New Deer Creek Trail now open (download trail map)

From the Chamber newsletter:

What better way to explore Deer Creek’s rich history and scenic beauty than to follow the Deer Creek Tribute Trail? This multi-use trail is a cultural and ecological path through Nevada City, California. The trail begins in historic downtown Nevada City and moves along scenic backroads and trails.

The Tribute Trail is available for picnics, bicycling, hiking, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. Walk a portion of the trail and then enjoy downtown Nevada City, or challenge yourself to complete the full 8.6 mile trail!

You can download a trail brochure here:Deer_Creek_Tribute_Trail_Brochure

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “New Deer Creek Trail now open (download trail map)”

  1. Nice brochure; BUT! Graphic designers should leave the map making to people who know some cartography rules.
    They could have easily put some hillshading in to give a terrain perspecitive, and even though North is facing down, turn the letters on the North Arrow facing up, and display roads and streams in completely different colors. State highways should be a different shade of color than the local streets.
    Other than that its a nice brochure.
    Steve Willer
    Premeir Mapping

  2. What a great addition to our community! The family and I hiked down to the new creek access over the weekend and were very impressed with all the hard work that’s been done to create a top-notch trail resource. A hearty thank you to the Sierra Fund and all the folks who pitched in to make this a reality.

    The only suggestion I’d make to folks walking the portion through town is to opt for the Miner’s Trail under the highway bridge as you come off Deadman’s Trail by the brewery instead of going up Commercial….gives you a little more time with the creek.

  3. I was under the impression that the trail was going to loop back to Jordan Street (or maybe it was Providence Mine Rd.). Was there a change of plan on the trail or am I mistaken.

    1. Dave,

      That’s Phase II. I believe there are still some right-of-way details being worked out for that section.

      Michael A.

  4. My children and I spent a week in your lovely town. Since the cabin we rented was on Old Downieville Hwy thought I’d take a little hike. Saw a sign that led me to a trail. Deer Creek Tribute trail. 2 women that were coming up tp Champion Rd. said they had started from town. Off I venture. Guess it was just a tribute as there was very little of deer creek to be had. Very few signs to keep me curious. Honestly, it was such a long boring hike… along a trail…along a canal. Not a creek that I had anticipated. I can only assume that the swimming, fishing, and picnic areas were down the .4 Mi off the main trail. Since there was no other available areas.
    Finally got to a sign that showed me I was about 1/2 way. Decide to forge ahead. Little did I know that the trail ENDS. I mean just ENDS. No warning. No markings to say this trail is a dead end..turn around and go back! When the girls said they came from the city, thought they came from the city around a loop. I wandered around a neighborhood until Stewart came out to help me find my way back. Yep! Trail just stops before a private property. Nice to find that out when it’s 95 degrees out. Please put some signs up that tells you just what the trail does. Don’t let people think that they can stop and swim along the way. Or have a little picnic. OR even see Deer Creek.
    I was never so relieved when I got home to the cabin and collasped. Either from the boredom of the trail, or the heat…I don’t know. GET SOME SIGNS!

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