Folk Trails Hiking Club x BYLT Summer Trek Series

This summer, join Folk Trails Hiking Club and Bear Yuba Land Trust for a free docent-led public hike series the third Saturday of the month.

Rice's Crossing N. Preserve, Grand Opening of the Trabucco Trail

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 8:30-11:30am

Overlooking the confluence of the Middle and North Yuba Rivers, the Trabucco Trail is a three-quarter mile extension off of the Yuba Rim Trail that is located on Rice’s Crossing North Preserve below Bullard’s Bar Reservoir.

Located along a six-mile span on both sides of the Yuba River in the counties of Yuba and Nevada, Bear Yuba Land Trust’s newest and largest property, Rice’s Crossing Preserve comprises 2,707 acres extended from New Bullard’s Bar Reservoir to the north and South Yuba

The event begins in the morning with a dedication, followed by a moderate three-mile hike on the Yuba Rim and Trabucco Trail out to the scenic overlook and back. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy a picnic in the meadow afterwards.

Email folktrailshikingclub@gmail.com to sign up.



Folks Trails Hiking Club and Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground invites history and nature lovers of all-ages to join them on a series of urban hikes or “micro adventures” through historic Nevada City and its outlying neighborhoods. Led by Jesse Locks, a California Naturalist, founder of Folk Trails Hiking Club and certified in Wilderness First Aid, these hikes are perfect for both residents and visitors looking for a deeper understanding and connection to this beautiful and unique corner of the world.  

A micro adventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Each hike varies in distance from two to four miles, but would be considered easy to moderate (Nevada City is known for its 7 Hills!).  Each hike is organized around the time of year to showcase the very best of what Nevada City has to offer. The hikes focus on subjects such as the fall colors, architecture, historic figures, cemeteries, bird watching, Deer Creek and the Tribute Trail, and much more.   

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.  

2019 Hikes

January 10 @ 3-5pm - Deer Creek Tribute Trail (winter on the trail)

February 14 @ 3-5pm - The Hills of Nevada City

March 14 @ 4-6pm - Hirschman's Pond

April 11 @ 4-6pm - Architecture of Nevada City 

May 9 @ 4-6pm - Trees of Nevada City 

June 13 @ 6-8pm - Prospect Hill, Pioneer Park & Pine Grove Cemetery 

July 11 @ 6-8pm - Deer Creek Tribute Trail (summer on the trail)

August 8 @ 6-8pm - Forged at the Foundry

September 5 @ 6-8pm - The Hills of Nevada City

October 10 @ 4-6pm - Fall Colors Walk

Friday, November 1 @ 3:30-6pm - Day of the Dead Hike to Historic Cemeteries co-led with Nevada County Cemetery District's Matt Melugin

December 12 @ 4-6pm - Holiday Lights Tour and Stories of Christmas' Past in Nevada County



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 third 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: 52HikeChallengeNevadaCounty@gmail.com

By posting on Facebook and hashtagging #52HikeChallenge2019 on Instagram or Twitter  hikers can become part of the larger, national movement,  52HikeChallenge community.  







Starting January 2019, 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 

Outlandish Experiences - Local adventures in Nevada County

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