Rogers, Warren Lee, 1912-1992.

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Warren Lee Rogers, a Pasadena, Calif. businessman and conservationist. A Harvard-educated businessman who helped found the Pasadena Playhouse, he found his passion in the Pacific Crest Trail. In 1935, while a secretary at the Alhambra YMCA, he was chosen to be the trail guide for the YMCA relay teams that first explored the proposed route for the Pacific Crest Trail, a projected extension of the John Muir Trail that would reach Canada and Mexico. Organized by Clinton Clarke of Pasadena, the 40 teams consisted of young men aged 14 to 18 and operated during summers from 1935 through 1938. Warren L. Rogers first met Clinton C. Clarke in 1932 when the idea for a continuous trail from Mexico to Canada was formulating and Clarke founded the Pacific Crest Trail System Conference to lobby for it. After the relays, Rogers devoted much effort to promoting the Trail through radio programs and some 200 talks before service clubs and school assemblies. He directed camping programs for the YMCA for twenty-one years, retiring in 1952. Thereafter he worked for a number of non-profit organizations including the Southern California Camp Bureau which helped establish the Los Angeles Times Summer Camp Fund. His passion for the great outdoors and the PCT never waned, and when Clinton Clarke passed away in 1957, Rogers took up the cause of completing the Trail. Rogers acquired Clarke's PCT files from Clarke's estate and formed the Camp Research Foundation to keep the dream alive. He continued to collect trail updates, and was one of the few sources hikers could turn to for credible information until the enactment of the National Trails System Act of 1968, which designated the U.S. Forest Service manager of the PCT. The National Trails Act also established an Advisory Council for the PCT and the Secretary of Agriculture appointed Rogers, who served on the council for over sixteen years. He founded the Pacific Crest Club in 1977 and maintained PCT support enterprises such as his Pocket Maps as well as his Food Pack service, which delivered meals for hikers along the trail, keeping their loads light for the 2,650 mile haul.

From the description of Papers of Warren Lee Rogers, 1912-1992. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228770314

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creatorOf Rogers, Warren Lee, 1912-1992. Papers of Warren Lee Rogers, 1912-1992. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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correspondedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 person
associatedWith Angeles National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Baldwin, Hanson Weightman, 1903-1991 person
associatedWith Boy Scouts of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Butcher, Devereux person
associatedWith California. Dept. of Parks and Recreation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Chapman, Oscar L. (Oscar Littleton), 1896-1978 person
associatedWith Clarke, Clinton, d. 1957. person
correspondedWith Dench, Ernest A. person
associatedWith Deschutes National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Drury, Newton Bishop, 1889-1978 person
correspondedWith Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974 person
associatedWith Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs. corporateBody
correspondedWith Geist, Roland C. person
associatedWith Geological Survey (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Goodman, E. Urner (Edward Urner), 1891-1980 person
correspondedWith Goslin, Willard E. (Willard Edward), 1899- person
correspondedWith Griffith, Ernest Stacey, 1896- person
correspondedWith Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966 person
correspondedWith Gwinn, Ralph W. (Ralph Waldo), 1884-1962 person
correspondedWith Heller, Louis B. person
correspondedWith Humphrey, Hubert H., 1942- person
correspondedWith Larsen, Roy E. (Roy Edward), b. 1899 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. Legislative Reference Service. corporateBody
correspondedWith Livermore, Norman B. person
correspondedWith Lydgate, William A. (William Anthony), 1909- person
correspondedWith McHenry, Donald E. person
associatedWith Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mt. Hood National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Citizens Commission for the Public Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith Okanogan National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pasadena Playhouse. corporateBody
associatedWith Rogue River National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rotary International. corporateBody
correspondedWith Show, S. B. (Stuart Bevier), 1886-1963 person
correspondedWith Sieker, John H. person
correspondedWith Sumners, Hatton W. (Hatton William), 1875-1962 person
associatedWith Sunset Magazine (Firm) corporateBody
correspondedWith Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953 person
correspondedWith Thompson, Snowshoe, 1827-1876 person
associatedWith Umpqua National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Bureau of Land Management corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Dept. of Agriculture corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Forest Service corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Park Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Wenatchee National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith White, Stewart Edward, 1873-1946 person
associatedWith Willamette National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Winema National Forest (Agency : U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Wirth, Conrad Louis, 1899-1993 person
correspondedWith Yard, Robert Sterling, 1861-1945 person
associatedWith YMCA of the USA. corporateBody
correspondedWith Zahniser, Howard person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Appalachian Trail
Kings Canyon National Park (Calif.)
San Bernardino National Forest (Calif.)
Toiyabe National Forest (Nev. and Calif.)
Pacific Crest Trail
Mount Rainier National Park (Agency : U.S.)
Tahoe National Forest (Calif.)
Eldorado National Forest (Calif.)
Plumas National Forest (Calif.)
San Jacinto Wilderness (Calif.)
Crater Lake National Park (Or.)
Klamath National Forest (Calif. and Or.)
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Cleveland National Forest (Calif.)
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Calif.)
Sequoia National Park (Calif.)
Shasta National Forest (Calif.)
John Muir Trail (Calif.)
Inyo National Forest (Calif. and Nev.)
Pasayten Wilderness (Wash.)
Snoqualmie National Forest (Wash.)
San Gorgonio Wilderness (Calif.)
Sierra National Forest (Calif.)
Smokey Bear


Birth 1912

Death 1992

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