February Hikes with Bear Yuba Land Trust and Folk Trails Hiking Club

Submitted by Laura Petersen, BYLT

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What: Armchair Trek: Around Lake Tahoe in 15 Days, What I Learned Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9
Where: Gene Albaugh Community Room – Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Cost: Donations Welcome

In the summer of 2015, Jesse Locks hiked with twelve strangers 165 miles around the sixth largest lake in the U.S., Lake Tahoe. An avid writer and hiker, Locks started a hiking club – Folk Trails Hiking Club – to help her train for her first thru-hike, but nothing could have prepared her for what she would learn while crossing some of the most beautiful terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
For questions, please contact Laura Petersen at (530) 272-5994 x211 or laura@bylt.org

What: Grouse Ridge Backcountry Ski (could turn into snowshoe outing; sensitive to weather and road access)
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
Where: McDermott Grouse Ridge Preserve
Difficulty: Intermediate, experienced skiers only please
Distance: eight miles
Limited to first 10 people, carpooling required

Cost: $20 members/ $25 not-yet-member

McDermott Cabin

McDermott Cabin. Photo submitted by BYLT

Are you an experienced cross country skier looking for a new adventure? Look no further.
Helen Crawford and Brent McDermott will lead us eight miles round trip in the Grouse Ridge area surrounding Bowman Road. Along the way we’ll look for tracks, evidence of tree-nesting squirrels and check out the winter bird life. If we are quiet, we may even spot a white headed woodpecker! We’ll venture through a mixed fir, pine and oak forest and pass through the drainages of Yuba River tributaries: Rucker, Trap Creek and Fall Creek before arriving at 107 acre BYLT protected forest property at 5,600 feet elevation known at McDermott Grouse Ridge Preserve.
We’ll break for lunch at this beautiful property and learn more about this private forest conservation easement. In 2012, Brent and Helen generously donated a conservation easement to the Land Trust to preserve their high elevation forest and enforce their stewardship ethic forever.
Hot drinks will be provided in a warm, cozy cabin. Bring water, lunch and all the necessary gear for backcountry skiing. Mountain Recreation rents skis. An alternate trip in Bear Valley will be planned if roads become impassable. We’ll re-schedule if there is not enough snow. This outing is part of a series of 2017 Community Land Tours on BYLT protected preserves and conservation easements.


What: Litton Trail with Bill Haire
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Park along Sierra College Drive
Meet on Western Side of trail, paved trail
Distance: Easy to moderate four miles
Cost: Free

Join Trails Coordinator Bill Haire for this free Saturday morning stroll on the two-mile Litton Trail. Bill will share the history of BYLT’s first public access trail that weaves through an urban greenbelt in the vicinity of the Sierra College campus in Grass Valley. The greenbelt is a blend of small forest reserves associated with a country club, irrigation canal, community college, high school and retirement community in this area. The Litton trail ties them all together with lots of variety and interest. Considered easy to moderate with some paved section, hikers will walk a total of four miles and finish up just in time for lunch. This guided outing is part of a local series hosted by BYLT and Folk Trails Hiking Club, known as the 52 Hike Challenge.

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What: Union Hills Trail at Empire Mine State Historic Park
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
Where to park: Empire Street opposite Empire Court, at the Pennsylvania Gate equestrian staging area.
Directions: Exit Highway 49 at Empire Street, drive east one mile to park. The staging area is on your right.
Distance: Approx. 5 miles

Learn about the Empire Mine State Historic Park and the important role it played in the history of Nevada County. This trail is heavily wooded with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and seasonal wildflowers. We’ll practice tree identification and explore the historic mining relics.

What: Scott’s Flat Ramp to Ramp Trail
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Where to park: Turn out on Pasquale Road
Distance: 6 miles

Today, the mining camp of Scotts Flat is under water, trees are growing up to cover the hydraulic mining scars, and Scotts Flat Lake is a recreation area. But in the late 1840’s a group of Scottish immigrants, settled in this flat valley about 6 miles upstream from Nevada City. We’ll walk across the dam built in 1948 and enlarged to its current size in 1964. We’ll learn about the history of the lake while enjoying the natural environs. If we are lucky, we’ll see an osprey or bald eagle!
Directions: Exit Broad Street, turn right continue up Boulder Street, slight right onto Red Dog, stay to the right, until your reach Quaker Hill take a left, continue on Quaker Hill into Cascade Shores. At the
four way stop near the Cascade Shores store turn left on Pasquale Rd, continue on this road until you come to a gated PG&E dirt road pull out. There are Port-a-Potties and a significant area to park your car.

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