January 1 -December 31, 2013

Sanction Number PA13/Y0731

Sponsored by:

The Placer Pacers, AVA 686/CA 46


START/FINISH:        Flour Garden Bakery,  109 Neal St,  Grass Valley, CA 95945.

EVENT TIMES:         Walk may be done during daylight hours only..

Mon Sat, 5A-7P; Sun, 6A-6P. Closed NYD, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas. The route will go through both business & residential areas on sidewalks or paved roads. Here is your chance to visit a beautiful, historic town in the lovely Sierra Nevada foothills! It is said that Grass Valley was named by settlers whose cattle had wandered from their campsite on Greenhorn Creek to a “grassy valley” nearby where grazing was better. In the Fall of 1849, two small groups of immigrants decided to linger in the grassy valley and they stayed to become the first settlers. This walk will take you through their early mining-era downtown and on out to the residential and countryside areas of this lovely mining and lumber-based community. In the 1860’s and 70’s, gold mines such as the North Star, WYOD, Pennsylvania, Empire and Grass Valley mines became known far and wide and drew miners from Ireland and Cornwall. These successful, high-production enterprises transformed the area into a “boom town,” and later economic events led to a “bust.” Lumber, farming and tourism kept this thriving town on the map, and today it is a highly sought-after, desirable retirement area. Your walk will also provide you with opportunities to stop and admire the many churches along the way, including The Emanuel Episcopal Church that dates back to the 1850’s, during the “hey day” of this prosperous and well-preserved Victorian-era community. Grass Valley is currently home to over 18,000 folks, who enjoy living the quiet, serene life, with horse property, farms and ranches nearby. After your enjoyable walk past churches, historical sites and lovely restored homes throughout the area and in the countryside, you will find many local restaurants to satisfy your dining pleasures. We also recommend you consider touring local sites such as the historic Holbrooke Hotel on Mill St., or the Empire State Mine on Empire Street. Another tour to consider while in the area is a quick drive to the equally lovely historic mining town of Nevada City, just 3 miles up Highways 49/20.

Procedure: Look for plastic file box marked "Placer Pacers".  Fill out a start card and sign the log. Take a map and have a great walk. When you return, stamp your books. Place start card and money in the start card envelope and place in locked box. If you ordered an award, please be sure your name and address are legible on the start card. Awards will be mailed. PLEASE DO NOT INTERRUPT STAFF IF THEY ARE WAITING ON CUSTOMERS OR ASK THEM VOLKSSPORT QUESTIONS.

WATER/RESTROOMS: Available at the start and at Safeway.

DISTANCE:                10 Km (6.2 miles)

TRAIL RATING/DESCRIPTION:  Rated 2A, the route is over surfaced roads, and sidewalks.  The route goes through both business and residential areas.  Because of high curbs, most of the route will be difficult for baby strollers, and do not recommend for wheelchairs. Dogs must be on leash, with cleanup

AWARD:         A 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch full-colored magnet depicting Abundant Life church pictured above.

FEES:             magnet & IVV Credit                      $4.00

                        Credit Only                              $3.00

                        Walk only                                Free

Please have exact change or a check. Checks should be made payable to Placer Pacers. IVV books will not be available. However, there will be free "insert cards". You will need one for each type of book that you have. This event will take place regardless of weather.   No refunds.

 Point of Contact: 

         Jay LaCroix   916-215-2273   email:


 A Year-Round Event is map guided and may be done most days of the year (you need to check each specific event for any closed days). (You may walk the distance twice on the same start card the same day.)

DISCLAIMER:  Every reasonable effort shall be made by the sponsor to provide an event that is safe, enjoyable and memorable.  However, neither the sponsor nor the AVA/IVV can be held responsible for accidents, thefts and material damage. 

 DIRECTIONS:   From I-80 in Auburn, take Hwy 49 north to Grass Valley.  Take the Grass Valley/Colfax Exit (So Auburn St).  At bottom of ramp, turn left and go under freeway.  Turn left on Neal St.  Safeway will be on the left.  Turn into the Safeway parking lot.  Flour Garden is to the right of Safeway.

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