Mr. Manners: A few notes on trail safety and etiquette

When BYLT asked local hiking guru Hank Meals to share some ideas about safety and etiquette when out on the trail, he produced this thoughtful list that we are happy to share. Be sure to sign up for a hike at Black Swan with Hank during this year’s Celebration of Trails, Saturday, June 4.

Channel Your Inner Silk Worm

The world needs people who can transform unwanted, useless byproducts into something amazing and useful. It is easy to tear down and destroy but it takes real skill and determination to build something awesome. Our quick fix prescription society produces an unbelievable amount of waste. We need to get smarter and more creative about reducing, reusing and recycling.

Love Local Trails? Say No to Mud This Rainy Season

A series of winter storms in the Sierra Nevada foothills have left many local trails a mucky mess. To avoid trail widening, unnecessary erosion, soil damage, higher maintenance costs and labor demands, the trails crew at Bear Yuba Land Trust is asking the community to be responsible trail users when the ground is water logged and muddy.

December is inviting time to visit Sugarloaf Mountain

For years, locals have known Sugarloaf Mountain as Nevada City’s iconic backdrop.

In December, snow-capped peaks make the short climb to the top especially inviting.

From the summit, at 3,045 feet elevation, visitors are greeted by 360-degree sweeping views that take in postcard perfect snapshots of the historic town in miniature framed by surrounding peaks.

Health is Everything

Bear Yuba Land Trust has a successful Adopt-A-Trail program to help maintain all of our trails in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds. Recently one of our trail adopters had surgery and was unable to walk the trail. While talking on the phone with him, he said something that I think we can all relate to.

Grousefest Extravaganza

One great thing about the local trail community is that many of the trail building and advocacy groups work together. It takes a coordinated effort to continue developing Nevada City and Grass Valley into trail towns.

Proper Attire

I love this county for all the unique characters that call this place home. When I am walking around I like to people watch, and I wonder if I will ever get to a place where I am not surprised anymore. I recently had an experience on the trail that emphatically answered that question with a resounding “no”.

Come on Man!

When I was going through the interview process with Bear Yuba Land Trust I participated in several trial work days. I mostly worked on the two mile Black Swan Trail and it was a great learning experience. At that time only locals and people with permission were allowed to be out there.

Character Comes Out

As a Trails Coordinator with Bear Yuba Land Trust, I get the opportunity to go out in nature and explore our county quite a bit. I organize and host volunteer work parties that cover a range of activities. We do everything from trail layout, to building trails, to hanging up signs, or even cleaning up a cartel grow site.

Give and Take

Communities need trails and trails need the community. We have many miles of trails here in Nevada County and it is one of the reasons that this area is such a desirable place to live. Trails maintain our rural and scenic way of life. They provide recreational opportunities and help keep us healthy and happy. Trails increase property values, support broad user groups, and are free for everyone to use.