2020-2021_Nevada County Gold


An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.


Truckee Donner Land Trust 2020

Hiking Series

Free docent led hikes/mountain bike rides for every skill level at

land trust properties. Safety of hikes in reference to Covid-19 will

be evaluated on a month-by-month basis, so please check the

website for cancellations.

Donner Lake Rim Trail: August 1, September 8, October

10. Easy hike with amazing views.

Lower Carpenter Valley: August 2, August 16, August 29,

September 6, September 16, September 24. 5 mile, moderate

docent-led hikes in this hotspot of biodiversity.

Waddle Ranch: August 9, September 5, October 3. Once

home to indigenous people, enjoy this approximately six

mile, moderate round-trip through Waddle Ranch Preserve

near Truckee.

Johnson Canyon: August 15. Approximately 3 mile round

trip moderately easy hike through Johnson Canyon with

wildlife and wildflower viewing for hikers, runners, and

mountain bikers.

Donner Summit Canyon: August 22, September 27.

October 4. Lots of history on this moderately strenuous 6

mile round trip hike with Native American petroglyphs, the

China Wall, and the world’s first automobile underpass


Frog Lake Cliffs: August 23, September 20. A moderate to

difficult out and back 6 mile hike along the Warren Lake Trail

with views of the sheer cliffs above Frog Lake.

Royal Gorge Rim Trail–Rowton: August 26, September 19.

A moderately strenuous 4 mile hike to Rowton arches, passing

wildflower and bird areas.

Royal Gorge Rim Trail–Point Mariah: August 30,

September 22. 6.5 mile moderately strenuous hike with

spectacular views of Devil’s Peak, Snow Mountain, Royal

Gorge of the North Fork American River.

Royal Gorge Rim Trail Mountain Bike Ride: August 30,

September 35. A docent led 8 mile ride to Rowton Arches

along a single track trail.

Mount Lola and Coldstream Meadow: September 1. A

strenuous 11 mile round trip hike, with panoramic views of

the Sierra Crest and Independence Lake.

Floriston to Hirschdale: September 26. A fairly level 7 mile

round trip hike, part of the planned Tahoe Pyramid trail

which will eventually connect Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake.

Elizabethtown Meadow: October 11. 5 mile easy round

trip stroll along the Middle Fork of Martis Creek with many

species of wildflowers and birds and panoramic views of the

Pacific Crest.


Take a Shot

Photo Walks led by Kial James

of Nevada City Scenics and

Erin Thiem of Outside Inn/Inn

Town Campground are a wonderful

opportunity to meet

other like-minded photographers

and see some

sights. All levels welcome!

Free (some exceptions apply.)

Locations and times will vary.

Check website for Covid-19

cancellations or postponements.

Nevada City Fall Colors:

Saturday, October 10th, 9 am.

Fall colors in downtown Nevada

City, meet at the public parking

area at the bottom of Nevada Street

across the street from the Deer Creek Inn.

Holiday Lights Photo Walk: Saturday, December 5th,

4 pm. Holiday light photo walk, meet at the Outside Inn,

please park in downtown Nevada City and walk to the

motel to meet.

More information: nevadacityscenics.com

Virtual Landmarks Reality

If leaving the house is not an option, try taking a virtual tour of

Nevada County’s historical landmarks! On April 29, 1969, the

Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission was

created. The culmination of years of dedicated effort by this

group resulted in identification of 65 Historical Landmarks and

the creation of a website with an interactive map of all of them.

Clink a link half way down the homepage to locate each historical

landmark site with an image, description, and other intriguing

information. If Covid-19 keeps you sequestered, head out on

a virtual historical tour or use the map as a guided driving tour.


Wild for Flowers

Every Saturday and Sunday, early March through May, docents

lead easy 2 mile hikes along the picturesque Buttermilk Bend

Trail winding above the Yuba River. No reservations, just show up

at the North Parking Lot. Small donation requested. Check website

for Covid-19 cancellations or postponements.


For the Birds

Once a month year round (except August), resident bird experts

lead an easy 2 hour bird walk at South Yuba River State Park.

Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet at the north parking

lot. (free: donations welcomed) No reservations necessary but

check website for Covid-19 cancellations.



Event and venue information may be out of date due to COVID-19 related cancellations or

postponements. For most up-to-date information check websites or call for verification.


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