52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County Chapter

Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) are teaming up in 2017 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: 52HikeChallengeNevadaCounty@gmail.com

By posting on Facebook and hashtagging #52HikeChallenge2017 on Instagram or Twitter  hikers can become part of the larger, national movement,  52HikeChallenge community.  







Starting January 2017, 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.

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

Learn More About the 52 Hike Challenge 

Sign up with Folk Trails Hiking Club here.