Submitted by Laura Petersen, BYLT
Take The Great Trail Challenge and Get Outdoors!
Throughout the month of October, a number of fun activities and events are on tap to get people outdoors as part of Bear Yuba Land Trust’s campaign to raise awareness and support for trails.
On Oct. 1, BYLT launched a community photo project on Social Media called The Great Trail Challenge – 30 Trails in 30 Days. Every day throughout the month, BYLT posts a photo of people in the community enjoying local trails to Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, GooglePlus and LinkedIn.
Mike Haire participated in the The Great Trail Challenge. He loves the Loma Rica Trail in the Brunswick Basin so much that he adopted it. “I’ve been the adoptee and maintainer since its birth in 2006, but I ride it just about every day for my commute to and from work,” he said.
Later in the month, BYLT will team up with Ol’ Republic Brewery for the second annual Ales for Trails from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, October 24. Besides an opportunity to drink award-winning beer with friends, the evening will include live music from Chris Kelly and friends, games, prizes, and Vietnamese street food from No Pho King Way. Ol’ Republic’s Dead Canary, Dortmunder-style Export Lager won Best of Show at the 2016 California State Fair. Ol’ Republic will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to BYLT’s Trails Appeal.
All donated dollars for trails will be doubled by a local donor, up to $60,000, giving the Land Trust the potential to raise $120,000 for community trails this year.
With donations and volunteer efforts, BYLT has built and maintains over 35 miles of local trails for hikers, runners, mountain bicyclists, equestrian riders, wheelchair users and families. In the coming year, more are on the drawing board including Sugarloaf Mountain in Nevada City and Wolf Creek Trail in Grass Valley.
Trails provide safe routes to school and work while helping to reduce carbon emissions from automobiles. They are important to the local economy by increasing home values, attracting future residents and visitors, fueling the region’s outdoor tourism industry. Many local businesses – restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and lodging facilities – benefit from the dollars spent by trail users.
Some favorite local trails for fall hiking include: Independence Trail (recently featured in SF Gate), Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Hirschman Trail and Hoyt Trail on the South Yuba River.
“Trails get people outside and then they can start to experience why open space is a good thing. This understanding will hopefully be something that they want to share with a friend or a family member. The real legacy and magic happens when we start to think not only about ourselves but about generations to come,” said Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke.
The forests and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of awe-inspiring hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Now with BYLT’s online trails portal, it’s easy to find a trail just right for you to explore.
Learn more at: www.bylt.org
The Great Trail Challenge – 30 Trails 30 Days
Here’s how it works:
1. Pick your favorite trail (there are many to choose from on BYLT’s online trails portal www.bylt.org).
2. Hike the trail.
3. Snap a photo on the trail – At the trailhead sign; with friends, family or pet or at a favorite vista. Let the adventure inspire your photo.
4. Email your photo(s) with a short caption stating why you like the trail, where the photo was taken and who is in the photo. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org