Celebration of Trails
When: June 7, 2014, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Trail Fair Headquarters – Parking Lot County of Nevada, Rood Center
Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with the community to host a number of guided outings on local trails in Nevada County for the annual “Celebration of Trails.”
Coinciding with National Trails Day, the event held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 is open to all and is meant to encourage more people to get outdoors on local trails. More than 20 local organizations, outdoor experts and trail advocates are coming together to organize 14 different outings.
A Trails Day Headquarters will be set up in the parking lot of Nevada County’s Rood Center parking lot, across from the trailhead of the Hirschman Trail. People can stop by for local trail information and maps, grab a cup of coffee and a baked good from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and pick up the day’s schedule. Booths include: Bear Yuba Land Trust with manzanita cider provided by Living Wild, BONC, maps from Nevada County Planning Department, Tahoe National Forest, YBONC and more!
After an introduction by local dignitaries, a number of outings will depart on foot and carpool style from the Rood Center. Afterward, folks will gather at Matteo’s Public for spirits and camaraderie.
A Taste of the South Yuba River: Hank Meals will lead this moderate five-mile hike to a dramatic landscape in the South Yuba Canyon. Participants will hike upstream to Long Point and a descent of the spur trail to the river. This is about a 5.5 mile round trip. As close as this scenic area is to town few people are aware of it. Features along the trail include two bedrock mortar locations, mining sites, a small waterfall and a gorgeous view of the South Yuba canyon.
Meet between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center. Participants will return by 1 p.m
Bike Rides with BONC (Bicyclists of Nevada County)
Family Mountain Bike Ride and Clinic – BONC guide Ellen Lapham will lead this one-hour, six-mile ride designed for families. On this scenic and informational ride families will learn about safety and cycling etiquette, rules of the road and tips for a fun and enjoyable ride. Helmets are required.
Meet at 9 a.m. at Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.
Intermediate mountain bike ride on Hirschman’s trail – BONC member Jane Ragan will lead this file-mile round trip, one hour ride. The historic and scenic trail features the Hirschman’s Pond named after the Hirschman brothers, early pioneer miners and merchants of the area. Bicyclists will also see a 40-foot long trestle. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pine forests and grasslands. Helmets are required.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead just off Highway 49 on Cement Hill Road (park in the Rood Center parking lot).
Advanced mountain bike ride on The Round Mountain trails. BONC members Orion Kroeger and Cameron Echternacht will lead this two-hour ride with 2000 feet of climbing. The Round Mountain trails include steeps through the woods and views of the South Yuba River. Other features include a climb of the Rock Creek Flume trail to Lower Hudson, the overlook at Coyote Ledge and Upper Hudson, and the Up and Over trail. The return ride includes switchbacks to the South Yuba trail and Purdon Crossing and a final climb back out. Those sensitive to poison oak should wear high socks and arm coverings. Helmets are required.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center to carpool or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Purdon and Rector
Black Swan Hike: Stephen Hein of Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy will lead this hike traversing some of the newly-built trails around the Black Swan pond and hydraulic cliffs. Participants may see nesting sites of swifts, swallows and the little green heron. The site is located at 1,000 feet elevation in the foothill oak woodlands with views of the lower Yuba River, Slack’s Ravine and Deer Creek.
Meet at 9:30 in the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling. Participants will return at 2 p.m.
Day Hike at Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area: Richard Thomas of Friends of Spenceville and Sierra Club will lead this 4 to 5 mile hike on the Pittman Road West from Spenceville through the blue oak woodlands to Horseshoe Pond and back. This is easy terrain along an old road. Participants will watch for birds and late wildflowers. Bring water, sunscreen, good footwear, lunch and binoculars. Alternately, depending on the groups’ familiarity with Spenceville, there could be a hike to Fairy Falls.
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters to carpool or meet at the Spenceville town site at 9 a.m.
Empire Mine State Historic Park: Hard Rock Trail Walk: Greg Sherr will lead this easy to moderate level walk starting at the Penn Gate Parking Area on East Empire Street at 9 a.m. During the hike, Sherr will discuss the natural and historic aspects of the park. The hike is two miles and will take approximately two hours.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Penn Gate Parking Area on East Empire Street, Grass Valley.
