Celebration of Trails 2017

Festival – Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, Coyote St, Nevada City.
Outings – various local trails.
Cost: FREE!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and area trail enthusiasts Saturday, June 3 for Celebration of Trails – the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!

It’s the perfect day to plan your summer outdoor recreation adventures. Numerous local outdoor recreation groups will be in one place to bring the community everything they want to know about trail-related topics – a one-stop resource for gear, maps, summer guided hiking and trail ride schedules, flora and fauna, and more.

The day starts with a lineup of morning outings on local trails followed by a fun family-friendly trails day festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Tahoe National Forest headquarters, 631 Coyote Street in Nevada City.

Colombia-born Chef Rene Medina will have sausages, fermented kimchee and sauerkraut served up from his new mobile organic and local farm to fork food business, “Chomp.” Don’t forget to grab a “Hirschman Hefeweizen” a specialty brew created just for trail-lovers from Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. Folks who shop Nevada City Farmers Market opening day (June 3rd) can pick up a $1 off drink ticket at the farmer’s market information booth before heading up Coyote Street to the Trails Day festival.

Celebration of Trails coincides with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day first begun in 1993. In 2015, 176,000 people got outdoors on community trails and participated in 2,329 activities across the U.S.

This year’s participants include: Tarp Tent, Gold Crush Climbing Gym, 49th Gold Country Scout Group, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, Empire Mine Park Association, FREED, Gold Country Trails Council, Mountain Recreation, Outside Inn, Inn Town Campground, Folk Trails Hiking Club, Nevada City Scenics, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Club, South Yuba River Citizens League, South Yuba River State Park Association, Sierra Fund, Tahoe National Forest, California Gold Kettle Corn, Placer Nature Center, Nevada County Woods Riders, and more!

Morning trail outings you won’t want to miss!

Hike from Black Swan to Deer Creek led by Hank Meals

When: 8:30 a.m.

Difficulty: Moderate 3 to 5 miles

Meet: Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City

Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather with sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring snacks, plenty of water, and anything else you might need to have a safe and comfortable experience. Please bring $5 cash to give to your carpool driver.

Join the area’s best-loved archaeologist, author and hiking guru Hank Meals for this walk at Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Black Swan Preserve to Deer Creek. “The Nisenan loved this place. Right over the ridge from Deer Creek Diggins (Black Swan), at Rose’s Bar, is where gold was ‘discovered’ on the Yuba River,” said Meals. Learn more about Black Swan Trail.

This hike is full. To be put on a waiting list, email: laura@bylt.org

Family Hike on the Hirschman Trail with FREED and BYLT

When: 9:30 a.m.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate (depending on distance and mobility level), .8 miles (wheelchair accessible) – 5 miles possible (moderate ascending and descending)

Meet: Hirschman Trail trailhead on Cement Hill Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Ana Acton of FREED and Bear Yuba Land Trust to learn about the history of this former hydraulic mine site and investigate the flora and fauna of this popular trail. Cameras, binoculars, and sketchbooks are encouraged. This is a wheelchair, limited mobility accessible trail to the pond (.8 mile round trip). Those who want to go further will have that option, too. Learn more about Hirschman Trail.

Call FREED at (530) 477-3333 for transportation information.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail with BYLT and Nevada City

When: 9:30 a.m.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Meet: In front of Miner’s Foundry, Spring Street, Nevada City

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke and special guest Nevada City Mayor Evans Phelps for this guided walk from downtown Nevada City to the beautiful Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Don’t forget to pick up your $1 off beer coupon from the Nevada City Farmers Market info booth before heading back up the hill to the trails day festival. Learn more about Deer Creek Tribute Trail.

2017 Gold Country Trails Council Poker Ride

When: Check-in at 8:30 a.m., ride out at 10 a.m.

Meet: Skillman Horse Camp on Tahoe National Forest

Calling all equestrian riders, this is the 26th annual Poker Ride led by Gold Country Trails Council. This ride on eight miles of easy to moderate marked trails benefits the building and maintenance of local trails, staging and parking areas around horse camps such as Skillman and Little Lasier Meadow. The event includes a raffle, prizes, food and live music.

Register here: www.GoldCountryTrailsCouncil.org