Celebration of Trails Weekend 2018

What: Fireside Chat: All About Trails with Hank Meals

When: 6 to 7:30 pm Thursday, May 31

Where: Inn Town Campground

Suggested Donation: $10 

Join BYLT and Inn Town Campground for the launch of the first Fireside Chat of the 2018 season, our second annual collaboration. We’ll kick off the big Celebration of Trails weekend and share all the details about hiking and riding adventures in store for lovers of the outdoors.  Local Trails Writer, Historian, and Photographer Hank Meals will be a special guest. 

What: Ales for Trails

When: 5 – 8 pm Friday, June 1 

Where: Ol’ Republic Brewery Taphouse, Argall Way, Nevada City 

Help raise money for local trails and enjoy the draft debut of Trailside IPA, Ol’Republic’s newest brew that benefits BYLT. Now on tap, $1 from every pint poured of Trailside IPA (a sessionable hazy) goes back to BYLT! Call your friends and tell them to meet you at Ol’ Republic Brewery‘s original Nevada City Taphouse and let’s get the trail celebration started.

What: Celebration of Trails, Hike-A-Thon and Vendor Village 

When: 8:30 am to 11 pm Hike-A-Thon; noon to 5 pm Vendor Village 

Where: Ol’ Republic Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House) Highway 20

When: 3 to 8 pm

Where: Ol’ Republic Taphouse, Argall Way, Nevada City 

Transportation: YubaBus shuttles to and from both locations all day Saturday 

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), outdoor recreationists and trail supporters May 31 – June 3 for Celebration of Trails, the biggest showcase of local community trails all year!

Trails are one of our greatest community assets. They build strong neighborhoods and boost the local economy. Trails get us outside and close to nature for healthy exercise and spiritual renewal.

It’s the annual community-supported event hosted by BYLT showcasing the wealth of trails in Nevada County for the outdoor enthusiast in all of us.  This year we are excited to partner with Ol’ Republic Brewery to expand to two locations and multiple days.  We’d love for you to join us and help make this event one to remember!

We’ll kick things off with the first Fireside Chat of the season 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 31. It’s our second annual offering of this fun, summertime series at Inn Town Campground. We’ll gather around the campfire to talk about trails and hear from special guest, Trails Author Hank Meals.

The following day, 5 – 8 pm Friday, June 1 join us for a cold one at Ol’ Republic Brewery’s Taphouse on Argall Way for the first trail fundraiser of the year, Ales for Trails. We’ll be sipping “Trailside” beers on tap, the brewery’s summertime beer crafted just for BYLT.

On Saturday, June 2, join us on the trail for our first annual Hike-A-Thon on the Pioneer Trail, part of the future Pines to Mines Trail. Raise money for trails with every step and win prizes along the way! After, we’ll meet you at the new Ol’ Republic Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House on Hwy 20) and Ol’ Republic original Taphouse in 7hills District of Nevada City for a vendor village with many of your favorite outdoor groups and businesses, live music, food trucks, speakers and more! Yuba Bus will provide shuttle rides all day long.

This year’s participants include: Bicyclists of Nevada County, Gold Country Trails Council, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Forest Trails Alliance, Yuba Trails Stewardship, Tahoe National Forest, Sierra Club-Sierra Nevada Group, State Parks, Sierra Fund, Two Chicks Beef Jerky, Gold Crush Climbing Gym, Mountain Recreation, Yuba Bus, KVMRx, Folk Trails Hiking Club, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, County of Nevada, Nevada Irrigation DistrictFREED and more!

Sunday, June 3 will round out the weekend with a variety of hikes and workdays on local trails led by different organizations. See you there!

WHAT: Nature Walk at Burton Homestead Preserve

WHEN: 9:30 – 11:30 am Sunday, June 3

WHERE: Burton Homestead Preserve 


COST: Free!

TRAILHEAD: At the traffic light on Highway 49, Nevada City, turn right onto North Bloomfield Road. At the top of the hill (three-way intersection), turn left onto Lake Vera-Purdon Road. Stay on Lake Vera-Purdon for approximately one mile. Look for the Burton Homestead Preserve sign on your left, then turn left into the gravel parking lot. The trailhead departs from the parking lot at the kiosk.

Trek Docent Linda Conklin (Junior Conservationists) will lead this casual Sunday morning stroll on the one-mile Yewei’im Bom Trail at BYLT’s Burton Homestead Preserve. This one-mile exterior loop trail was completed in the spring of 2016. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. Evidence of gold mining and Native American history can be found on the property. Look for a variety of botanical interests including: Blue oak, black oak, canyon live oak, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, Pacific madrone, white alder, Oregon grape, whiteleaf manzanita, buckbrush, wild rose, mountain misery, whitebark raspberry, toyon, chain fern, bracken fern, soap plant, mugwort, California poppy, English plantain, shooting star, buttercup, common bedstraw, narrowleaf cattail, and Shelton’s violet.

WHAT: Family Hike at Hirschman Trail with FREED

WHEN: Sunday, June 3 

WHERE: Hirschman Trail \

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

Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Ana Acton of FREED to explore this former hydraulic mine site (now property of the City of Nevada City) and investigate the flora and fauna of this popular BYLT 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.

Interested in becoming a vendor, volunteer, or lead a hike or work day? 

Contact Laura at laura@bylt.org or 272-5994 ext 211.