Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) first teamed up in 2017 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.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to sign up for the 52 Hike Challenge. Hikers can begin in January 2018, by signing up for hikes offered by both organizations and/ or selecting hikes on their own. Hikes can range from beginner to advanced, one mile to 15+ miles, flat to several thousands of feet in elevation gain. Hikes can also be repeated more than once.
Plan Your Next Adventure
Throughout the year, hikes will be updated. Participants are strongly encouraged to check back monthly for updates or join the mailing list for upcoming reminders on hikes.
Connect With Other Hikers
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 52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County Chapter Facebook group or by emailing stories and photos to: 52HikeChallengeNevadaCounty@
By posting on Facebook or using hashtag #52HikeChallenge2017 on Instagram and Twitter, hikers can become part of the larger, national movement, 52HikerChallenge community.
Other Local Hiking Resources
All Trails – a superb app and website with lists of hiking trails
Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
Sierra Club – Sierra Nevada Chapter
The River: Hiking Trails and History of the South Fork of the Yuba River (2008), and Yuba Trails 1 & 2 (1993, 2001), by local author, archaeologist and historian, Hank Meals
Mountain Recreation – Nevada County’s go-to shop for outdoor gear, apparel and seasonal kayak and ski rentals