Bear Valley trek set for Sunday |

Bear Valley trek set for Sunday

The Union staff

Grayson Coney, cultural director of the Tsi-Akim Maidu, will lead a trek through the meadow of Bear Valley while sharing stories of the early inhabitants of the area.

The meadows of Bear Valley were once grazed for cattle and utilized as an important source of fodder for emigrant parties after crossing the Sierra Nevada. Additionally, the 1844 Emigrant Trail ran through Bear Valley, and a narrow gauge rail line traversed the valley in the 1880s and 1890s.

Long before the Gold Rush, Native American people of the region considered Bear Valley a sacred place.

The hike is sponsored by the Bear Yuba Land Trust and will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The suggested donation is $12 for BYLT Members, $17 for those who are not yet members.

The trek is described as easy to moderate.

Coney is a consummate storyteller whose outings always fill up. Early registration is recommended. To register or for information, visit or call Melony at 530-272-5994, ext. 200.

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