Nevada County adopts BYLT’s Hirschman Pond Trail – YubaNet

Nevada County recently entered into an “Adopt-a-Trail” agreement to support the eastern part of the beloved region Hirschman Pond Trail in Nevada City. Hirshman Trail is minutes from the Eric Rood Center and is a source of enjoyment for County staff almost every day. Employees frequently use the trail for walks and lunch breaks to relax and unwind outside. County staff now have the option to give back to the trail.

Over the next two years, county staff will volunteer for stewardship, maintenance, and non-work-related bi-monthly inspections for the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT). Through the BYLT program, staff volunteers will walk the trail one-on-one to check for litter, vandalism, safety issues and general maintenance. Teams from county departments will tackle larger projects such as erosion control, construction of a retaining wall, spreading of gravel to maintain the trail surface, brush maintenance and the preservation of the path of the path.

Nevada County will adopt the first mile of the trail in the eastern part, from the tail of the parking lot to the Woods Ravine section, as the volunteers have already adopted the other parts of the trail. Learn more about BYLT’s Adopt-A-Trail program at

About the Hirschman Pond Trail

Just a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this trail system, partially built by the Land Trust, quickly immerses you in nature with many different activities. The centerpiece is the Hirschman Pond. In 2021, Hirschman’s Pond was designated a Nevada County Historic Landmark in honor of pioneer miner Leb Hirschman and the Jewish community who settled there during the Gold Rush.

The 0.4 mile trail is built to ADA standards, providing barrier-free access to Hirschman’s Pond. Highlighting this section of the trail, a 40-foot-long easel was built to replicate the railway and canal building techniques of the late 1800s.

West of the pond, the trail narrows and winds through oak forests, pines and meadows for an additional 3 km. Hirschman Pond is made up of five acres of water from natural springs at the foot of high cliffs carved by hydraulic exploitation of the area in the 1800s. Now people visit to enjoy the tranquil scenery, fishing along the river. shore and observe wildlife including ducks, geese and herons on the pond. There is a nice bench on the south side of the pond to take in the view.

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