Getting outdoors: Hiking For Good, Outlandish Experiences team up on trips for all ages
Celebration of Trails this weekend
Each year the Bear Yuba Land Trust, a nonprofit community based land trust, hosts Celebrations of Trails, a two-day event that brings together outdoor enthusiasts with local organizations such as Gold Country Trails Council, Forest Trails Alliance, Yuba Trails Stewardship, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Tahoe National Forest and South Yuba River Park Association, among others, to celebrate trails.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Celebration of Trails
WHEN: May 31-June 1
Ales for Trails, Friday, May 31, 5-8 p.m. at Ol Republic Brewery Taproom, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City
Hike-A-Thon, Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Future Pines to Mines Trail off of Hwy. 20, pre-registration required
Celebration of Trails Festival, Saturday, June 1, noon-5 p.m. at Ol’ Republic Roadhouse, Hwy. 20, Nevada City
INFO: Call 530-272-5994 or go to www.bylt.org for more information or to register for the Hike-A-Thon
Hiking For Good was started in the summer of 2018 by local outdoor writer and hiking guide Laura Petersen and has teamed up with online marketing platform Outlandish Experiences to offer an array of day hikes and backpacking trips throughout the year for people of all ages, abilities and interests.
“At the time, I was training to hike the 190-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. I wanted to organize my first overnight backpacking trip and rather than go solo, I sought the help of a friend and experienced backpacker,” said Petersen. “We invited others and soon Hiking For Good was launched with a three-part Backpacking Basics Series. We learned together, invested in and borrowed gear, put on our packs and set out on our first adventure. We spent 24 hours, making camp, swimming, stargazing, and trailblazing in a beautiful part of the Sierra Nevada,”
Since then, Hiking For Good and Outlandish Experiences have offered outings every month such as: Indigenous Walk on Deer Creek with Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan, Fall Into Fall at Rock Creek Nature Trail, Nevada City Tree Tour, Discovering Round Mountain, Cascade Canal Saunter, Exploring Cement Hill, Exploring Spenceville, and a Saunter to Table Mountain to see the wildflowers.
“We go to beautiful places, immerse ourselves in the natural world, learn and discover, make new friends, and reap the health benefits of walking in the woods,” said Petersen.
Throughout the year, a percentage of proceeds are donated back to environmental and social justice organizations. Hiking For Good has donated to Camp Fire victims and the California Native Plant Society.
In 2019, Hiking For Good and archaeologist and trail author Hank Meals started an ongoing series called Yuba Trails and Tales, exploring cultural landscapes in the Yuba, Bear and American river watersheds. These walks are typically six or more miles and are designed for experienced hikers who want to learn about the history of the place they live.
Another monthly series called “Saunters” provide a true nature experience for people who like to travel less distance and go at a slower pace. Certified California Naturalist Steve Roddy leads these popular outings perfect for folks who want to get on the trail but may feel intimidated going alone.
This summer look for backpacking trips, gear swaps, a Bad Ass Babe club for women who like to hike more than 10 miles, educational and inspirational workshops, and more.
This story was originally published in the 2019 edition of Adventure Nevada County magazine, a special publication distributed this week by The Union. Stop by The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, to pick up a copy or visit TheUnion.com for more stories from the magazine and outdoors adventures in Nevada County.
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