Category Archives: Recreation

Grand Opening of Yuba Rim Trail at Rice’s Crossing Preserve

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Walk on the Wild Side this weekend with the Bear Yuba Land Trust, celebrating 25 years of land stewardship. Enjoy a hike this Saturday and Sunday or, an armchair trek on Monday night.

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a hike and grand opening of the new 2.25 mile Yuba Rim Trail, part of the 2,707-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve during the annual community event, “Walk on the Wild Side” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.

Participants will hike a total of 4.5 miles, there and back again. The trail winds through the shelter of forest, then along a ridge top to an overlook of the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Yuba River, below Bullards Bar Dam. This is only the beginning of a new extensive river corridor trail system.

“This will last for generations. This will be the trail system, the connection system, the economy booster,” said Nevada County District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston who attended a dedication ceremony at the preserve in March. Weston sees Rice’s Crossing as a key recreation landholding that will drive tourism and help the local economy.

The April 18 event is both a celebration of Earth Day and the Land Trust’s 25th birthday. Since January, BYLT’s trails team has led the construction of the Yuba Rim Trail built with the help of 17 committed volunteers who have worked more than 200 hours.

The day will begin with a short presentation honoring Bear Yuba Land Trust founders, songs from Secretary Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria – Nisenan and an update on BYLT’s plans for the Rice’s Crossing property.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, wear weather appropriate clothing and good hiking shoes for the hike. Afterward folks will head over to the meadow for birthday cake. Pack a picnic lunch, chairs, blankets, kites, cameras, binoculars, etc. for enjoying the meadow.

BYLT acquired Rice’s Crossing Preserve in June of 2014, the largest landholding in the Land Trust’s 25 year history. A community success story, the preserve helped BYLT to grow its conservation footprint from 6,000 to 9,000 acres. Rice’s Crossing links over 8,500 acres of public open space and will provide unprecedented access to the river in the form of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and fishing.

BYLT’s stewardship team will monitor the property ensuring that habitat for threatened and endangered species will be protected and restored. BYLT will work closely with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) to develop a monitoring plan for this section of the river.

For 25 years, Bear Yuba Land Trust has worked with the community to protect land in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds. BYLT and its many volunteers have built 35 miles of trails and led numerous outings that get families into nature to explore and learn about this place we call home.

How to Get There: From Nevada City, take Highway 49 towards Camptonville, turn left on Marysville Road, over the Bullards Bar Dam. Rice’s Crossing North is located 1.3 miles from the dam. Park in the rock quarry on the right and cross the road to the North Meadow.

For those who want to schedule more BYLT activities into their weekend, there are two more options to choose from.

Geologist and paleontologist David Lawler will lead his moderate level and always popular “classic” Trek Back in Time to Chalk Bluff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Situated on private property at the top of Red Dog Road, this area is unique due to the exposure of ancient accumulations of volcanic ash – which looked like chalk to the early immigrants – and petrified-like wood from the tropical Pliocene era. This is a pre-registration event: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members.

BYLT just added an Armchair Trek: Beedy, Birds, Belize with reknowned ornithologist Ted Beedy from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Beedy recently returned from a two-week birding and bird photography tour of Belize and Northern Guatemala. This evening slideshow will feature a photo illustrated tour of Crooked Tree Lagoon and its myriad waterbirds, as well as the diversity of birds and other wildlife that inhabit tropical forests of the coastal regions, Tikal in Guatemala, and pine woodlands of the Maya Mountains. During this trip, Ted was able to see 265 species and captured photographs of 134 species. This show will be accompanied with sound recordings made by Barney Kroeger. Beedy will also address bird taxonomy, natural history, and on-going efforts to conserve these tropical treasures. Don’t miss it! A $10 donation is recommended.

Learn more at Find more Nevada County trails here or download the Recreation Trail Web map app here.

(Source & photos: Bear Yuba Land Trust)

Tahoe Donner golf course opens to the public May 15, 2015

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Tahoe Donner‘s golf course opens to the public on May 15, 2015 (conditions permitting), and the driving range opens April 17. The course at Tahoe Donner is considered by many as “the premier mountain course in Truckee-Tahoe with incredible views and the best greens.”

