Explore how native peoples who have lived in this area for thousands of years took care of the land before the arrival of Europeans. Join Docent Naturalists Marie Faust Evitt, Ann McCarty, and Nancy Weintraub for a moderately-paced hike and activities along the beautiful Horseshoe Lake, Ipiwa, and Alpine Loop trails. Discover how native peoples use strategies such as controlled burns and regular pruning to nurture plants and ensure abundant food and materials for homes, baskets and medicine. (Note: engaged children who can comfortably hike more than 4 miles are welcome. Bring lunch for the trail.)
Meet at the Skyline Ridge Circle Parking Area on Skyline Boulevard located one mile south of the Skyline Blvd. (Highway 35) and Page Mill/Alpine Road intersection. After entering the preserve, turn right and go to the farthest parking area. Those traveling from I-280 on Page Mill Rd. should allow approximately 45 minutes travel time.