FOR RELEASE: June 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-74
A TASTE OF THE PAST
A group of Elko citizens had an up close and personal, although brief, experience with what it was like to travel the California Trail in eastern Nevada.
As part of National Trails Day on June 2, 12 people hiked 7.5 miles on the California Trail from Emigrant Pass to Gravelly Ford on the Humboldt River near Beowawe. A second group of people took the auto tour of the trail.
“Even though the walk was all downhill, it was steep terrain, dusty, and very hot,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager David Jamiel. “It was easy to imagine what the 250,000 people felt as they walked or rode in wagons across this piece of landscape. It was also easy to understand why so many of them jumped in the Humboldt River to cool off when they arrived at Gravelly Ford.”
The hike was cosponsored by the Humboldt Highroad group, a local trail preservation advocacy group. According to Steve Dondero, a Humboldt Highroad group member and BLM Elko Associate Field Manager, a hike will be scheduled along some part of the California Trail every year on the first Saturday in June, which is National Trails Day.
The group’s next tour is scheduled Saturday July 21, and will cover the Hastings Cutoff, Secret Pass from the Buster Wines field in Ruby Valley to Overland Pass. This will be an auto tour with limited walking. For information call Ralph Gamboa at 738-3856 or Bob Pearce at 738-5680.