Equestrian Ride Lone Grave – Gold Country Trails Council Annual 2014 Poker Ride at Skillman Horse Camp, 15 miles east of Nevada City in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. This is an 8-mile easy to moderate difficulty ride for experienced riders. There is a fee and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Linda 273-6346, Linda@mtnequestrian.com. Entry forms are available at: www.goldcountrytrailscouncil.org
Family Friendly Wheelchair Accessible Nature Hunt at Hirschman’s Pond: Local outdoor enthusiast Ana Acton of FREED and artist/ history buff, Robyn Martin of OLALA Farms will lead a stroll & roll to the pond. Along the way Robyn will identify plants and how they can be used for food and medicine. This trek is kid friendly and wheelchair accessible.
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the trailhead off of Cement Hill Road.
Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake: Robert Kelly will lead this moderate four-mile round trip Sierra Club Hike from Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake.
Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling.
Malakoff Diggins Guided Geology Tour: Geoscientist and naturalist David Lawler will lead this special hiking tour of key points of interest at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Lawler will share his knowledge of the ancient Yuba River system and historic mining in the northern Sierra region. Participants will visit the Malakoff pit, Hiller and Lake City sluice tunnel portals, LeDu hydraulic diggins, and more… If you are interested in deep time and gold, this is the hike for you.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling.
Nevada City Tree Tour Nevada County Walkers will host two tree tours in downtown Nevada City. Local Arborist Zeno Acton will lead a tour geared toward children and families and Roger McGehee of California Native Plant Society will lead another. This is an all-abilities tour open to everyone with numerous stops along the way.
Meet at 9 a.m. for the family-based tour and 9:30 for the adult tour at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.
Rattlesnake Trail with Gene Haroldsen and Bob Goar. The three-mile hike meanders along canals and forest glades in the Rattlesnake Road and Rattlesnake Ridge neighborhoods.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the most northerly intersection of Highland Drive and Rattlesnake Road.
Sugar Loaf Mountain: Ray Bryars, Walkability Advocate, Trails Volunteer and Scotch Broom Puller will lead this Walk up Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy views overlooking Nevada City and if the weather is clear, out to the coastal range and into the Sierra Nevadas. Learn a little about the local area and some of the characters of the early gold mining days. Compare some of the early day photographs with recent pictures taken by local photographer Dave McLellan.
Difficulty: Fairly steep uphill, but the group will walk slow and stop often on this 1 ½ hour walk.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.
Trail Maintenance of Hirschman Pond Trail: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Trails Coordinator Bill Haire will have hand tools for those who want to clear brush from the edges of the Hirschman Tail. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, insect repellant, sun block, hat, gloves and bring water.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.
Tribute Trail: Amber Taxiera of The Sierra Fund will lead this 6-mile guided easy-to-moderate walk along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Learn about the regions rich heritage and how this ongoing trail project pays tribute to the region’s inhabitants. Participants will learn about new trail segments and the new Nisenan Bridge that will connect to the Environs Loop. There may even be an opportunity to get hands dirty and pull some weeds along certain sections of trails.
Meet at 9 a.m. in the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.
Walk-Along The Environs Loop of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail: Ori Chafe of Sierra Streams Institute will lead this easy three-mile walk featuring new field guides created by students from Yuba River Charter School as well as local natural history and the Nisenan Rancheria of Nevada City.
Meet at 11 a.m. at the corner of Zion and Jordan Streets in Nevada City.
For more information about these and other Nevada County trails, click here.
Thank You to our Celebration of Trails 2014 Community Partners and Supporters:
BONC, Far West Geoscience Foundation, FREED, Friends of Spenceville, Gold Country Trails Council, Living Wild, Hank Meals, Matteo’s Public, Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada County Planning Department, Nevada County Walkers, OLALA Farms, Outside Inn, Ray Bryars, Sierra Club, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Sierra Streams Institute, State Parks, Tahoe National Forest, The Sierra Fund, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop and YBONC.
(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)