ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-28
DATE: May 20, 2008
CONTACT: Jill Jensen, (775) 753-0378
National Trails Day Hike Planned
Elko, Nev.—National Trails Day will be celebrated in Elko County on June 7, with a day hike on the Hastings Cutoff of the California National Historic Trail from the South Fork Dam to Bullion Road Bridge. The hike is free and open to the public.
The hike is being hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office, the BLM Elko District California Trail Interpretive Center and the Humboldt Highroads group. It will depart from the South Fork State Park office parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Entrance fees to the state park will be waived for hike participants. Those desiring return transportation from the Bullion Road Bridge to the South Fork Dam should RSVP by June 1 to Jill Jensen at 753-0200.
Hikers should bring sunscreen, a light waterproof coat, lunch and water. The hike will cross the Humboldt River in several places, so people should be prepared to wade through water and bring extra shoes for the crossing. Participants should wear sturdy light hiking boots for the four- to six-mile walk.
The first wagons traveled the Hastings Cutoff in 1846, including those of the famous Donner-Reed party that had to be rescued from the deep snows of the high Sierras. That year, several other wagon and pack train parties were successful in reaching California. Given the difficulties of travel along the South Fork canyon and elsewhere along the Hastings Cutoff, this route was largely abandoned after 1850 in favor of the relatively easier main route of the California Trail along the Humboldt River.
For more information about the hike, contact Jill Jensen at 753-0200.
The Humboldt Highroads group is an organization of local trail enthusiasts who enjoy exploring and sharing the stories of the California Historic Trail with others. For more information about the tours or the Humboldt Highroads group, contact Ralph Gamboa at 738-3856 or Bob Pearce at 738-5680.