Exercise is good, and hiking is a great way to exercise… However, during the rainy season hiking on trails can cause damage to the environment. With the increase in precipitation from December storms in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a number of local trails are taking a beating.
Bear Yuba Land Trust Trail Coordinator Shaun Clarke asks the community to be responsible trail users. Clarke says he is witnessing the damage first hand.*
Clarke says bikes and horses can cause the most damage, but foot traffic is also destructive when the ground is wet.
Clarke says during wet days it might be better to use alternative trails like the Litton Trail or paved pathways.
Clarke also hinted that it might just be nice to stay home with a bowl of warm soup.
Learn more about Bear Yuba Land Trust and hiking in Nevada County at www.bylt.org.