WSFF Self-Guided Excursions

During the festival, there are many events other than just films.  Keep the “Wild” in Wild & Scenic by taking time to appreciate the nature around you. We are pleased to offer these self-guided excursions from our local community.  While these hikes are for Nevada County, CA we encourage you to go get outside and explore wherever you may be!

Heading toward Sierra City on Highway 49, you will cross the stunning, emerald south fork of the Yuba, a state-designated Wild & Scenic river canyon.  Continuing on to cross the middle fork at Oregon Creek Day-Use Area.  As you slowly climb in elevation, Highway 49 catches up to the north fork of the Yuba River, where you’ll find plenty of small parks and pull-offs along the way with breathtaking views of the river canyon where you can be sure to stay socially distant. 

Photo by Allison Denton @outnaboutallie

Just a short one-mile walk from downtown Nevada City, Hirschman Trail is an easy-to-moderate forested adventure found in the Deer Creek Watershed. Now teeming with wildlife, the trail’s showpiece is Hirschman Pond, which was created by hydraulic mining during the Gold Rush.

While most people spend their hikes facing forward, look down for a change and discover the world of amphibians. Explore the Yuba Watershed from the eyes of frogs and salamanders on easy trails near Nevada City. This self-guided excursion is supplemented by materials from avid herper Shannon Hedge to teach you about the wonders of these animals at your feet.

Sierra Nevada Ensatina by Michael-Ruff @ruff_herper

The Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a great opportunity for community education and outreach. The Nisenan Cultural Reclamation Corridor along Deer Creek will connect two points of the Tribute Trail. Wolf Creek in Grass Valley also offers educational opportunities through interpretive signage. Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Spokesperson Shelly Covert discusses the visibility the trails have brought to the Tribe as well as the critical importance of connecting people with nature in this audio guide.

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