Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Where to find local weather information?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Because of our location, geography, and variances in elevation, I often find it difficult to get accurate forecasts and information about our local Nevada County weather from the major weather websites and other weather news sources. But, there is a local man who is a weather expert and studies and posts almost daily information (and often several times per day) for a hobby that can benefit us all!

Visit this local Nevada County weather blog for weather predictions, videos, photos, and information about current weather in the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas.

Let it snow!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Most of us in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area woke up today with a light dusting of snow outside our windows. For us, it was just enough for a snow ball fight in our downtown Grass Valley yard with my 2-year old son. But, get ready for more. The National Weather Service says Tuesday night snow levels at 2500 feet, dropping to 1900 feet on Wednesday before rising again. Friday, and possibly going into Saturday, snow levels of 2700 feet.

So, what should we do this week in Nevada County? If you like the snow, pull out your snow shoes and drive for a few minutes East on Highway 20. White Cloud is only 15 minutes or so outside Nevada City, and has a fun snow play area for sledding or snowman building, and miles of trails for snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. Of course, we’re only 45 minutes from Boreal, the closest resort for downhill skiing and snow boarding.

If you’re not so fond of the snow and rain we’re having this week, look for indoor activities.  The Imaginarium is having their preschool play day on Tuesday, February 10th from 9am-12pm for preschool age, and they are having an Open to the Public day on Saturday, February 21st, from noon-5pm. Or, drop by Summer Thymes on Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley any day for a tasty hot drink to stay warm. You could always take in a movie downtown at the classic Del Oro Theater.

Horse Country in the Foothills

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Are you a horse enthusiast? Have you ever ridden on the horse trails in the Gold Country? We have miles and miles of trails in Nevada County from the rolling hills and open space in the horse country of Penn Valley to the Bureau of Land Management trails winding amongst the majestic trees outside Nevada City. Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley has some of the best trails around and it’s right in town! There are also some beautiful ranches in the Chicago Park area east of Grass Valley and out McCourtney Road west of Grass Valley.

Neighboring Placer County emphasizes the endurance rides and runs with the spirited Tevis Cup ride and the UltraMarathon run, one the best of the original trails winding through numerous mining camps and ending near the Auburn Ravine.

If you are a horse lover, but you haven’t been for a ride on our Nevada County trails, it’s time for a visit!

Seasons at Bridgeport

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Yuba River at Bridgeport

Yuba River at Bridgeport

This week we had a nice stroll on the Buttermilk Bend Trail at Bridgeport, part of the South Yuba State Park system. Each season is different at Bridgeport. In a couple of months, the Buttermilk Bend trail will be the most beautiful place to find wildflowers in Nevada County, and the flowers will bloom in waves throughout the Spring. In Summer, there’s nowhere more relaxing to spend a Summer day than at one of the swimming holes along the South Yuba River. For now, Winter at Bridgeport has its own charm. It is quiet with fewer visitors, and all you hear is the sound of the river flowing by and the gentle sound of the wind. The pools in the river are deep emerald green in the Winter light. And if you’re a dog person, you are only allowed to take dogs to Bridgeport October-April, so now is the time. Our dog loves to walk there and take a dip in the water.

So, if you’re looking for a nice place for a Winter hike, hed down to Bridgeport. It’s at a much lower elevation, so you won’t have to worry about snow making the trekking difficult! See more photographs of Bridgeport at

Walking in Empire Mine SHP from Penn Gate

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Now that the heat of summer is abating in California, it’s definitely time to get out on foot and enjoy some of the sights in Nevada County.  Grass Valley is lucky to have some excellent walking trails in the Empire Mine State Historic park, just to the east of the city.

There are 3 main entrances to the park:

  • Visitor center, with ample parking and access to the main exhibits in the park, including the mining museum and Bourne cottage
  • The Union Hill trail area, with parking at the end of Gold Hill Drive
  • Penn Gate, on East Empire St, which has parking for cars and a separate area for horse trailers

From Penn Gate the well maintained gravel Hardrock trail (more…)