New rustic thoroughfares have been added along Wolf Creek through the combined efforts of the city of Grass Valley, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Wolf Creek Community Alliance and the Nevada City Rancheria.
Locals and visitors alike can participate this month in the land trust’s inaugural NatureFest, a free event dedicated to engaging families in the outdoors.
The Daspah Seyo Trail, named in honor of the Nisenan people, offers the option to get closer to the water along Wolf Creek.
Land trust Trails Coordiantor Bill Haire said the paved Wolf Creek Trail, which begins near the wastewater treatment plant, was just opened before the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring.
“It was just beautiful timing because since that it’s been a place for people to get outdoors and walk and exercise and feel safe and all that,” Haire said.
Haire said the paved project improves everyone’s access to nature, including those who use wheels out of choice or necessity.
“That option is excellent for anyone with any disabilities or those pushing a stroller,” Haire said. “This gives people the option of leaving paved trails for dirt trails.”
Haire said because the paved trail is somewhat distant from the creek itself, the land trust approached the city of Grass Valley to ask if it could build a more primitive trail — narrower, rougher — closer to the water’s edge.
“We know how humans behave,” Haire explained. “They’re going to go down to the water and rather than have them make their own trails,
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