Gold Country Trail Council to Hold its Annual Poker Ride June 2nd

Gold Country Trails Council is an amazing resource for horse people and all others who desire access to non-motorized trails. The organization was founded in 1981 with the main purpose of providing campsites and trails for public use. The Council also provides construction and maintenance of group equestrian campgrounds, construction and maintenance of trails, provides maps and trail educational materials plus allows for group rides in a fun and social way.

Meet new friends and old at the poker ride. Photo courtesy of Gold Country Trails Council

Gold Country Trails Council holds one of the oldest and best attended Poker Rides in Northern California at the famous Skillman Horse Camp in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest 15 miles east of Nevada City. In addition to being the main fund raiser for the Trails Council, it provides a memorable event to meet old and new friends, eat wonderful home-made food, and win prizes.

The Poker Ride length is usually approximately eight miles of easy to moderate difficulty on beautifully wooded and well-marked trails giving new participants an opportunity to get familiar with the trail in a safe manner.

The poker ride is 8 miles on a well marked trail. Photo courtesy of GCTC

Overnighters will be welcome, but campsites are limited so please enter early so you won’t be disappointed.  The beautiful Skillman Horse Camp provides some corrals, tie rails, water for horses (bring water for humans), fire rings, picnic tables and vaulted restrooms.

​There will also be a BBQ with delicious food served at 1:00 PM, after the ride so remember to bring your chairs.

Gold Country Trails Council is an amazing resource for horse people and all others who desire access to non-motorized trails. The organization was founded in 1981 with the main purpose of providing campsites and trails for public use. The Council also provides construction and maintenance of group equestrian campgrounds, construction and maintenance of trails, provides maps and trail educational materials plus allows for group rides in a fun and social way.

Photo courtesy of GCTC

​ For more details, including entry forms and flyer please see http://www.goldcountrytrailscouncil.org You can also find membership applications at the main website and or attend a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month at the Nevada County Horsemen’s Club House to join.