CSPF's 2009 Year in Review
In this final episode for 2009 we focus on the state of our state parks after this difficult year, and look ahead at CSPF's efforts to save state parks in 2010!
Top 40 Stories - Dean Menta
We have one more Favorite Trails Series episode before our year-end wrap up podcast! Follow along as San Francisco Bay resident Dean Menta visits one of his favorite childhood sites: Half Moon Bay State Beach on the Northern California coast.
Top 40 Stories - Tana March
In this, the last of our Favorite Trails Series, Tana March takes a day trip to Leo Carrillo State Park in Southern California. Named for actor, preservationist, and conservationist Leo Carrillo, the park offers 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, beachcombing, surfing, and kite-surfing. Come along for a listen!
Top 40 Stories - Laura O’Loughlin
In this episode, Santa Monica resident Laura O’Loughlin describes her favorite SoCal day: taking a ride with her seven-year-old son on the bike path at Santa Monica State Beach
Top 40 Stories - Gerry Low-Sabado
In this episode, CSPF member Gerry Low-Sabado visits Pt. Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, which is steeped in family history. In the 1850s, Low-Sabado’s great-great grandparents landed at Pt. Lobos after journeying across the sea from Southern China.
Top 40 Stories - Matt Samet
In this episode, Matt Samet, Editor of Climbing Magazine, takes us rock-climbing at one of his favorite spots in Malibu Creek State Park in Southern California. The climbing wall—about a mile's hike into the park—looks like it's been placed there just for climbers.
Top 40 Stories - Bill Rupel
In this episode, avid hiker Bill Rupel treks the Kiln Trail in Fall Creek, which is the northern unit of Henry Cowell Redwood State Park in Santa Cruz. Rupel says Fall Creek is one of the best kept secrets of Henry Cowell – and he likes it that way.
Top 40 Stories - Mark Saxon
In this episode, Los Angeles resident Mark Saxon checks out the view from Mount San Jacinto State Park near Palm Springs in Southern California. He says what he appreciates most is the diversity of both landscape and climate.
Top 40 Stories - April Martin
In this episode Santa Cruz resident April Martin takes time-out at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Northern California. The park enchants visitors with a diverse landscape that rises 2,600 feet from sea level to steep coastal mountains.
Top 40 Stories - Renee Dake-Wilson
In this episode, Los Angeles resident Renee Dake-Wilson hikes Borrego Palm Canyon Trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – where she went camping with her son's kindergarten class. She says the trip transformed her son.
Top 40 Stories - Phil Shumway
In this episode, Chico resident, Phil Shumway boulders at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bouldering is a type of rock climbing done on low-altitude routes without a rope or any climbing gear.
Top 40 Stories - Amy Ziff
In this episode, travel expert Amy Ziff shares a cherished childhood memory – exploring Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel with her dad – on the back of his motorcycle.
Top 40 Stories - Ed Begley
In this episode, actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. takes a break at Topanga State Park in Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Mountains. At 11,000 acres, Topanga is the biggest state park within city limits. Thirty-six miles of trails lead hikers through open grassland and live oak with stunning vistas.
Top 40 Stories - Gary Myrah
In this episode, Bay Area resident Gary Myrah remembers a family trip to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in Northern California. Tired and dusty from a camping trip at Mt. Lassen State Park, the Myrahs decided to have one final adventure before heading home – hiking the Falls Trail to Burney Falls.
Top 40 Stories - Gary Polakovic
In this episode, CSPF Advisory Board Member Gary Polakovic takes us to Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area in Southern California. He says the park offers many different experiences for visitors all year round – plus, it’s just a one hour drive from Los Angeles.
Top 40 Stories - Diane Wainer
In this episode, Bay Area resident Diane Wainer beachcombs at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz County. The park is known for its amazing natural bridge which juts out into the ocean.
Top 40 Stories - Charlie Dimock
In this episode, outdoorsman Charlie Dimock tells about his favorite trail – the Ecological Staircase at Jug Handle State Natural Reserve in Mendocino County. Dimock says the 2.5-mile path explores five wave-cut terraces formed by glacier, sea and tectonic activity.
