1. Scenic Highway 49 from Nevada City to Sierra City
- Heading toward Sierra City on Highway 49, you will cross the stunning, emerald south fork of the Yuba, a state-designated Wild & Scenic river canyon.
- Continuing on to cross the middle fork at Oregon Creek Day-Use Area.
- As you slowly climb in elevation, Highway 49 catches up to the north fork of the Yuba River, where you’ll find plenty of small parks and pull-offs along the way with breathtaking views of the river canyon where you can be sure to stay socially distant.
2. Hiking for Good presents Connect with Nature on the Hirschman Trail
- Just a short one-mile walk from downtown Nevada City, Hirschman Trail is an easy to moderate forested adventure found in the Deer Creek Watershed.
- Now teeming with wildlife, the trail’s showpiece is Hirschman Pond, created by hydraulic mining during the Gold Rush.
3. Explore Tahoe National Forest
- If you head up Highway 20, just past Harmony Ridge you’ll enter the Tahoe National Forest.
- The Pioneer Trail runs parallel along Highway 20 through a beautiful canopy of trees. Look for pull outs on the left side of the highway all the way to Conservation Camp Road. There’s plenty of flat space to stretch your legs and find solitude in the forest. Continue upward to find parks with 180-degree scenic views of the Sierra Nevadas.
4. It’s All Newt to Me: A Self-Guided Orientation to Amphibians of the Yuba
- While most people spend their hikes facing forward, look down for a change and discover the world of amphibians.
- Explore the Yuba Watershed from the eyes of frogs and salamanders on easy trails near Nevada City.
- This self-guided excursion is supplemented by materials from avid herper Shannon Hedge to teach you about the wonders of these animals at your feet.
5. Importance of Nisenan Voice in Our CommunityThe Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a great opportunity for community education and outreach. The Nisenan Cultural Reclamation Corridor along Deer Creek will connect two points of the Tribute Trail. Wolf Creek in Grass Valley also offers educational opportunities through interpretive signage. Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Spokesperson Shelly Covert will discuss the visibility the trails have brought to the Tribe as well as the critical importance of connecting people with nature.
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