Trail Days are on two Saturdays--April 19 and May 3. They offer the chance for satisfying work, exercise, and crew companionship.

Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, long-sleeved shirts and long pants (because of possible poison oak), gloves, and a hat for shade. Bring a lunch, water, and, if possible, trail tools such as a mattock, shovel, pick, heavy rake.

Parks scheduled for improvement April 19 include Big Basin, Butano, Castle Rock, Fremont Older Open Space, Nisene Marks, and Sanborn. May 3, crews work in Huddart, Junipero Serra, Pescadero Creek, and Wunderlich county parks, as well as Purisima Creek Open Space. Volunteers who want to work in Big Basin or Castle Rock should call (415) 968-2412 or (408) 252-1769. For other parks, work times, and site directions, call (415) 968-7065. Your $1 registration fee includes a Trail Days patch.

Coastal issues/hikes. April 19, in the town of Half Moon Bay, you can attend a conference called "The State of the California Coast,' with discussions in the morning and field trips in the afternoon. It's put on by the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation.

Topics include offshore drilling, San Mateo County development, Devil's Slide, fisheries, marine mammals, habitat protection, coastal access, and recreation.

Trip choices include Pescadero Marsh, Ano Nuevo Reserve, farmlands, and newly acquired McNee Ranch State Park. (McNee Ranch, near Montara, is difficult to find because access and trails are unsigned. For directions, visit the San Mateo Coast state parks office, at the end of Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay.)

Advance registration ($15) is recommended; call (415) 328-5313. The seminar begins at 9:15 at the Coastside Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. Cost includes a field trip; lunch is $5 extra.

From State Highway 92, turn south onto Main Street, then west on Kelly.

Photo: In San Mateo coastal hills overlooking Montara, hikers explore newly opened McNee Ranch State Park; you can visit on guided tours this month
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