Get Outside Trek: Woodpecker Preserve

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 2 – 4 miles based on the fitness level and desire of the group

Cost: Free!

Meeting Location: Gracie Road Trailhead: Take either Gracie Road or Banner Lava Cap Road east from Nevada City. The parking area is located on Gracie Road about 700 feet downhill from the intersection with Banner-Lava Cap Road. Look for a “Cascade Canal Access Trail” sign at the parking area. This is where the hike begins.

Join us for this pleasant Get Outside Trek on August 18 at Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve as part of BYLT’s free docent-led public hike series. This Preserve is located on land formerly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It was donated to BYLT by a group called Saving Special Places in 1999. Old growth trees and snags provide critical wildlife habitat for many species of woodpeckers, including the largest in North America, the Pileated Woodpecker.

The Preserve is a mixed conifer and hardwood forest largely dominated by incense cedar, Douglas fir, big-leaf maple and black oak. Hazelnut and mountain dogwood are scattered throughout the understory.

The Cascade Canal crosses the Preserve and a continues 4.5-miles. The Orene Wetherall Trail branches off from this main trail for an exciting 1.2 mile loop trail which winds through Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve.