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Land trust offers series of treks

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The Bear Yuba Land Trust has a series of upcoming hikes for July.

Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. and up to 5 p.m., there will be an outing to see the Sierra rock art at Meadow Lake. Beginning at 8 a.m., Jeff Phelan of Friends of Sierra Rock Art will lead a group to experience the mysterious petroglyphs of the early inhabitants of the area. Rock art symbols are still being studied — were they stories, rituals or just graffiti? The rock art is located on glacially polished granite next to a pond and forest. Though etched in stone, they are not permanent; weather is taking its toll as the images are worn down or flaked off of the granite. Discussed will be the exotic geology that attracted both Native Americans and the miners of the great boom town of Summit City (circa 1864). Come learn more about these interesting glimpses into cultures long gone. The hike is rated as easy to moderate. There is a suggested donation of $12 for land trust members and Friends of Sierra Rock Art members and $17 for the general public. Proceeds benefit both nonprofit organizations. Space is limited; to register call 530-272-5995, ext. 200, or visit

A little closer to home, the Bear Yuba Land Trust will host another Treks on Tuesday. The group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hughes Road Trailhead of the Litton Trail (about a quarter of a mile south of Ridge Road). The hike is free and doesn't require a reservation. Every month the Bear Yuba Land Trust has been leading a trek on one of the trails mapped on the group's website's ( Trails Portal and in their Trail Cards. For July they will be walking the Litton Trail from Hughes road toward Sierra College, continuing on the loop around Sierra College, making a brief stop at BriarPatch Co-op for refreshments and then heading back. The trek is rated easy, with about four miles round trip.

The following weekend, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 19, there will be an approximately four-mile trek through Van Norden Meadow with the Truckee Donner Land Trust. The organization recently acquired Van Norden Meadow for public access and recreation. The Truckee Donner Land Trust is proud to show off this landmark property and will be leading the group onto a new loop trail where there will be the opportunity to experience different perspectives of the Sierra Crest and gain a whole new appreciation of this critically situated open space. The hike is considered moderate with some strenuous climbs and descents at 7,500 feet of elevation.

The trek is $12 for members of Bear Yuba Land Trust and $17 for the general public.

To register call 530-272-5995, ext. 200, or visit

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The next day, there will be an AquaTrek at Lake Spaulding. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 20, Barbara Price will lead kayakers on BYLT's first-ever AquaTrek. This flat-water kayaking adventure will be on Lake Spaulding in the Grouse Ridge area. Participants will take a leisurely paddle around the lake, slowing to admire the wildlife (eagles, turtles, whatever else appears) and wildflowers, then find a spot on shore to eat their lunches or possibly just raft-up and eat out on the lake.

The AquaTrek is $12 for members of Bear Yuba Land Trust and $17 for the general public.

To register, call 530-272-5995, ext. 200 or visit

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