Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) are teaming up for the fourth year to encourage Nevada County residents to venture outdoors, hit the trail, and explore miles of hiking opportunities found in their own backyard.
Started by Karla Amador and Phillip Stinis in 2014, the 52 Hike Challenge has become a global movement inspiring individuals to step outside their comfort zone in order to hike 52 times in one year, or an average of once a week.
LET’S GET STARTED
Starting January 2020, hikers can sign up with the official 52 Hike Challenge and receive access to their resource pages, a guide to the challenge, discount on gear, and more. Locally, hikers can either join hikes hosted by BYLT, FTHC or other organizations, and/or select hikes on their own. Hikes can range from beginner to advance, one mile to 15+ miles, flat to several thousands of feet in elevation gain. Hikes can also be repeated more than once. To keep track of hikes download the hiking log here. At the end of the year there will be a party to celebrate all the participants and finishers of the challenge can also commemorate their accomplishment with an Official 52 Hike Challenge Finisher Medal.
Lists of local and regional guided hikes can be found on www.bylt.org or www.folktrails.org. Hikers can also use BYLT’s online Trail Portal to find local trails to do on their own.
SHARE, CONNECT, & ENGAGE
Hikers are encouraged to share their stories and read the inspiring stories of others participating in the hike challenge. This can be done via social media on the Official 52 Hike Challenge Facebook page, the local 52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County Facebook group, or by emailing stories and photos to 52HikeChallengeNevadaCounty@gmail.com.
Folk Trails Hiking Club a bi-monthly hiking group of outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning about the folk tales and natural history of our local trails. For more information go to www.folktrails.org
Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is an accredited land trust based in Grass Valley, CA with a mission to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River Watersheds and to empower healthy, resilient communities through Nature access and education. Since 1990, BYLT has been a conservation leader in our region, saving more than 15,000 acres of Sierra Nevada and foothill forests, oak woodlands, meadows, riparian habitat, farms and ranches. BYLT has also built and maintains 45 miles of trails for the enjoyment of all. BYLT is a community-based land trust that relies on the generous support of members and volunteers to achieve these collective efforts. Learn more at www.bylt.org