‘Celebration of Trails 2016’ set for June 4 | TheUnion.com

‘Celebration of Trails 2016’ set for June 4

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free public trail hiking event and festival will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4.

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s “Celebration of Trails 2016” will take place at Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote St., Nevada City

It is the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year.

“Nevada County is a much richer place due to our trails and the easy access to the outdoors that they provide our residents and visitors,” said Richard Thomas, resident of Hirschman Trail and member of Friends of Spenceville and Sierra Club.

The trails day starts off with a lineup of morning outings on local trails (see sidebar) followed by a family-friendly festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tahoe National Forest headquarters.

At 1 p.m. local leaders will speak on what trails mean to them.

Among the speakers will be:

 Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano of Tahoe National Forest;

 Jesse Locks, founder of Folk Trails Hiking Club;

 Longtime outdoor recreation supporter Evans Phelps of Nevada City City Council

 Mover and shaker Howard Levine of Grass Valley City Council.

“Our trails are everything to me,” said Chris McGovern of Real Wheels Bicycle Studio. “My bike and the trails have provided freedom and fun in my youth and now today I enjoy my commute and recreation on the trails. Whether on foot, on bike or just riding to work, the trails take care of me — 1978 to present day.”

Celebration of Trails coincides with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day first begun in 1993.

In 2015, 176,000 people got outdoors on community trails and participated in 2,329 activities across the U.S.

This year’s participants include: Bicyclists of Nevada County/IMBA, City of Grass Valley, Empire Mine Park Association, Face Full of Fun facepainting, Fat Belly Taqueria, Free Range String Band, FREED, Gold Country Trails Council, Mountain Recreation, Outside Inn, Sierra Club, South Yuba River Citizens League, South Yuba River State Park Association, Tahoe National Forest, Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop, Trkac, Wildlife Rehab and Release.

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