‘Hike Like a Girl’ weekend set for May 4-5 in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

‘Hike Like a Girl’ weekend set for May 4-5 in Nevada County

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“The event isn’t about how fancy your gear is or how many miles you can hike. It’s about trying something new - something that seems outside your limits – and building a supportive and healthy community around that,” says Jesse Locks, Folk Trails Hiking Club Founder.
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KNOW & GO

WHO: Hike Like A Girl Weekend 2019

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5,; Events include - Folk Trails Hike on Deer Creek Tribute Trail, May 4, 8:30-11 a.m.; and Ice Cream Social at The Friendship Club, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley, May 4, 3-5 p.m.

TICKETS: Free

INFO: www.folktrails.org

Bear Yuba Land Trust, The Friendship Club and Folk Trails Hiking Club have once again teamed up to celebrate the national event Hike Like A Girl Weekend, May 4-5, to encourage females of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day.

The event offers the community a safe, supportive and fun-filled day where hikers can either join Folk Trails Hiking Club for a hike on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, get their friends together for their own hike or head out on a solo ramble on a local trail. It doesn’t matter, everyone is encouraged to participate!

“The benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature are immense, especially for young women and girls who experience a boost in confidence and leadership skills,” explains Erika Seward, Bear Yuba Land Trust Co-Executive Director.

In addition to being empowering, hiking outdoors has plenty of other perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It’s also extremely good for the overall health of both adults and children, by helping to improve muscular fitness, better bone health, stress reduction, balance, and weight management, among other things.

Founded by Teresa Baker of African American National Parks Event, “Hike Like A Girl” also aims to unite participants by sharing their experiences on social media using the hashtag #HikeLikeAGirl2019 or #HikeLAG2019. When you use the hashtag on your photos you will also be entered into a giveaway for cool gear from national sponsors, such as Marmot, Vasque, She Explores, American Hiking Society and Granite Gear.

“The event isn’t about how fancy your gear is or how many miles you can hike. It’s about trying something new — something that seems outside your limits — and building a supportive and healthy community around that,” says Jesse Locks, Folk Trails Hiking Club Founder.

Group Hike or Come to the Party

On Saturday, May 4, from 8:30-11 a.m., Folk Trails Hiking Club will lead a hike along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in downtown Nevada City. Please meet in front of KVMR at Bridge and Spring streets. Hikers can park downtown in metered parking or in the four-hour public lots. Hikers will follow the trail downstream to the new suspension bridge across the creek and then through the quiet neighborhood of Piety Hill and back to downtown.

Attendees should bring good walking shoes, water, snacks if needed, sun protection and extra layers. The hike is approximately 2-4 miles, easy to moderate, and meant for hikers of all levels.

Later that afternoon organizers will be hosting an Ice Cream Social for participants to meet, talk about their hikes, plan new hikes, socialize and have fun, at 3 p.m. at The Friendship Club, 200 Litton Drive, near BriarPatch.

Forge Your Own Path

For those who would rather gather their own group together and take to the trail, below are some suggested local hikes on Bear Yuba Land Trust trails to try:

Cascade Canal & Orene Wetherall Loop, off of Banner Mountain in Nevada City

https://www.bylt.org/trail/orene-wetherall-trail/

Independence Trail, off Highway 49, just outside of Nevada City

https://www.bylt.org/trail/independence-trail-west/

Yuba Rim Trail, off of Marysville Road, past Bullards Bar Dam, Dobbins

https://www.bylt.org/trail/yuba-rim-trail/

Black Swan Trail, located off of Mooney Flat road in Smartsville

https://www.bylt.org/trail/black-swan-trail/

Or find a trail near you using the BYLT Trails Portal https://www.bylt.org/trails/

About the organizers

Bear Yuba Land Trust is an accredited land trust based in Grass Valley, with a mission to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River watersheds and to enrich the deep community connection with nature, in perpetuity. Since 1990, BYLT has been a conservation leader in our region, saving more than 15,000 acres of Sierra Nevada and foothill forests, oak woodlands, meadows, riparian habitat, farms and ranches. This includes over 4,000 acres of critical open space protected for currently threatened, endangered or otherwise listed as species of special concern, and over 4,000 acres of headwaters lands. The land trust has also built and maintains over 30 miles of trails in order to provide access to nature. Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-based land trust that enjoys the generous support of our members to achieve these collective efforts. More info at http://www.bylt.org

Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at developing the whole girl. Not just the academic, social, responsible or creative part of the girl, but all of those. They serve between 75-100 girls in 6th-12th grades annually. It is a long-term prevention program designed to meet the needs of growing teenage girls, and their comprehensive approach is not only unparalleled in Nevada County, it is unique enough to be considered a model for rural communities across the country. More info at http://www.thefriendshipclub.org


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