Celebration of Trails Weekend 2018

What: Celebration of Trails

When: Saturday, June 2

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), outdoor recreationists and trail supporters May 31 – June 3 for Celebration of Trails, the biggest showcase of local community trails all year!

Trails are one of our greatest community assets. They build strong neighborhoods and boost the local economy. Trails get us outside and close to nature for healthy exercise and spiritual renewal.

It’s the annual community-supported event hosted by BYLT showcasing the wealth of trails in Nevada County for the outdoor enthusiast in all of us.  This year we are excited to partner with Ol’ Republic Brewery to expand to two locations and multiple days.  We’d love for you to join us and help make this event one to remember!

We’ll kick things off with the first Fireside Chat of the season 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 31. It’s our second annual offering of this fun, summertime series at Inn Town Campground. We’ll gather around the campfire to talk about trails and hear from special guest, Trails Author Hank Meals.

The following day, 5 – 8 pm Friday, June 1 join us for a cold one at Ol’ Republic Brewery’s Taphouse on Argall Way for the first trail fundraiser of the year, Ales for Trails. We’ll be sipping “Trailside” beers on tap, the brewery’s summertime beer crafted just for BYLT.

On Saturday, June 2, join us on the trail for our first annual Hike-A-Thon on the Pioneer Trail, part of the future Pines to Mines Trail. Raise money for trails with every step and win prizes along the way! After, we’ll meet you at the new Ol’ Republic Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House on Hwy 20) and Ol’ Republic original Taphouse in 7hills District of Nevada City for two vendor villages with many of your favorite outdoor groups and businesses, live music, food trucks, speakers and more! Yuba Bus will provide shuttle rides all day long.

What: Fireside Chat: All About Trails with Hank Meals

When: 6 to 7:30 pm Thursday, May 31

Where: Inn Town Campground

Suggested Donation: $10 

Join BYLT and Inn Town Campground for the launch of the first Fireside Chat of the 2018 season, our second annual collaboration. We’ll kick off the big Celebration of Trails weekend and share all the details about hiking and riding adventures in store for lovers of the outdoors.  Special guest Hank Meals – Local Trails Writer, Historian, and Photographer will talk about the history of trails. 

What: Ales for Trails

When: 5 – 8 pm Friday, June 1 

Where: Ol’ Republic Brewery Taphouse, Argall Way, Nevada City 

Help raise money for local trails and enjoy the draft debut of Trailside IPA, Ol’Republic’s newest brew that benefits BYLT. Now on tap, $1 from every pint poured of Trailside IPA (a session-able hazy) goes back to BYLT! Call your friends and tell them to meet you at Ol’ Republic Brewery‘s original Nevada City Taphouse and let’s get the trail celebration started.

What: Celebration of Trails Hike-A-Thon 

When: Yuba Bus shuttle pickups at 8 am and 8:30 am Nevada County Rood Center.

Pre-Registration is Required to participate in the Hike-A-Thon by clicking here

Hike-A-Thon starts on the Pioneer Trail at 9 a.m. 

Concludes around noon

Where: Pioneer Trail segment along Highway 20, finishes at Ol’ Republic Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House)

Participants will hike five miles, starting just south of White Cloud Campground off Hwy 20 along the Pioneer Trail and future Pines to Mines Trail and finish at Ol’ Republic Brewery’s new Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House), raising money for trails with each step.

The campaign’s overall goal is to raise $10,000 for maintaining and building Nevada County trails.

The vision of the future multi-use Pines to Mines Trail is a 72-mile trail linking the towns of Nevada City and Truckee by using existing trail systems. Bear Yuba Land Trust is in the early stages of working with a number of trail organizations on the development of this project that will take years of community support.

BYLT’s Hike-A-Thon is not a race. It’s a family-friendly event for people of all ages and a fun way to get outdoors and support a cause that is healthy for everyone. Yuba Bus is partnering with BYLT and will provide morning shuttles from Nevada County Government Center to the Hike-A-Thon starting point. A number of prizes are available to Hike-A-Thon participants.

At the finish line, friends, family, outdoor enthusiasts and trail lovers will cheer Hike-A-Thon participants and celebrate the rest of the day with live music, food trucks, fun activities and more.

What: Celebration of Trails Vendor Village 1

Where: Ol’ Republic Brewery Roadhouse (old 5 Mile House) 

When: noon to 5 pm. 

Yuba Bus Shuttle Required (see bus schedule below)

Join us at the Roadhouse to Celebrate Trails with live music, food trucks, speakers, vendor booths, maps, gear, and more. Gold Country Trails Council will bring a horse! Bicyclists of Nevada County will share info on Multi-Use Trail Etiquette; YBONC will have t-shirt painting for kids; Tahoe National Forest will provide trail maps of the Yuba River Ranger District; Sierra Club will once again bring kids games. Pacific Crest Trail Association, Forest Trails Alliance & Yuba Trails Stewardship will have trail information. Sierra Fund will have kids activities and provide educational materials on the legacy of mining, mercury in fish and how to eat fish safely. Bear Yuba Land Trust will feature Pines to Mines trail maps, cool merchandise like stainless steel cups, trucker hats, and trail cards, and info about summer events and outings. The Free Range String Band will provide live music. Nacho Truck from Sacramento will be selling lunch from noon to 3:45 p.m. Ol’ Republic will provide the beer.

