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On May 8th, 2008, Students of the URP 642 Graduate Studio course held the first design and policy workshop regarding the "Golden Necklace" at the LA River Center. It was a very well attended event, with over thirty people representing dozens of municipalities, volunteer and advocate organizations, hiking and equestrian groups, and more.

Attendees were requested to indicate their areas of concern on a large oversized map.
Food and drinks were provided.
The attendees were broken into several groups to work on individual sections of the trail system.
This is a larger view of the blown up map on which people were requested to highlight the areas most important to them.
One of the breakout groups discussing the possible trail benefits.
The "Extended Horseshoe" connector between the two river trails.
Ideas from the South Los Angeles River breakout group.
The working drawing from the South San Gabriel River group.
Notes from the North San Gabriel River breakout group.
Another of the breakout groups hard at work.
Thanks to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for the use of the LA River Center for our event.

Three major north-south trails run along the spine of the dominant mountain ranges in the United States: the Appalachian Trail in the Appalachian Mountains of the East, the Continental Divide Trail of the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Crest Trail of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges of the West Coast.

Together, they comprise 7,925 miles. The longest of these is the Continental Divide Trail at 3,100 miles.