NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — While out walking in the countryside, avid outdoorsman and District 5 Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson wondered about the feasibility of hiking to Nevada City from his home town of Truckee, tent camping all along the way.
A few email exchanges and a glance at a trails map told him it was possible to hike or ride a bike or horse on established trails from Nevada City east to the Eagle Lakes. If he followed Old Highway 40 west from Truckee he could arrive at the Lola Montez Lakes — or to Cisco Grove.
But getting all the way to Nevada City by trail would be a challenge.
“Those realizations started me thinking about how to fill the gaps,” said Anderson, a former Truckee mayor and town council member.
So in May, he invited more than 20 trail advocates together with the intent to increase the number and variety of trails countywide and hatch a plan for an east-meets-west trail system that some are calling the “Pines to Mines Trail.”
Trail advocates included Ray Bryer, BONC, Gold Country Trails Council, IMBA, Sierra Buttes Partnership, and more.
Improving the quality of non-motorized trails that connect Nevada City and Truckee could one day draw more visitation from recreationists and tie two regions of the county that historically haven’t worked closely together.
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