Discover the outdoors on ‘Treks Through Time’ |

Discover the outdoors on ‘Treks Through Time’

A snowshoe tour, waterfall walk, visit to a historic powerhouse or a hike in the world’s smallest mountain range are among outings being offered this spring by the Nevada County Land Trust.

The Land Trust’s popular Treks Through Time spring program runs from March 12 through May 22. Additional outings are planned for summer and fall.

The half-day and daylong treks on Saturdays and Sundays are led by Land Trust volunteers experienced in history, geology, botany, wilderness pursuit and other topics.

Treks are designed for all ages and fitness levels and range from vehicle tours, walks and easy hikes to more adventurous activities, such as snowshoeing and scaling of some of the area’s best-known peaks. Each trek is rated easy, moderate, challenging or very strenuous.

Costs vary, with basic treks starting at $10 for Land Trust members and $15 for nonmembers. Other treks, such as hiking in the Sutter Buttes, are priced at $40 or $45.

March outings include a member tour of the Trabucco Ranch (March 19).

April treks include Table Mountain wildflowers (April 2); Chalk Bluffs (April 3); Sutter Buttes Ridgetop Trek (moderate, April 9 and April 16); Sutter Buttes Brockman Challenge (strenuous, April 16); “Going Batty,” a program about bats (April 16); Codfish Falls (April 16); a PG&E Centennial Powerhouse Tour (April 24); and Roadside Geology (April 30).

May treks include Hell’s Half Acre (May 1); Spenceville (May 7); Member Trail Tour (May 21); and Native American Cultural Day (May 22).

The Land Trust has introduced a new Armchair Trek Series for this spring. These indoor events will be held at the Nevada County Library in Nevada City and include “Can it Really Happen Here?” Tsunamis, Volcanos and Earthquakes (March 30); Kanakas: Hawaiians in early California (April 6); Stories of the Yuba River (April 27); and Crow’s Range: an Environmental History of the Sierra (May 3).

The Treks program is a fund-raiser for the Land Trust, which works to enhance trails, parks and open space in Nevada County.

For reservations, information and a complete calendar of the Spring 2005 Treks Through Time, contact the Nevada County Land Trust at 272-5994 or see

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