On Dec 11, 2012, the Pogonip East Multi-Use Trail (EMUT) was officially named the Emma McCrary Trail in honor of one of the most prolific trail builders in Santa Cruz County.
Emma McCrary passed away on June 17, 2011 after a battle with cancer. She was known by many members of MBoSC and in the trail building community.
MBoSC submitted an official statement to the Santa Cruz City Council honoring the occasion:
Emma McCrary was an equestrian and prolific trail builder in Santa Cruz County. She built a lot of the trails that mountain bikers enjoy in Santa Cruz County. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) unequivocally endorses “The Emma McCrary Trail” as the official name of the Pogonip East Multi-Use Trail (EMUT).
Emma was a huge proponent of multi-use trails and believed that trails provided a gateway to connect people with the land and would foster an appreciation of nature by providing trail users access to our natural environment. She was firmly in the equestrian community but she recognized that mountain bikers were good allies and trail builders. Those who worked on trails with her recall a woman who worked harder than anyone else on the crew.
One of her last acts as a healthy person was to attend the Parks and Rec Commission meeting back in July 12, 2010 to speak out in support of the Poginip EMUT project. Unfortunately, she had to leave early because she wasn’t feeling well but a member of the Santa Cruz County Horsemans Association (SCCHA) spoke on her behalf. That evening she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
She was a kind person and passionate about trails. She would have loved this trail and would have been proud to see the community support for the construction of this trail. This is the spirit of the Emma McCrary Trail.