What: Celebration of Trails Vendor Village 2 

When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2

Where: Ol’ Republic Taphouse, Argall Way, Nevada City 

Transportation: YubaBus shuttle schedule see below

Join us at the Roadhouse to Celebrate Trails with live music, food trucks, speakers, vendor booths, maps, gear, and more. Two Chicks Beef Jerky will be on hand with samples, Gold Crush Climbing Gym will have activities and Gateway Bike Park will have a map and signup sheet for people interested in being informed about the park’s progress. Mountain Recreation will have hiking gear and demos, KVMRx will be on the deck with DJs and records; South Yuba River Parks Association will be on hand to share information about South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and the Save Our Bridge Committee. South Yuba River Citizens League will have activities for kids and adults; Folk Trails Hiking Club will have merchandise and info about hikes; and BYLT’s booth will have special guests from Nevada City including Mayor Duane Strawser and City Councilmember Evans Phelps to talk about the Sugarloaf Trail. BYLT will also have trail cards, trucker hats and stainless steel camping cups for sale. Food Trucks Honest Pie and Caeser’s Quick Lunch will be serving up grub to go with Ol’ Republic’s award-winning beer.


What: Yuba Bus Schedule 

Shuttle to Hike-A-Thon (Pre-Registration Required here)

Shuttle to Hike-A-Thon
Pick up at popup tent Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City
(Pre-Registration Required here)
8:00 am
8:30 am
Shuttle Pick  Up Times
11:30 am – Rood Center
noon – Roadhouse, Hwy 20
12:30 pm –  Rood Center
1:00 pm – Roadhouse
1:30 pm – Rood Center
2:00 pm –  Roadhouse
2:30 pm –  Rood Center
3:00 pm – Roadhouse
3:20 – Ol Republic Taproom, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City
3:40 pm – Rood Center
4:00 pm – Roadhouse
4:20 pm – Rood Center
4:40 pm – Taproom
5:00 pm – Roadhouse – last shuttle


Yuba Bus Shuttles will transport people back to town from Roadhouse on the hour

Last trip leaves from Roadhouse at 4:45 pm


Sunday, June 3 

We’ll round out the weekend with a variety of hikes and workdays on local trails led by different organizations. See you there!

WHAT: Family Nature Walk at Burton Homestead Preserve

WHEN: 9:30 – 11:30 am Sunday, June 3

WHERE: Burton Homestead Preserve 


COST: Free!

TRAILHEAD: At the traffic light on Highway 49, Nevada City, turn right onto North Bloomfield Road. At the top of the hill (three-way intersection), turn left onto Lake Vera-Purdon Road. Stay on Lake Vera-Purdon for approximately one mile. Look for the Burton Homestead Preserve sign on your left, then turn left into the gravel parking lot. The trailhead departs from the parking lot at the kiosk.

Trek Docent Linda Conklin (Junior Conservationists) will lead this casual Sunday morning stroll on the one-mile Yewei’im Bom Trail at BYLT’s Burton Homestead Preserve. This one-mile exterior loop trail was completed in the spring of 2016. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. Evidence of gold mining and Native American history can be found on the property. Look for a variety of botanical interests including: Blue oak, black oak, canyon live oak, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, Pacific madrone, white alder, Oregon grape, whiteleaf manzanita, buckbrush, wild rose, mountain misery, whitebark raspberry, toyon, chain fern, bracken fern, soap plant, mugwort, California poppy, English plantain, shooting star, buttercup, common bedstraw, narrowleaf cattail, and Shelton’s violet.

WHAT: Family Hike at Hirschman Trail with FREED

WHEN: 10 am Sunday, June 3 

WHERE: Hirschman Trail 

DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate (depending on distance and mobility level), .8 miles (wheelchair accessible) – 5 miles possible (moderate ascending and descending)

Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Ana Acton of FREED to explore this former hydraulic mine site (now property of the City of Nevada City) and investigate the flora and fauna of this popular BYLT trail. Cameras, binoculars and sketchbooks are encouraged. This is a wheelchair, limited mobility accessible trail to the pond (.8 mile round trip). Those who want to go further will have that option, too.

WHAT: “No – Drop” XCountry Trail Ride with BONC

DIFFICULTY: For all levels, No one is left behind 

WHEN: 9 am Sunday, June 3, Roll promptly at 9:30 am  

WHERE: Harmony Ridge Market (off Hwy 20)  

BONC will sponsor a women’s only social/non-competitive mountain bike ride on Sunday, June 3 as part of Celebration of Trails Weekend. The focus of this ride is to have fun and meet other women who like to play in the dirt. Meet at the Harmony Ridge Market (off Hwy 20) between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. The group rolls promptly at 9:30 a.m. Bicyclists will ride the Hoot, Dascombe trails and Pioneer Trail with an option to ride a bit longer. There will be two groups based on speed.  Plan on a couple hours and 10-12 miles with some climbing.

Please have a properly functioning mountain bike with a spare tube and tools necessary for repairs.  Bring water (camelback) and snacks.  A HELMET IS MANDATORY!!
WHAT: Walk on Wolf Creek Trail with Wolf Creek Community Alliance

WHEN: 10:30 am – noon; Sunday, June 3

WHERE: Meet at the Grass Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant, 556 Freeman Lane

DIFFICULTY: Easy, 2.5 miles

 Join Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA) for an easy, 2.5 mile, round-trip hike along a lovely new trail segment that follows the confluence of Little Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek. This is the first segment of a Wolf Creek Trail system being developed in partnership with the City of Grass Valley, BYLT, and WCCA. Bring water and a hat.

WHAT: Lone Grave Loop Equestrian Ride

WHEN: 11 a.m.

DISTANCE 6 – 7 miles, 2 – 2.5 hours

WHERE: Meet at Lone Grave GCTC Equestrian Trailhead

QUESTIONS, REGISTRATION: Contact Helen Harvey at helentharvey@icloud.com

Want to explore the trails at Lone Grave?  Come ride a loop with the Gold Country Trails Council.


Interested in becoming a vendor, volunteer, or lead a hike or work day? 

Contact Laura at laura@bylt.org or 272-5994 ext 211.