Top 40 Stories - Tom Esser
In this episode, PG&E Environmental Coordinator, Tom Esser, visits Montaña de Oro State Park in San Luis Obispo County, where he often hikes with his family.
Top 40 Stories - Lila Rogers-Swensen
In this episode, Los Angeles resident Lila Rogers-Swensen wanders Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in southwest LA with her three-year-old son. Rogers-Swensen says she was amazed by the park’s wilderness since it’s surrounded by urban sprawl.
Top 40 Stories - Ruth Sanfillipo
In this episode, Sacramento resident Ruth Sanfillipo jet skies Lake Tahoe in Emerald Bay State Park.
|Top 40 Stories - Rachel Leibrock |
In this episode Sacramento resident and writer Rachel Leibrock immerses herself in history at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in midtown Sacramento.
|Top 40 Stories - John McCosker |
John McCosker, Senior Scientist and Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, takes us to Ano Neuvo State Natural Reserve in Northern California. While most visitors come to Ano to see elephant seals, McCosker says the area is home to another inhabitant – the great white shark.
|Top 40 Stories - Matt Jaffe |
In this episode, Matt Jaffe – author of The Santa Monica Mountains, Range on the Edge – treks La Jolla Canyon at Point Mugu State Park in Southern California.
Top 40 Stories - David Spancer
In this episode, LA resident David Spancer strolls the River Trail at Rio de Los Angeles State Park just west of Downtown. It winds along part of the LA River.
|Top 40 Stories - Lonny Lundsten |
In this episode, marine biologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Lonny Lundsten takes us underwater at Point Lobos State Reserve in Monterey County.
|Top 40 Stories - Sharon Roseme |
In this episode, CSPF Member Sharon Roseme talks about her childhood favorite -- the Pioneer Trail from the Rattlesnake Bar Trailhead at Folsom State Recreation Area in Northern California.
|Top 40 Stories - John McKinney |
In this episode, CSPF member and author of twenty books on hiking including "Day Hikers Guide to California State Parks" John McKinney takes the Skyline to the Sea trail at California's first state park – Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz County. Visit the Trail Master on the web.
|Top 40 Stories - Terry Farmer |
In this episode, Terry Farmer takes us back to his childhood along The Sacramento River Trail at Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area.
|Top 40 Stories - Christopher Kennedy Lawford |
In this episode, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of “Moments of Clarity,” makes his way through Temescal Canyon —part of which is located in Topanga State Park in Southern California. Visit Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s website.
|Top 40 Stories - Philip Stevenson |
In this episode, CSPF member and Vietnam Veteran Philip Stevenson talks about finding love at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area in the San Joaquin Valley – where he met his wife, Jeannine.
Top 40 Stories - Huell Howser
In this episode, CSPF Advisory Trustee and host of the PBS show "California's Gold" Huell Howser takes us into Fern Canyon in Northern California's Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Visit Huell’s website to find out more about "California's Gold".
|Top 40 Stories - Amy Racina |
In this episode, Amy Racina, state park volunteer and author of "Angels in the Wilderness," takes us trekking on three connected trails -- the Madrone Soda Springs, The Mile, and the Narrows in Henry Coe State Park in Northern California.
|Top 40 Stories - John Blackstone |
In this episode CBS Correspondent John Blackstone takes us to San Simeon State Park's Piedras Blancas Bluffs along the Central Coast to see the elephant seals. Read about John here.
|Top 40 Stories - Ida Miller |
In this episode CSPF member Ida Miller tells us about her favorite trail – Guy Flemming Trail in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, outside of San Diego.
|Top 40 Stories - Doug McConnell|
Doug McConnell, Co-Creator and host of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, coming this spring to Public Television and Co-Creator of www.OpenRoad.TV, the Traveler's Video Guide to the American West, takes us to Mendocino Headlands State Park. Join Doug on a mini sound adventure, and then visit his website and search for videos on Mendocino and environs.
