Fall Sauntering

Sauntering For Good – A November Outdoor Series

Guided By: Hiking For Good Category: Health and Wellness, Nature and Outdoors Outlandishness: Location: Nevada City Approximate Time: 2 - 6 Hours Per Person: $25

Experience Description

“I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.” – John Muir

Enjoy an Autumn Series that leaves no one behind. You’ll 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 enjoy the act of taking it slow and “sauntering” in the outdoors. Held five Fridays in November, these relaxing two miles or 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.

Saunters are $25 each or purchase all five for $100 at checkout.

Nov. 2, 10 am to noon
Fall into Fall at Rock Creek Nature Trail
Join us for this fun two-hour nature exploration and saunter in the woods. We’ll identify plants and trees, fungi, lichen and more. This is a beautiful fall walk just right for folks who like to take it slow and immerse themselves in the natural world.

Nov. 9, 10 am to noon
Nevada City Tree Tour
Join us for a tour of Nevada City’s trees. We’ll walk the streets of the historic Gold Rush town as we follow the Nevada City Tree Tour to find and identify as many as 42 native and nursery varieties of trees in full fall color. Stories of the town’s rich history included along with a stop at a favorite coffee shop, so be sure to bring your re-usable mug.

Nov. 16, 10 am to 3 pm  
Escape to Loney Meadows
Join us for this special adventure to Loney Meadows into the heart of Grouse Ridge Roadless Area. Loney Meadows is a beautiful high-elevation meadow situated on the southwest slope of Bowman Mountain at 6,000 feet. This landscape shaped by geology is an important bird area. Cross your fingers that the weather will hold. We’ll schedule another outing if the snows come early.

Nov. 23, 10 am to noon
Discovering Round Mountain
Join us for this walk to the lookout on Round Mountain. As we make our way through a forest of Ponderosa pine, black oak and incense cedar we’ll identify native plants like kitkitdizze, rose and soap root while listening for birds. Bring your journal as we take time to reflect on the season and our place in it. Great photo and picnic potential at the view spot.

Nov. 30, 10 am to 3 pm
Waterfowl Wonderland at Gray Lodge
Join us for a special field trip to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Gray Lodge’s diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway make it a haven for wildlife. Surrounded by miles of rich agricultural lands, the approximately 9,100-acre area is managed for the wildlife that call Gray Lodge home for all or part of the year. Reflective ponds, grassy fields and wooded riparian areas provide food, water and shelter for more than 300 species of resident and migrant birds and mammals.

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Sauntering Guides

Experience Guide

Laura Petersen is an experienced hiking guide and the founder of Hiking for Good. A journalist with a passion for the outdoors, local food & farming, history and the people of this remote corner of Northern California, Laura is happiest when she is outdoors hanging out in the natural world.

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

Nevada City, California, 95959, United States


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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