BYLT launches The Great Trail Challenge: 30 Trails In 30 Days

Special to the Union

cicely-independence-trail-westOctober 13, 2016 – With shorter, cooler days come long shadows, foraging animals and camera-ready leaf displays making fall a favorite time of year for many hikes and rides on local trails.

“I notice how my mind slows down and I start to tune in to nature when I am out on a hike,” said Shaun Clarke, trails Coordinator for Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT). “I enjoy moving my body and getting the blood flowing. Every time I am out exploring this world I notice something new and interesting.”

riley-and-graden-on-tribute-trailThroughout the month of October, a number of fun activities and events are on tap to get people outdoors as part of BYLT’s campaign to raise awareness and support for trails. All donated dollars for trails will be doubled by a local donor, up to $60,000, giving the land trust the potential to raise $120,000 for community trails this year.

With donations and volunteer efforts, BYLT has built and maintains over 35 miles of local trails for hikers, runners, mountain bicyclists, equestrian riders, wheelchair users and families. In the coming year, more are on the drawing board including Sugarloaf Mountain in Nevada City and Wolf Creek Trail in Grass Valley.

On Oct. 1, BYLT launched a community photo project on social media called The Great Trail Challenge — 30 Trails in 30 Days. Every day throughout the month, BYLT posts a photo of people in the community enjoying local trails to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, GooglePlus and LinkedIn.

Mike Haire participated in the The Great Trail Challenge. He loves the Loma Rica Trail in the Glenbrook Basin so much that he adopted it.

“I’ve been the adoptee and maintainer since its birth in 2006, but I ride it just about every day for my commute to and from work,” he said.

Later in the month, BYLT will team up with Ol’ Republic Brewery for the second annual Ales for Trails from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. Besides an opportunity to drink award-winning beer with friends, the evening will include live music by Chris Kelly and friends, games, prizes, and Vietnamese street food from No Pho King Way. Ol’ Republic’s Dead Canary, Dortmunder-style Export Lager won Best of Show at the 2016 California State Fair. Ol’ Republic will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to BYLT’s Trails Appeal.