|3/9/2009||Top 40 Stories - Brandon Lloyd |
In this episode Southern California resident Brandon Lloyd unwinds at Will Rogers State Historic Park while exploring Inspiration Point Trail—a looping hike up to a plateau with picnic tables and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
|3/2/2009||Top 40 Stories – Sammy Hagar |
Join Legendary Rocker Sammy Hagar on a visit to Mount Tamalpais State Park where he recalls its beauty, and a wild experience. To find out what projects the Red Rocker is working on now, visit his website
CSPF's 40th Anniversary
Since 1969 the California State Parks Foundation has worked to protect and improve California's 280 state parks. 2009 marks our 40th Anniversary.
|Angel Island Immigration Station |
During its operation from 1910-1940 nearly a million people from some 90 different countries passed through the Angel Island Immigration Station in the middle of San Francisco Bay. The largest emigrant group was the Chinese, who numbered around 175,000. In early 2009 this history-packed site will reopen to the public after an extensive renovation.
Border Field State Park
Border Field State Park and the Tijuana River Estuary Research Reserve and are located in Imperial Beach, just south of San Diego on the U.S./Mexico border. In the distance is the hustle and bustle of Tijuana. But here, hiking along a sinuous trail surrounded by shorebirds, you're in a different world.Visit the Official Park Webpage
Hearst Castle State Historic Monument
During the the 1920's and 30's, one of the most coveted invitations was to Hearst Castle, as it's known today -- the sprawling San Simeon country home of newspaper mogul, William Randolph Hearst. Located in the rugged hills of the central California coast, high above what's now highway 1, the estate hosted famous guests like movie stars Cary Grant and Joan Crawford. This year marks the 50th anniversary of public tours.
Clear Lake State Park
North of Napa Valley, in the sleepy town of Kelseyville, sits Clear Lake—the largest freshwater lake in California and the centerpiece of Clear Lake State Park. Most geologists say it's at least 150,000 years old—perhaps the oldest lake in North America.
San Onofre State Beach
To many, San Onofre State Beach is a battleground. The Transportation Corridor Agency wants to build a six lane toll road through San Onofre—the fifth most visited park in California. Critics of the toll road say it will cause untold damage to habitat, historical sites, and the quality of park life for visitors. Californians have a choice to make.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
In 1902 Big Basin became the first California state park. Along with old growth and recovering redwoods, the forest is home to other trees, including conifer and oaks. A variety of animals live in and around the sequoias—like deer, owls, and an illusive bird called the marbled murrelet.
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
Most people don’t even know Los Angeles has a river. That’s because it doesn’t really look like one. In the 1930s it was cemented to control unpredictable flooding. Since then it has been the victim of tagging, pollution, and industrial blight. But a section of the LA River—known as the Glendale Narrows—is being restored as part of Rio de Los Angeles State Park.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is massive. In fact, it’s the largest state park in the continental United States, measuring a whopping 600,000 acres. But Anza isn’t just big—it’s beautiful. And, it is also threatened by the proposed Sunrise Powerlink that would run right through the park, bringing power from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
A touch of the wild and a spot for relaxation in San Francisco—Candlestick Point State Recreation Area was California's first urban state park. Neighborhood participation and an exciting wetlands restoration project make this park special for nearby residents and visitors alike.
|Año Nuevo State Park and Reserve |
Located on California's central coast, Año Nuevo State Park and Reserve is a 4,000-acre state park that attracts over 200,000 visitors yearly for its popular interpretive programs as well as its abundant marine and avian wildlife. Some 5,000 northern elephant seals visit every year to breed, have babies, and rest before they return to sea. This spring, an exciting new Marine Education Center was dedicated at the park.
|Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park |
James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.
|Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park|
Allensworth, California was the only town in the state to be founded, funded and governed solely by African Americans. Its story is one of great success and tremendous loss. It is also one of hope and perseverance.
Visit the Official Park Webpage