If you’ve been to look at the wildflowers at Bridgeport, but would like a slightly more challenging hike, check out the Point Defiance Loop Trail, which starts at the historic covered bridge and heads downstream. Not as well known as the Buttermilk Bend Trail, and a little harder trail to walk, this three mile loop goes along the South Yuba River downstream until you reach Lake Englebright. The hike then winds up to the top of a grassy wooded knoll, which is spectacular and offers a large selection of wildflowers. Bring a picnic and eat lunch at the picnic tables. The trail winds down until you reach the parking area for South Yuba State Park.
© 2013 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Evans Phelps
The wildflowers are starting to bloom along the Buttermilk Bend trail by Bridgeport, South Yuba River. The docent led walks start today, Saturday, March 16th at 11am and continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 19th. The 2 mile walk along the South Yuba River is a great way to experience the beauty and magic of the river. Bring your camera and look for a variety of California wildflowers including Golden Poppies, Purple Lupine, White Daisy’s, Western Buttercup, Larkspur and Shooting Stars. The Western Redbud are in full color right now, while the poppies are out, but not quite covering the hillside. The docent led hikes are $3, and please remember there’s now a $5 parking fee at Bridgeport. Spring has definitely arrived in Nevada City!
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Sarah Coleman and Tahiti Pehrson‘s art show “I Heart NC” opens tonight at Kitkitdizzi. The artists are sharing a few additional images from their iconic Nevada City gallery on the Outside Inn’s blog, thanks guys. The Outside Inn hearts NC too, for our “Ultimate Nevada City” giveaway click here. And don’t forget Victorian Christmas, Wednesday 12/19 from 5-9pm and Sunday, 12/23 from 1:30-6pm.
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While the temperatures may be dropping a bit, now is still a fabulous time to head to the South Yuba River. Head down to Bridgeport and walk along the Buttermilk Bend trail, check out the covered bridge or bring a book and sit on a rock and soak up the sun. If you’re ambitious jump on your bike and ride down to the State Park, regardless of your activity, you’ll be happy you made the trip.
© 2012 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Dan Thiem and Glenn Symon
The wildflowers are in season at Bridgeport on the South Yuba River. Pack a picnic and head to Buttermilk Bend Trail, the level trail follows the river for 1.2 miles and is perfect for all ages and abilities. Guided walks every Saturday and Sunday at 11am through mid May. If you’re feeling ambitious ride your bike to Bridgeport.
© 2012 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Evans Phelps
What do you do when there’s no snow? Get on your bike! Put on your Outside Inn jersey and hit the fabulous Nevada County roads. Dieter and the ladies rode did the Bridgeport Loop. Stop by the Outside Inn for a map, because one of these days winter will actually start.
Summer in Nevada City is all about swimming in the South Yuba river. There are a number of different places to take a dip, some as close as 10 minutes from downtown Nevada City. Many thanks to Outside Inn repeat guest Paul de Benedictis for sharing some of his summer swimming hole photos. If you want to see more great photos, click here to see last week’s post.
49 Crossing, South Yuba River
Buttermilk Bend trail at Bridgeport on the South Yuba River is covered with wildflowers and worth a visit. Docent led wildflower walks are held every weekend at 11am between now and early May. The walk is suitable for all ages.
Nevada City is known for it’s cycling, whether it’s the annual Tour of Nevada City bike race, the Amgen Tour of California (which started in Nevada City last year) or one of its many local rides. Evans Phelps and Wanda Shiotsuka took the 30 mile loop with more then 3000 feet of elevation climbing. Evans summed it up well when she said it was, “a wonderful activity for a February day.” She also gave a note of caution that this is not the ride for beginners, but a great “slow and steady climb” for those looking for a challenge with lots of “green hills and cows in the fields.” This route is very popular with local riders, so next time you’re in Nevada City stop by the Outside Inn for a map.