To learn more or purchase season passes and multi-plan packs, visit

58th Penn Valley Rodeo on May 15 -17, 2015

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The 58th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo is coming to town May 15 – 17, 2015. Check out this fun video about the Penn Valley Rodeo:

(Video: Touchdown Productions)

Celebrate Spring at Bridgeport

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South Yuba River Park Association invites the public to Celebrate Spring at Bridgeport on Friday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of food by Antonio Ayestaran Catering, wine, beer and beverages, and lively entertainment by The Consolations Vocal Band. Proceeds benefit ongoing activities at South Yuba River State Park. Advance reservations required by phoning (530) 265-8401 or the Bridgeport Visitor’s Center at (530) 432-2546.

Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit Bridgeport and the South Yuba River State Park. Through May 19 join a docent-led Wildflower Walks or enjoy your own springtime walk along the Buttermilk Bend Trail along the South Yuba River.

2015 Daffodil Run is Sunday, April 12

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The Daffodil Run was created by Joanie Bumpus 14 years ago and is sponsored by the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Penn Valley Area Lions and Penn Valley Area Rotary.

Proceeds from the run benefit local schools and provide scholarships to Nevada Union High School students. Race proceeds also provide the planting of Daffodils in and around Western Gateway Park and surrounding areas.

5 & 10K Run and 5K Walk
 With Free Kid’s Run!

Race day registration at 7 a.m.

Free Kid’s Run at 8:30 a.m
5 & 10K Runs at 8:45 a.m.
5K Walk at 8:50 a.m


Run: $25 adults (13+); $10 children

Walk: $10 adults (13+); $5 children

Awards: Male and Female, top three places, by 
age group; T-shirts guaranteed for pre-reg entrants.

For more information visit

(Source: Penn Valley Chamber)

Truckee named one of “America’s 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns”

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Matador Network named Truckee one of their “America’s 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns.”

“THIS LIST COULD EASILY HAVE 100 PLACES. The US simply has so many canyons and rivers and slopes, so much coastline, all of it with rad little towns along the way.

“So putting together this list, we narrowed it down with a few criteria:

“1. The place should be an actual town, not just a spot or destination. In other words, you can live/work there year round, and even in the “off-season” it’s still cool.

“2. The outdoor objectives that make the place so rad must be part of the immediate surroundings. If you can’t climb / ski / paddle / surf right in town, the access should be just beyond, not an hour away.

“3. The place should have a notable culture, tradition, or local economy around the activities (and natural resources) themselves. Of special mention are places such as Salida, where actual infrastructure has been developed (manmade whitewater features) that brings cool events and awareness to the town.

“For obvious reasons, we came back with a high concentration of places out West (and in Hawaii/Alaska). May not be fair, but if you visit you’ll understand.

“All this said, finding big lines can happen anywhere. Where I grew up in the southern Piedmont (forested, gentle rolling hills kind of terrain), a trickling neighborhood ditch became a gnarly class V kayak run if you caught it right after a thunderstorm.

“The ultimate limitation is never the place but your imagination. Let us know the what kinds of lines you’re finding right in your town.

9. Truckee, CA

Perfect day

“Anything multi-sport springtime: Ski corn, downhill or cross-country mountain bike up Western States or Martis Peak and then wrap up the day with a fly-fishing session on the Little Truckee as the dry flies start popping. Maybe even a surf strike mission to SF if you can squeeze it in. Get a quick climb in up on Donner Summit at Snowshed or Blackwall…just to round it out.

Honor roll

“Beers: A cooler by the river or at the Chamoix if you can make it before the sun goes behind tram face
“Coffee: Coffee Bar on Jibboom or Wildflour in Squaw
“Eats: Tacos Jalisco, or next door at Treat Box for a burger
“Gear: The Backcountry, Tahoe Sports Hub, Start Haus does a great tune
“Music venue: Moody’s

“Special thanks: Tucker Patton.”

Read the full article, here.

(Source: Matador Network; Photo: Jeff Engerbretson/Squaw Valley)

Boreal Mountain Resort’s 50th season open through this weekend

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Celebrate the Final Day of Boreal Mountain Resort‘s 50th Season this Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 11th, join them for Armada Spring Meltdown. The event will bring together freeski pro and amateurs in one last celebrate-the-spring hooray. Enjoy the sunshine and the chance to win some sweet prizes.

