Bear Yuba Land Trust launches The Great Trail Challenge: 30 trails in 30 days |

Bear Yuba Land Trust launches The Great Trail Challenge: 30 trails in 30 days

Volunteers helped South Yuba River Parks Association and Bear Yuba Land Trust spruce up the Independence Trail on Saturday. Volunteers and community donations are the backbone of the Land Trust's trail program. Learn more at
Submitted photo by Laura Petersen |


Here’s how it works:

1. Pick your favorite trail (there are many to choose from on BYLT’s online trails portal

2. Hike the trail.

3. Snap a photo on the trail - At the trailhead sign; with friends, family or pet or at a favorite vista. Let the adventure inspire your photo.

4. Email your photo(s) with a short caption telling us why you like the trail, where the photo was taken and who is in the photo. Send to:


What: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Ales for Trails

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24

Where: Ol’ Republic Brewery

Have award-winning beer with friends, listen to live music from Chris Kelly and friends, eat Vietnamese street food from No Pho King Way and play lots of fun games during this event that raises money for trails.

Learn more at:

With shorter, cooler days come long shadows, foraging animals and camera-ready leaf displays making fall a favorite time of year for many hikes and rides on local trails.

“I notice how my mind slows down and I start to tune in to nature when I am out on a hike,” said Shaun Clarke, trails Coordinator for Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT). “I enjoy moving my body and getting the blood flowing. Every time I am out exploring this world I notice something new and interesting.”

Throughout the month of October, a number of fun activities and events are on tap to get people outdoors as part of BYLT’s campaign to raise awareness and support for trails. All donated dollars for trails will be doubled by a local donor, up to $60,000, giving the land trust the potential to raise $120,000 for community trails this year.

With donations and volunteer efforts, BYLT has built and maintains over 35 miles of local trails for hikers, runners, mountain bicyclists, equestrian riders, wheelchair users and families. In the coming year, more are on the drawing board including Sugarloaf Mountain in Nevada City and Wolf Creek Trail in Grass Valley.

On Oct. 1, BYLT launched a community photo project on social media called The Great Trail Challenge — 30 Trails in 30 Days. Every day throughout the month, BYLT posts a photo of people in the community enjoying local trails to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, GooglePlus and LinkedIn.

Mike Haire participated in the The Great Trail Challenge. He loves the Loma Rica Trail in the Glenbrook Basin so much that he adopted it.

“I’ve been the adoptee and maintainer since its birth in 2006, but I ride it just about every day for my commute to and from work,” he said.

Later in the month, BYLT will team up with Ol’ Republic Brewery for the second annual Ales for Trails from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. Besides an opportunity to drink award-winning beer with friends, the evening will include live music by Chris Kelly and friends, games, prizes, and Vietnamese street food from No Pho King Way. Ol’ Republic’s Dead Canary, Dortmunder-style Export Lager won Best of Show at the 2016 California State Fair. Ol’ Republic will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to BYLT’s Trails Appeal.

Trails provide safe routes to school and work while helping to reduce carbon emissions from automobiles. They are important to the local economy by increasing home values, attracting future residents and visitors, fueling the region’s outdoor tourism industry. Many local businesses — restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and lodging facilities — benefit from the dollars spent by trail users.

Some favorite local trails for fall hiking include: Independence Trail (recently featured by, Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Hirschman Trail and Hoyt Trail on the South Yuba River.

“Trails get people outside and then they can start to experience why open space is a good thing. This understanding will hopefully be something that they want to share with a friend or a family member. The real legacy and magic happens when we start to think not only about ourselves but about generations to come,” said Clarke.

The forests and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of awe-inspiring hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Now with BYLT’s online trails portal, it’s easy to find a trail just right for you to explore. Check it out here:

Laura Petersen is the outreach coordinator for Bear Yuba Land Trust.

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