Hike, ride, build trails Local groups plan for National Trails Day | TheUnion.com

Hike, ride, build trails Local groups plan for National Trails Day

Last weekend, a group of about 10 volunteers began clearing brush and scraping pine needles to clear a path for the future Hirschman Trail outside of Nevada City.

The trail is one of several getting started in the county and will be dedicated on June 7 and will coincide with a string of other scheduled activities planned in recognition National Trails Day.

“What we’re trying to do is show the community some of the many projects that are underway. We’ve invited everyone to participate,” said Bill Haire, trails coordinator for the Nevada County Land Trust.

Bike rides, trail walks and children’s camps will be held throughout the week leading up to the day.

Activities will be led by a number of organizations including the City of Nevada City, Gold Country Trails Council, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Friends of Deer Creek, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, Friends of Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association, Nevada County Public Health, and Greater Champion Neighborhood Association.

National Trails Day evolved from a 1987 report by President Reagan’s President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. Dubbed “Trails for all Americans” the report recommended that all citizens live within fifteen minutes of walking trails, according to the American Hiking Society website.

American Hiking Society launched National Trails Day in 1993 as a means to celebrate trails for their many benefits including recreation, health, environmental appreciation, an alternative form of transportation, solitude and inspiration.

“It’s about the cheapest thing you can do to maintain fitness. All you need is a pair of shoes,” Haire said.

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