Avery’s Pond Trail
Sunday April 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Who: This trail is a great adventure for children and parents who want a brief yet interesting hike.
What: The hike is 4.1 miles out and back and is rated easy. Should you need a longer day out you can keep going from the ditch gate as far as you would like to go. We’ll go out to Avery pond, then on to the Newcastle powerhouse at Mormon’s Ravine and over to the ditch gate on the other side of the inlet from the powerhouse. There ought to be a nice waterfall flowing this time of year.
Where and When: We’ll meet in front of the Bayside Offices after the 9:45 services at 11:30. This should take us about 2 hours of hiking, plus time for lunch and the roughly 15 minute ride to the trail head.
How: Bring a lunch and at least a liter of water.
How much: There is a parking fee per vehicle at rattlesnake bar.
Register: Registration closes at 6pm on Saturday April 9. Please include your email AND phone number in case we need to cancel due to weather. We will send an email out the morning of the hike by 9AM if we are canceling.
History of Avery's Pond
The historic pond was constructed in the 1880's by Ira Avery, a pioneer rancher with extensive orchards in this area. The coordinates are 38.8302North and 121.0915West, with an approximate elevation of the pond surface at 530 feet, about 20 feet above the high-water shoreline of Folsom Lake. The pond was constructed probably by mule-drawn scrapers with a east berm (above the river), and the west side is excavated into natural alluvium. The historic 1854 North Fork Ditch also traverses along the west side of the American River, and small diversion ditch provided water into Avery's Pond. A number of seasonal floods eroded both the ditch and the pond, which were then repaired by earth-scrapers and buckets of alluvium from the river. There were no bulldozers and dump-trucks 130 years ago! The pond is lined with fine-grained alluvium (silt, clay, and fine sand), but it evidently leaked considerably.
Ira Avery came to the goldfields as a 15-year old boy from Maine. In 1874, he married the daughter of a local rancher, Seney Boles Avery, and they raised three children. Mrs. Avery was an educated pioneer lady and taught public school for 12 years. Ira Avery had a diverse career as a supplier to the gold mines of the Mother Lode (principally lumber and fruit, with some sheep ranching). Avery's ranch consisted of about 117 acres, of which 40 acres had 1,500 fruit trees (pears, persimmons, cherries).
When & Where
Bayside Adventure Sports
If you are looking for adventure, scenery, a place to connect with others who love to be outdoors, or some much needed R&R (rides & relaxation), we would love to show you around the amazing natural treasures of Northern California and beyond! Since 1998 Bayside Adventure Sports has been offering single and multi-day experiences for all ages and all levels. From multi-day dirt bike rides and camping in the Nevada desert to peaceful kayaking in the mountain lakes of the Sierra. From the rugged top of Mt. Shasta to the Indian Sandstone of Moab, Utah. Some trips are for beginners, some are reserved for those who have honed their skills. This year over a thousand men, women, and children will participate in the making of lifetime memories through Bayside Adventure Sports, Inc. Leading them is a team of experienced volunteers who are playing in their passion and serving with sincerity. Their church is Bayside, their playground is God's creation. Join us, because life's supposed to be an adventure!