Only a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, here is a great new trail system that gets you quickly out into nature with lots of different things to enjoy. The centerpiece is lovely Hirschman’s Pond, named after the Hirschman brothers who were pioneer miners and merchants of the area. The eastern 0.4 mile of trail is constructed to ADA standards, providing barrier-free access to Hirschman’s Pond. Highlighting this section of trail is a 40-foot long trestle that was built to replicate the railroad and flume construction techniques of the late 1800’s. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pines, and grasslands for an additional 2 miles.
Place: Nevada City, CA
Season: Year around
Land: On 85 acres of City of Nevada City open space; trail built and signs placed by Nevada County Land Trust
Trail signs: Well signed with City of Nevada City signs
Length: 2.4 miles one way, depending on route taken
Altitude change: Less than 150′
Trail surface: Native soil
Environment: Most is recovering forest on heavily mined historic diggings. Ponds. One meadow.
Rules: No horses or motorized vehicles. No smoking. Dogs on leash. Please stay on the trails and respect private property. Hikers and mountain bikers watch for each other and pass safely.
Cement Hill Trailhead: Take Highway 49 west toward Downieville past the Nevada County Government Center and turn right on Cement Hill Road. Go 0.1 mile and turn left into the unpaved driveway at 115 Cement Hill Road. There is a small parking area about 30 feet down the driveway on the left – please park perpendicular to the trail. Do not go farther down the residential driveway or disturb residents. The trail begins at Cement Hill Road and wraps around the back of the parking area (N39.26844 W121.02969).
to continue reading or for more info – http://www.bylt.org/trail/hirschman-trail/
Photography by – gold country photography