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Nevada City moving forward with Sugarloaf trail

A view from Sugarloaf Mountain, which was acquired by Nevada City in 2011.

Nevada City council members voted unanimously to approve the alignment for a proposed trail on Sugarloaf Mountain last week.

The trail alignment was recommended to the council by the city planning department after a public hearing and consideration of various proposed routes.

Bear Yuba Land Trust, the organization proposing the trail, will need to submit formal documents detailing plans for trail construction and funding to the planning department before construction can begin.

An environmental review of the site will also begin now that the alignment has been approved.

The land trust plans to construct the trail with a moderate six to eight percent grade and a width of four feet, following recommendations made by the public during a planning commission hearing. Those dimensions are meant to discourage bikers from speeding. Brush and tree cover will also be managed to visually discourage trail users from cutting switchbacks.

Community members also requested some assurance from the Bear Yuba Land Trust and the city that extra patrolling of the area will be included in the trail plan, in order to address concerns that numerous homeless camps have appeared on the property in recent years.

City Manager Mark Prestwich estimates a formal plan for construction to be completed next spring.

Nevada City is also working on a proposal to annex the Sugarloaf property, which is currently on county property, though it is owned by the city.

A public hearing on the annexation of the Sugarloaf property will be held at Thursday's planning commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.