Join passionate pedestrian Hank Meals for a Yuba Trails and Tales adventure into the heart of Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area, the first of a monthly series offered by Hiking For Good and Outlandish Experiences.
Spenceville Recreation Area is the largest publicly owned tract of blue oak – gray pine woodland habitat in the North Central Sierra foothills. It contains 11,942 acres, extending 10 miles from north to south and up to 4.5 miles east to west. Straddling the western boundary of Nevada County and the eastern boundary of Yuba County, the wildlife area is bordered on the west by Beale Air Force Base and on the north, south, and east by privately owned ranches and parcels.
Managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spenceville is located within the Dry Creek drainage, which joins the Bear River near Wheatland. There are numerous ponds, creeks, trails and riparian zones. This special place of rolling hills under a big sky offers lots of trails with little climbing.
“We are very fortunate to have access to low elevation blue oak habitat in rolling hills, especially beautiful in late winter and spring. Most of this kind of landscape has been converted into housing tracts,” said Meals.
The recreation area is rich with evidence of human history – Nisenan, early townsites, important transportation corridors and the Beale legacy. Plan on getting away from it all with wild viewsheds that resemble what California used to look like.
Hank Meal’s Yuba Trails & Tales Series, exclusive to Hiking For Good & Outlandish Experiences, will explore different cultural landscapes at different elevations within the Yuba, Bear and American River Watersheds each month in 2019. Other trips to watch for include: Black Swan, Long Point, Blue Lake, Fordyce Creek, Canyon Creek, Lakes Basin, Mt. Lola (the highest peak in Nevada County), Chimney Rock, the Doolittle Trail and Hall’s Ranch.
Hank Meals is known for his extensive and intimate knowledge of his habitat. A prolific writer and author of several books on hiking trails in the Yuba Watershed, Hank shares information, stories and discoveries about the topography, natural history and culture of the Yuba River basin in the Sierra Nevada of California. He is a capable researcher, an experienced photographer, an avid hiker and a treasured trail guide. Read his blog at: yubatreadhead.blogspot.com
WHEN: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Sunday, March 24
LENGTH: 6 – 8 miles
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging (depending on skill level)
Elevation: 300 – 600 feet