#OptOutside with 52 Hike Challenge and Bear Yuba Land Trust on the Independ...

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Two years ago, our friends at REI did something different on Black Friday—they shut their doors and spent the day outside. This year they’re closing their doors again on Black Friday, making it now the 3rd annual #OptOutside and have invited you to join them!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and 52 Hike Challenge for a guided outing on the wheelchair accessible Independence Trail in the South Yuba River canyon on BYLT's Sequoya Preserve. Founded by the late John Olmsted, the Independence Trail transformed a historic gold mining ditch into the nation’s first identified handicapped-accessible wilderness trail. It is now one of the most popular trails in the area, contouring along wooded hillsides, passing live streams, and crossing deep gorges on restored wooden flumes that once transported water for hydraulic mining. Participants can choose from two guided routes — West and East — that extend from one main trailhead.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, Wheelchair Accessible Trail

Length: 2.5 miles West Trail, one way; 2.2 miles East Trail, one way

Everyone participating must sign & turn in our liability waiver - which can be e-signed here:

Dress in layers appropriate for the weather (windbreaker, beanie, rain jacket, gloves, etc. if cold) and wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring plenty of water and a lunch or snacks, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses, if desired. Optional suggestions are binoculars, your favorite field guide, and a camera.

Trailhead: From the north end of Nevada City where Highway 49 turns west toward Downieville, go 6.25 miles on Highway 49 north. A highway sign tells northbound travelers the Independence Trailhead is coming up. There is a parking area along the east side of Highway 49 at the trailhead, and overflow parking just around the next curve down Highway 49. In the main parking area look for BYLT's table where we will meet and grab maps and information before heading out.

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