Check out Woodward Tahoe’s Dawn Till Dusk:

Colorful history blooms at Empire Mine with garden tours

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Combining history, color, and serenity, Empire Mine State Historic Park’s thirteen acres of landscaped grounds are a popular highlight, especially when the springtime gardens are in bloom. Designed in the early 1900s by famed architect Willis Polk, these magnificent estate gardens are among California’s oldest and most unusual.

“Early spring is the time the stunning Gold of Ophir roses are likely to look their best,” said Garden Tours Coordinator Jeanne Powell, “and this season, for the first time, Garden Tours will be offered on both Saturdays as well as Sundays for the public to enjoy.“ The Gold of Ophir rose graces the dramatic entrance to Empire Cottage, one of the Park’s most photographed sites. One of many heritage roses, the Gold of Ophir reflects the romance and prosperity of Empire Mine’s heydays. “We are proud of our gardens,” Powell added. “They are lovingly tended by one full-time gardener and a staff of volunteers.”

To celebrate the springtime displays, enthusiastic, knowledgeable docents will lead the Garden Tours on Saturdays in April and on both Saturdays and Sundays from May through late September. Visitors may view the formal and informal gardens, the reflecting pools or even the grassy walks. Tours vary with weather changes and what’s in bloom. Many specimens on the grounds are thought to have been gifts to the Bourn Family (Empire’s prosperous owners from 1869 to 1929) from their world-traveled friends. Benches provide plenty of places to sit, rest, and savor the surrounding beauty that transports visitors to another era.

Tours last about 45 minutes, and will feature landscape trends of the early 1900s, as well as the Arts and crafts Movement that influenced landscape design. Fascinating photographs will bring history to life. Visitors may also see the perennial gardens and permanent plantings both at Empire Cottage and the nearby Clubhouse.

There is no extra charge for these tours, and everyone’s invited – including dogs on leashes. Roses are being propagated this year by docents, and will be for sale in the Gift Shop this autumn. “Many think Empire Mine’s golden treasures are underground, but the Park has a plethora of floral treasures above the ground as well,” Powell said. Garden enthusiasts, artists and photographers are advised to bring their cameras.

Empire’s well-tended estate gardens are a fascinating contrast to the gold, grit and glory of the Mineyard below, making a day at Empire Mine State Historic Park an unusual, unforgettable trip to Nevada County’s world-famous past. The Park welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors a year, many from all over the world.

Garden Tours at Empire Mine State Historic Park will begin at 11 a.m. every Saturday in April, and every Saturday and Sunday from May to late September. The Park is located at 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults 17 and over, $3 for children 6 – 16, and free for children under 6. Phone (530) 273-8522 for further details or visit

(Photos: Dreamspinner Productions)

Ananda Village’s annual tulip display

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While the Crystal Hermitage upper and lower gardens are now open daily, each spring Ananda Village opens to the public for viewing of their amazing 15,000 imported Dutch tulip display during their Springtime at Ananda event. The 2015 dates this year are April 4 – 5 and 18 – 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

View photos of some of the gardens at our photo gallery here. For directions to Ananda Village or to purchase tickets, visit

Enjoy a video of the gardens here:

(Photos: Roseanne Burke; Video: Crystal Hermitage)

Truckee snowboarder Mike Basich’s tiny home

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“A professional snowboarder in California figured out a genius way to get closer to the slopes. Mike Basich built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. He told Laura Ling from “Going off the Grid” about how he built his new digs by hand. “It took me five years — two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock.”

“Not only is the little house off the beaten path, it’s also off the grid. That means no Internet, no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Luckily for anyone wanting to take a shower or wash their hands, the property has two creeks that provide water for the home. The best part for Basich is the location. Not only can he snowboard on private trails, but the property even has its own chair lift that Basich built with the help of some friends. If you think this style of living is crazy, Basich is one of 180,000 Americans choosing to live off the grid. He says of the home, “I like to think of it as getting back to the basics of humanity. I like feeling connected to the earth more than I could with a 4,000-square-foot house.”

(Source: Yahoo!News)