Ken Johnston is a retired science teacher in secondary education. He presently lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Ken has been over every inch of the Lassen and Nobles Trails. He has been actively involved with California Historic Trails since 1974, and is presently serving on the Board of Directors for both Trails West, Inc. out of Reno and is the president of the CA/NV Chapter of the Oregon California Trails Association. After intensive historical research, he published his book Legendary Truths, Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable in 2012.