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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 they have partnered 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!

BYLT is kicking things off with the first Fireside Chat of the season 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 31. It’s their second annual offering of this fun, summertime series at Inn Town Campground. Folks will 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 BYLT on the trail for their 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 a vendor village 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.

This year’s participants include: Bicyclists of Nevada CountyGold Country Trails CouncilPacific Crest Trail AssociationForest Trails Alliance, Yuba Trails Stewardship, Tahoe National ForestSierra Club-Sierra Nevada GroupState ParksSierra FundTwo Chicks Beef JerkyGold Crush Climbing GymMountain RecreationYuba BusKVMRxFolk Trails Hiking ClubCity of Grass ValleyCity of Nevada CityCounty of NevadaNevada Irrigation DistrictFREED and more!

Sunday, June 3 will round out the weekend with a variety of hikes and workdays on local trails led by different organizations. See you there! Click here for a list of hikes being offered through BYLT.




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. The hike begins at the Inn Town Campground. Non-campers should park on New Mohawk Road and walk across the street to the campground. 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! If you have hiked with us before on an Inn Town Campground hike, rest assure this one will be a little different than the others! 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 June 14th at 6pm.

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