Western Pond Turtle

Hirschman Pond & Beyond

Guided By: Laura Petersen Category: Nature and Outdoors Outlandishness: Location: Nevada City Approximate Time: 2 Hours Per Person: $25

Experience Description

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Length: 2 – 5 miles, depending on group fitness and desire

What’s included: Scenic photo ops, healthy outdoor exercise, interpretation, plant and animal identification, Gold Rush history

Are you a nature nerd? You’ll love this easy to moderate morning adventure exploring the Hirschman Pond and Trail, just a short walk from downtown Nevada City. The site of a Gold Rush-era hydraulic mine, the property owned by the City of Nevada City is an example of nature’s ability to heal and reclaim itself. We’ll identify native and invasive species along the trail, look for signs of wildlife known to frequent this urban open space and check out the waterfowl and other inhabitants (Western Pond Turtle, otters and more) at the pond. Mine relics like water cannons and old pipe can still be found dotting this trail built by volunteers and Bear Yuba Land Trust. Be sure to download the iNaturalist app or bring a journal, camera or your favorite pair of binoculars for this engaging nature observation outing that is fun for the whole family.

Hirschman Pond
Laura Petersen

Experience Guide

Laura Petersen is the creator of the local hiking group, Hiking for Good and has a long background supporting environmental causes. As a community advocate she has taught California Naturalist classes and led numerous nature hikes for nonprofit organizations. As a professional journalist and media professional for nearly two decades, Laura has written extensively about the environment, land conservation and outdoor recreation in Northern California. She feels most at home in the woods and is happy to share her passion for the natural world with Outlandish Experiences.

Where To Meet

325 Spring St,, Nevada City, California, 95959, United States


Your guide will lead you on the hike from the meeting location.

Safety, Restrictions, and Cancellations

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of Experience. Experience guide subject to change.<

Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sun protection (hat, sunblock and/ or lightweight long sleeve shirt), bug spray (optional). Please bring anything else you might need to have a safe, fun, comfortable experience.

*Tip - Pre-hydrating before hiking is a good idea and gives your body a “head-start” on fluids you’ll lose.

Wear: Dress appropriately for the weather in comfortable stretchy or loose-fitting clothing that allows for ease of movement. Sturdy walking shoes with decent tread are essential.

Difficulty: This is a moderate 3 + mile hike with some climbing on uneven terrain and earthen paths.

Guides may cancel the hike if the minimum number of signups (2 people) is not reached within 24 hours of the scheduled event. Extreme weather or other unforeseen emergencies also may cancel this event.

This experience welcomes people of all ages, however, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

All sales are final. Experiences purchased may be transferable with at least 48 hours’ notice. In the event your guide cancels, be sure to email us and, upon approval, a full refund will be issued within one week. See our Terms of Service for more information.


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