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Spaulding Trail with Hank Meals

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Join Archaeologist Hank Meals on this Yuba Trails and Tales adventure exploring the Spaulding Trail and learn about the people who have shaped this landscape over time as we hike to the beautiful Fordyce Creek rushing with spring snowmelt.

“The air is clean and the sky is vivid blue with snow on the surrounding peaks,” said Hank after a recent scouting trip of the area.



WHAT: Spaulding Trail with Hank Meals

APPROXIMATE TIME: 6 - 7 hours (includes driving time and lunch break)

LENGTH: 5-6 miles (depending on the enthusiasm and curiosity of the crew)

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging (depends on fitness level), a few “short” climbs

ELEVATION: Mostly on the 5,000 feet contour



It’s the third offering in a year-long monthly series offered by Hiking For Good and Outlandish Experiences exploring cultural landscapes at different elevations within the Yuba, Bear and American River Watersheds.

Located at 5,000 feet, Spaulding Trail weaves through a mixture of conifers, two kinds of manzanita, black oaks, boulders and big granite outcroppings. For indigenous people, this valley, where the South Yuba River and Fordyce Creek merge, was probably one of the last places to gather acorns while heading up country.

Lake Spaulding is a reservoir created by a 275-foot-high dam across the canyon of the South Yuba River. The South Yuba Water Co. completed the first version of the Spaulding Dam in 1892 - a stone dam that flooded a broad and flat glacial valley at the confluence of the South Fork of the Yuba and the North Branch of the South Yuba (Fordyce Creek).

“Water is the leading commodity of the Sierra Nevada--exceeding timber sales, agriculture, grazing, mining and tourism. In northern California, up to 75 percent of the state’s precipitation falls on the northern half while 80 percent of the water is used downstream for agricultural, and urban demand in the central and southern part of the state. A major loss associated with these benefits has been the deterioration of biotic integrity in aquatic and riparian habitats along the natural stream courses. The South Fork of the Yuba, below Spaulding, is of particular concern,” said Hank.

Along the hike, we’ll learn how the demands of the Gold Rush, agriculture and domestic water supplies, timber, and hydroelectricity forever shaped this landscape. The 39-mile stretch of the South Fork of the Yuba below Spaulding Dam to its confluence with the main trunk of the Yuba River, at Point Defiance, is a California Wild and Scenic River.

Hank Meals shares a lifetime of knowledge about the diverse people who lived and worked in this watershed throughout time. Don’t miss this opportunity to hike with a living legend and learn about your watershed!

EXPERIENCE GUIDES

Hank Meals is known for his extensive and intimate knowledge of his habitat. A prolific writer and author of several books on hiking trails in the Yuba Watershed, Hank shares information, stories and discoveries about the topography, natural history and culture of the Yuba River basin in the Sierra Nevada. Read Hank’s blog at: yubatreadhead.blogspot.com

Laura (Hiking for Good) is an experienced hiking guide (wilderness first aid certified) and outdoor writer with a passion for the people and places of Northern California. Check out Hiking For Good at hiking4good.com

RESTRICTIONS AND CANCELLATIONS

Extreme weather or other unforeseen emergencies 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.

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IMPORTANT: The map provided on this page is not the exact meeting location and should be used for approximate event locale. Detailed meeting place and logistics will be emailed to participants after registration is completed.

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