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Land Trust offers range of activities and treks

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The Bear Yuba Land Trust will offer multiple treks in the coming weeks.

On Sept. 7, BYLT will host Treks Through Time: Stargazing Party with the Astronomy Club from 8-9:30 p.m. at the Burton Homestead in Nevada City.

The Land Trust and the Nevada County Astronomy Club will be perusing the late summer night sky with powerful scopes and binoculars. Al Stahler and astronomy club members will point out constellations, planets, satellites and other space stuff on this informative evening event. The trek costs $12, or is free to astronomy club members.

On Sept. 8, BYLT will host a trek to Deer Creek Falls from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The outing to the Deer Creek Falls is over private property, so the Land Trust is happy to be invited back this year. Over eons, these cascading falls have created swimming pools in the bedrock — the perfect way to spend a hot summer day.

The hike costs $12 for BYLT members, $17 for not-yet members. Early registration is encouraged since space is limited. Deer Creek Falls is considered a moderate to difficult hike, with a short, but steep climb down to the creek.

The following weekend, Sept. 14, Treks Through Time will revisit the Colgate Power House from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. near Camptonville and Bullards Bar. BYLT and amateur historian Dale Johnson will take hikers on a historical tour which begins in Camptonville where there will be a visit to Lester Pelton's first functional water wheel.

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The next stop on the trek is to the Colgate Powerhouse near Dobbins where the largest Pelton-style waterwheel in the world — an 18-foot single casting wheel — is on display. The final destination will be to the 635-foot high Bullard's Bar Dam, which will include a short visit inside the base of the dam. The trek costs $12 for members, $17 for not-yet members and is rated easy to moderate.

Pre-registration is required for all treks. For more information on any of the Treks Through Time or to register, contact Melony by email at melony@bylt.ofg, call 530-272-5994, ext. 200, or online at

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