I really enjoyed walking with and talking with Lance Orozco, veteran reporter for KCLU. the dominant NPR station for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. We walked a new trail in Ventura and talked about the many hiking opportunities in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Check out the Lance Orozco interview with Trailmaster John McKinney on the KCLU site.

Beginning at Ventura's City Hall, the lovely trail offers grand ocean views.
Beginning at Ventura’s City Hall, the lovely trail offers grand ocean views.
The hiking opportunities in these parts are so many and so varied! From the lovely Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Monica Mountains to the Channel Islands to the Los Padres National Forest backcountry wilderness, the region boasts hundreds of miles of quality trail, near the population centers on the suburban edge and in much more remote wilderness areas.

Lance and I walked a new trail that leads from Ventura City Hall to to the city’s venerable Grant Park. Finally, after 95 years, there’s a pathway connecting Old Town with the park and landmark Serra Cross.

More than 1,000 people a week use the trail for exercise, to reconnect with nature and to reach vista points for inspiring coastal panoramas.Check out The Trailmaster’s description of the new trail in Grant Park.

Hikers of all ages, including John, 84, love the climb to Grant Park Overlook.
Hikers of all ages, including John, 84, love the climb to Grant Park Overlook.
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