Food, drinks, fun fest at ‘Celebration of Trails 2016’ June 4 in Nevada County |

Food, drinks, fun fest at ‘Celebration of Trails 2016’ June 4 in Nevada County

A run led by Trkac Shoe Store on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City is one of six outings planned for Celebration of Trails, Saturday, June 4.
Photo by Laura Petersen |

Many years ago, when Jaede Miloslavich was visiting Nevada County, she found home.

It was the trails that did it. After hiking and riding horses, Miloslavich was hooked. Soon after, she moved to the area brimming with outdoor recreation opportunities.

“I worked in the high tech industry and when things got crazy I would leave the office, walk down a trail and feel everything slow down. Trails were truly heaven to me, so much so that after I retired, I devoted most of my time to trails… riding, hiking, advocacy, building, maintaining, and supporting,” said Miloslavich, a member of the equestrian group, Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC).

On Saturday, June 4, GCTC joins more than a dozen other groups and businesses — trail advocacy organizations, recreation outfitters, state and federal land managers, conservation groups and more — for Nevada County Celebration of Trails day.

Billed as the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year, Bear Yuba Land Trust is once again organizing the event that brings together everything outdoor recreationists want to know about trail related topics — a one stop resource for gear, maps, information on flora and fauna, and more.

The free event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a lineup of morning outings on local trails followed by a family-friendly trails day festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Tahoe National Forest headquarters, 631 Coyote Nevada City.

There will be kids activities, beer from Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co., tacos from Fat Belly Taqueria, live music and dozens of booths such as Mountain Recreation, State Parks, Forest Service, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Wildlife Rehab and Release, FREED and more during this free outdoor festival.

Celebration of Trails coincides with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, which first begun in 1993. In 2015, 176,000 people got outdoors on community trails and participated in 2,329 activities across the U.S.

Support for trails is gaining momentum in Nevada County. Last year, District 5 Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson initiated a committee of community experts and advocates to research and see to fruition the Pines to Mines Trail — a project that would link the towns of Truckee and Nevada City for bicyclists, equestrian riders and hikers.

At the Economic Resource Council’s Economic Development Summit this spring, outdoor recreation was touted as an asset that would draw people to the area and boost the economy. The City of Grass Valley is working on a tourism project called “Base Camp” with heavy emphasis on outdoor recreation amenities as an attraction for visitors. Nevada City has become a trail town with popular destinations like Hirschman Trail, Deer Creek Tribute Trail and in the works, Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail.

For years, visitors to the Outside Inn in Nevada City have enjoyed local trails, said Erin Thiem, who opens Inn Town Campground with her husband Dan this June.

“What better draw to our community then the vast network of outdoor adventures? Guests are always amazed that they can walk out our front door to a network of trails within downtown Nevada City, whether they go to the Deer Creek Tribute Trail or the Hirschman Trail. We love that our community has opportunities for folks to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature, from the Independence Trail to the South Yuba Trail, whether on a leisurely walk or a strenuous mountain bike ride, there really is something for everyone,” said Thiem.

Leading up to Trails Day, there are several ways to show support for trails. People who want to purchase a foot of trail for $10 can stop by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce or Land Trust office.

Friends can meet up and enjoy a cold beer and a local food meal while supporting local trails during Ales for Trails 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, May 23 at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company on Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go toward building and maintaining trails.

Later that week — on Wednesday, May 25 — Nevada City City Council will sign a proclamation in support of trails. Grass Valley is working on a similar proclamation.

Walkability advocate Ray Bryars says he is thankful that he lives so close to the Cascade Canal where he and his family can enjoy the healthy benefits of exercise and greeting neighbors. He is encouraged by the bloom of interest in trails in recent years and would like to see more.

“Although there is a “trails awakening” in Nevada County and we are making good progress towards creating a healthier community, we are still way behind many similar U.S. communities. I’m encouraged by the leadership that Supervisor Anderson is taking with the “Pines to Mines” trail and would like to see our city councils undertake similar action to initiate connecting Nevada City to Grass Valley and maybe local shopping centers to residential areas,” said Bryars.

Learn more about trails day, how to get involved with trail building and download maps of local trails at:

Contact freelance writer Laura Petersen at or 530-913-3067.

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