Groups set Oct. 8 for Independence Trail work day |

Groups set Oct. 8 for Independence Trail work day

The Independence Trail, which is handicapped-accessible, is the site of a community volunteer work day on Oct. 8.
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Bear Yuba Land Trust and South Yuba River Park Association are teaming up to host a volunteer work day Oct. 8 on the beloved Independence Trail created by the late Naturalist John Olmsted.

“If you are a local resident, I am sure you have hiked the historic Independence Trail at some point in your life. This wonderful trail is in need of your help and it is time to give back to the trail that has given so much to us,” said BYLT Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead on Highway 49, about 10 miles from Nevada City, at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring their own hammers, wheelbarrows, cordless drills and saws, and crowbars “cats paws” to pull out nails. The crew will replace broken and rotten boards with new lumber, clean out culverts and repair the cable that is used for vision impaired trail users.

Founded by the late John Olmsted, the Independence Trail transformed an historic gold mining ditch into the nation’s first identified handicapped-accessible wilderness trail. It is now one of the most popular trails in the area, contouring along wooded hillsides, passing live streams, and crossing deep gorges on restored wooden flumes that once transported water for hydraulic mining. The trail has two separate sections — West and East — that extend from one main trailhead on Highway 49.

“This ditch trail provides precious glimpses back in time, and the picturesque views provide us stillness to ponder our future. Let’s keep John Olmsted’s spirit alive and well by respecting the trail that he spearheaded all those years ago,” said Clarke.

Volunteers are advised to wear gloves, long sleeves, pants and boots. Bring water, lunch and everything you need to have a safe comfortable work day.

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