Length: 1 mile
Altitude Change: 120′
Trail Surface: Natural Earth
Rules: Non-motorized, foot only. No bikes or equestrian use. No camping. No smoking. Dogs on leash.
Trailheads: 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 begins from the parking lot at the kiosk.
Trail Facts: 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. 4 Elements Earth Education and Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Project run various programs on the property. Please be respectful of activities taking place while hiking the trail. Avoid private residence and cultural center in the center of the parcel. Evidence of Gold Rush history can be found on the property. A type of mining known as ground sluicing was practiced and the remnants of ditches and gullies can also be found along the trail. Native American cultural sites date back to as many as 5,000 years ago.