Bear Yuba Land Trust recently announced the opening of the Rambler Trail at the Clover Valley Preserve near Alta Sierra in southern Nevada County.
The trail offers a pleasant 0.8 mile there-and-back-again walk along gentle switchbacks through scattered Ponderosa pines and red buds.
The Rambler Trail is located on a lot that was an illegal dumpsite for years. Volunteers pulled old mattresses, tires and other refuse from the site that is now a nature preserve before building the trail. Time is reclaiming an abandoned 1964 American Motors “Rambler,” the namesake of the trail. The Bach family donated the land to BYLT in December 2014 to protect it from development.
“This trail was made possible by donations of land, time, labor and money from many people,” BYLT Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt said.
How to get to there: From Highway 49, take McKnight exit in Grass Valley and turn onto Dog Bar Road. Travel on Dog Bar Road for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Carrie Drive, travel for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Gary Way for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Brewer for 1.5 miles. Just past the elementary school on the right, look for Clover Valley Road on the left. Go 0.1 miles to the crest of the hill and the trail head is on your right. Park in the dirt shoulder of Clover Valley Road next to the Preserve sign.
The Rambler Trail, located near Alta Sierra Elementary School, takes hikers through the Clover Valley Preserve. “This preserve has such a diversity of native plants. The trail really showcases it,” said Erin Tarr, the BYLT Stewardship Program manager.