Every second Thursday of the month, we invite history and nature lovers of all-ages to join us on a walk/hike through our hometown of historic Nevada City and its outlying neighborhoods. We’ll learn about the local history and practice our plant and tree identification skills. May-September the hikes begins at the Inn Town Campground, 9 Kidder Court, Nevada City and October-April they start at the Outside Inn, 575 Broad Street, Nevada City. Non-guests should park on New Mohawk Road and walk across the street to the campground, or if the hike starts at the Outside Inn, somewhere in downtown Nevada City. Please bring water, snacks if needed, proper footwear, dress in layers and of course, your camera. We’ll be walking during “magic hour” meaning perfect photos! The hike is free and open to anyone who’s interested in joining. Start times change throughout the year so check our Facebook page for more info.  Our next hike will be November 1 at 3pm.

Day of the dead hike - November 1

The stunning fall colors will make for a most beautiful backdrop on this walk through Nevada City's historic cemeteries. In honor of Day of the Dead, Folk Trails Hiking Club invites you to join a urban hike in downtown Nevada City. We will visit the historic cemeteries of Pioneer Cemetery off of West Broad Street and Pine Grove Cemetery on Red Dog Road. Each of these cemeteries offer a glimpse into our past; we'll learn more about some of the individuals who are buried here and pay our respects to those who have come before us. We will have a special guest, Matt Melugin from the Nevada County Cemetery District, who will have lots of stories and information to share. Meet at the Outside Inn, at 3pm. The walk will is 4+ miles, mostly easy with a few hills. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring plenty of water. Free.

52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County Chapter

Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) have teamed up for a second year 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.

How To 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 Facebook group and Instagram account or by emailing stories and photos to:

By posting on Facebook and hashtagging #52HikeChallenge2018 on Instagram or Twitter  hikers can become part of the larger, national movement,  52HikeChallenge community.  







Starting January 2018, hikers can sign up for hikes offered by both organizations and/or select hikes on their own.  Hikes can range from beginner to advance, one mile to 15+ miles, flat to several thousands of feet in elevation gain.  Hikes can also be repeated more than once. 

Click here for upcoming hikes with BYLT.

Click here for upcoming hikes with FTHC.

Click here to join the 52 Hike Challenge Facebook Page

Throughout the year, these sites will be updated. Participants are strongly encouraged to check back monthly for updates or join the group’s mailing list for upcoming reminders on hikes.  Shoot an email here to be added to the 52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County mailing list.  

How To Keep Track of Your Hikes

Download the trail log form here to keep track of your hikes.

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, archeologist and historian, Hank Meals

Mountain Recreation - Nevada County's go to for hiking gear