October Walk: Orene Wetherall Trail

What: Cascade Canal and Orene Wetherall Trail

When: 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15

Difficulty: 3 miles, Easy to Moderate, 300 feet elevation gain/ loss

Cost: FREE!, donations appreciated

Learn more: www.bylt.org

Join Trail Adopters Ray Bryars and Joe Abrell for this informative outing along the Cascade Canal and Orene Wetherall Trail.

Located in the heart of Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Woodpecker Preserve, this free community hike will include plant and bird identification. Bring your binoculars and/ or camera for this easy to moderate enchanting fall walk through the forest.

Pileated Woodpecker by Rudy Darling

We are thrilled to welcome Rudy Darling on this outing. Rudy is a 40-year resident of the area and president of Sierra Foothills Audubon. He will help identify birds along the trail. Birds we may encounter, include: Pileated Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pacific Wren, Downy Woodpecker and Northern Pygmy-Owl.

The Little Deer Creek drainage and Jennings Ravine was historically used for mining.

“It was totally impacted by mining. There’s lots of evidence of disturbance,” said Rudy.

The trail is located on the Woodpecker Preserve, a 28-acre parcel of land donated by local community leaders to Bear Yuba Land Trust, and was built by volunteers with donated funding. On clear days you will have some good views toward Nevada City and the mountains beyond.

Dedicated in June 2010, this attractive trail was named by long-time Nevada City attorney William B. Wetherall in memory of his late wife Orene. Mr. Wetherall at age 99 was present at the trail dedication and walked the full length of the trail that day.

Bring plenty of water, snacks if needed, and please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

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