Well known and loved by locals around Alta Sierra, this trail loops through a small nature preserve on a hill with a park-like forest, small meadows, and some nice views.
Completed in the summer of 2014, the trail is located in far Western Nevada County on BYLT’s Black Swan Preserve, near the town of Smartsville. This community-supported trail weaves through blue oak and gray pine woodlands and leads to Black Swan Pond, once the site of a hydraulic gold diggins.
This popular forested trail on Banner Mountain offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal lined with Douglas firs and dogwoods. Along the route, views open up to distant scenes of Nevada City.
Runners, walkers and bicyclists get heavy use of this maze of urban trails in the wooded western part of Condon Park.
This community supported trail links Nevada City with Deer Creek and memorializes the early contributions of native Nisenan and Chinese people to the history of this place.
The popular Hardrock Trail Area is the historic heart of Empire Mine State Historic Park giving visitors access to 856 forested acres within downtown Grass Valley.
Only a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this trail is wheelchair accessible up to Hirschman’s Pond. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pines, and grasslands.
This trail leads to popular swimming holes along the South Yuba River and Hoyt Crossing with gorgeous wildflower shows in spring.
Wheelchair accessible Independence Trail East follows the gentle gradient of an old mining ditch and offers occasional views of the South Yuba River canyon and passes seasonal side streams and bogs.
Independence Trail West features several wooden flumes and is oriented for most of its length around the canyon of Rush Creek, a large tributary stream that enters the South Yuba River at Jones Bar.
Kenny Ranch is a large property west of Grass Valley with open meadows and a forested hillside that drops down toward Deer Creek on the north. In spring, look for outstanding wildflowers on ridge meadows.
The Litton Trail meanders through a small forest alongside an irrigation canal and ties together Sierra College, Nevada Union High School and a retirement community with downtown Grass Valley shopping.
This nearly level connector trail runs alongside Brunswick Road then turns pastoral after crossing Idaho-Maryland Road. Look forward to a lovely and easy ascent through meadows and woods to Loma Rica Road.
An easy 0.8 mile ramble between a popular city park and the historic heart of Empire Mine State Park.
Nevada County Government Center has several nice places to walk, stroll, or ride a bike plus a park with historic pond, piers and a picnic area. The trail system links downtown Nevada City with the Hirschman Pond.
A refreshing out-and-back side trip with some great views, branching off the popular Cascade Canal trail on Banner Mountain east of Nevada City.
Osborne Hill Trail Area makes up the southern arm of Empire Mine State Historic Park with boundless riding and hiking options through deep woods and some open areas. Along the way look for remnants of several significant mines.
Community built, the trail allows families to walk to school along a pretty stretch alongside Mt. Olive Rd.
Traversing much of the community, it offers an easy, enjoyable way for locals and visitors of this small town to bike or walk between neighborhoods and access Western Gateway Park.
This 0.8 mile out-and-back trail is located on BYLT’s 35-acre Clover Valley Preserve near Alta Sierra. Look for the trail’s namesake, a rusting sky blue 1964 Rambler, before reaching the trail’s end by South Wolf Creek.
Located off Rattlesnake Road in Grass Valley, this lovely, quiet forested walk with an irrigation canal and mining history was a joint project of the Rattlesnake Neighborhood Association and Bear Yuba Land Trust.
The iconic landmark just north of town is now an open space preserve easily accessible from town. An excellent trail to the top, following the grade of an old road, is open for community enjoyment.
The Union Hill Trail Area is part of the 800-acre Empire Mine State Historic Park, offering a number of less populated opportunities for hiking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding.
If you’re looking for a quiet loop walk, run or bike ride then be sure to check out the Fitness Trail in the woods west of the landscaped central area.
This one-mile exterior loop trail at BYLT’s Burton Homestead was completed in the spring of 2016. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. The Burton Homestead is also home to Sierra Harvest’s, Food Love Project organic garden, 4 Elements Earth Education who runs the Fox Walker program, and Pata Panaka the Tsi- Akim Maidu Cultural Center.
Opened officially to the public in the spring of 2015, this volunteer built Land Trust trail offers views of snow-capped peaks and the confluence of the Middle Yuba River and North Yuba River with a moderately challenging 4.5 mile round trip hike with a 500-foot elevation gain.