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December Saunters – Historic Ditches And Canals Of Nevada County

Guided By: Hiking For Good Category: Health and Wellness, Nature and Outdoors Outlandishness: Location: Nevada City Approximate Time: 2 Hours Per Person: $25 for one, or $50 for the 3-part series

Experience Description

Ready for a Holiday Hiking Series that leaves no one behind? Join Laura Petersen of Hiking For Good and California Naturalist Steve Roddy for some of the best trails of the season on these outings designed for folks who, like John Muir, enjoy the act of taking it slow and “sauntering” in the outdoors. Held three Saturdays in December, these shorter outings are meant to immerse you in nature to practice awareness and observation skills. Field guides, journals, cameras and binoculars are welcome and encouraged.

Historic Gold Rush-era water ditches and canals unique to Nevada County provide mostly-level earthen paths that make for pleasant forested walking trails, perfect for sauntering. You don’t want to miss this December Sauntering Series exploring local landscapes, now held on Saturdays for working folk.

Wanders on Banner Mountain
WHAT: Cascade Canal Saunter – Day 1
WHEN: 10 am to noon, Saturday, Dec. 15
LENGTH: 3 miles, out and back
DIFFICULTY: easy to moderate
COST: $25 for one, or $50 for the 3-part series

Join us as we explore the Cascade Canal Trail, over the course of two consecutive weekends. This popular trail offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal through a forest of Douglas fir and dogwood. Pileated woodpeckers are common visitors to these woods. At 3,200 feet elevation, the trail offers some local views of the town of Nevada City and surrounding landscapes. We’ll explore the trail in two segments.

For our first venture, we’ll meet at the Gracie Road Trailhead, taking a short switchback up to the main trail that follows the Cascade Canal. The land is a mix of ownership – private, Nevada Irrigation District and Bureau of Land Management – with segments of trail maintenance provided by the dynamo trail team at Bear Yuba Land Trust and wonderful community volunteers. Depending on the group, the steeper Orene Wetherall Loop Trail into the heart of Woodpecker Preserve (350-foot elevation change) could be an added segment. As always, we’ll explore the flora, fauna, and history of the area. Photo opportunities abound.

WHAT: Cascade Canal Saunter Day 2
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 22
LENGTH: 3 miles, out and back
DIFFICULTY: easy to moderate
COST: $25 for one, or $50 for the 3-part series

Join us as we explore the Cascade Canal Trail, over the course of two consecutive weekends. This popular trail offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal through a forest of Douglas fir and dogwood. Pileated woodpeckers are common visitors. At 3200 feet elevation, the trail offers some local views of the town of Nevada City and surrounding landscapes. We’ll explore the trail in two segments.

For our second day exploring the Cascade Canal Trail, we’ll take the lesser known route, starting at Red Dog Road. Lucky for us, this eastern section of the trail gets less use and feels more remote. Come explore the dark wood with us as we take time for connecting to the natural world, ourselves and each other. As usual, we’ll share stories, knowledge of flora and fauna and take plenty of time to slow down and notice our surroundings. Photo opportunities abound.

WHAT: Exploring Cement Hill
DIFFICULTY – Easy-Moderate
LENGTH: 2 – 3 miles
DIFFICULTY: easy to moderate
COST: $25 for one, or $50 for the 3-part series

Did you know old water canal systems still working today can be found climbing Cement Hill? The little-known canal system popular with mountain bicyclists offers quiet, level walks through the woods with interesting views of Nevada City and toward the Yuba River Canyon. As we walk along the stream-like canal, we’ll share local lore and history, identify plants and birds and take time to slow down and connect to nature and ourselves. Photo opportunities abound.

Sauntering Folks
Sauntering Guides

Experience Guide

Laura Petersen is an experienced hiking guide and the founder of Hiking for Good. A writer with a passion for the outdoors, Laura is happiest when she is on the trail. She completed the Tahoe Rim Trail in the summer of 2018 and is certified in wilderness first aid. Steve Roddy is a Certified California Naturalist and experienced hiking guide for the Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes and Bear Yuba Land Trust. Steve prefers sauntering over hiking and is known for his quick wit and knack for storytelling.


Where To Meet

Address:
Nevada City, California, 95959, United States

Directions:

Meeting location, driving directions, and daily itinerary will be provided via email within 48 hours of each saunter.

Transportation is the responsibility of guests.

Driving time varies for each saunter. The approximate time for one-way travel from downtown Nevada City for each saunter is between zero to 60 minutes.



Safety, Restrictions, and Cancellations

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 in layers appropriately for the weather in comfortable stretchy or loose-fitting clothing that allows for ease of movement and protects you from the elements. Sturdy walking shoes with decent tread are essential.

Difficulty: These are easy to moderate (depending on experience and ability) 1-2 mile walks with some 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. No refunds or exchanges. 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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