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2018 Activities

CA-NV Chapter Day Hike Opportunity
Yuba River/Soda Springs

June 2, 2018

Join us for a hike covering several short sections of emigrant trail along the Yuba River at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.   This is an outing designed for people who want see and walk actual trail.  We will also practice some trail sleuthing — the art of finding and following trail that has not been marked.  This hike will gauge the level of interest within the Chapter for a possible series of informal hikes over sections of trail within Nevada and California.

The Yuba River section of the Truckee Route of the California Emigrant Trail was one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult section, of the entire Truckee Route.  The problem was that here, the Yuba River passes through a series of massive granite ridges.  The upper section of granite is called the Hampshire Rocks.  Below that is Big Bend.  There are still more difficulties below Big Bend until the trail finally leaves the Yuba to cross over a plateau toward the Yuba and Emigrant Gaps.  There is simply no easy way through.  Several routes probably existed through and around the Hampshire Rocks.  We will be looking at sections of what was probably the northern route.

Because this is our first hike we are going to keep it simple.  This trek will be a series of short walks, separated by short drives as we work our way down the river.  However, the terrain can be difficult so only people in reasonably good condition should participate.  We would like to limit participation in this initial hike to 12 people. This means we can fit into three cars along the route. However, if there is a lot of interest in the hike, we can schedule another day for those whom we cannot accommodate on the first day.  All participants and leaders are required to sign an OCTA waiver form to be eligible to go on this outing.

Email David Fullerton at dfullertond@netscape.net if you wish to participate in the hike.  He will send you (1) directions on when and where to meet, (2) maps and aerial photos, (3) a likely itinerary, and (4) the OCTA waiver.  The Yuba River section is just off Interstate 80 west of Soda Springs.

May 16 – Carson River Route along Mormon Emigrant Trail

June 19 – Johnson’s Cutoff along Telephone Ridge

July 16 – Georgetown Cutoff near Ice House Reservoir

August 20 -24 (day to be determined) – Carson River Route near Mud Lake east of Tragedy Spring

September – Possible work along Pioneer Trail in Lake Valley

October 10 -17 (day to be determined) – Johnson’s Cutoff working with Generation Green brushing the trail

Watch for other projects on the Carson River Route, Beckwourth Trail and the Volcano Road.

For more information about upcoming activities email the Chapter at canvocta@gmail.com


CA-NV Chapter OCTA
 Meeting and Symposium

April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018
Fernley and Fallon, Nevada

Looking east on the 40 Mile Desert

Saturday included three speakers.  Bill Adams shared his experiences leading wagon trips across the 40 Mile Desert. Ron Bell spoke about the Pony Express Association in Nevada and Ken Johnston presented a new theory about  Peter Lassen, J. Goldsborough Bruff  and the discovery of the Nobles Trail.



Sunday morning those attending had  a choice of  touring  the Naval Air Station at Fallon Top-Gun School or a tour of  sites on the 40 Mile Desert.




Petroglyph at Grimes Point

The afternoon was spent at Grimes Point Archaeology Site and a tour of Hidden Cave.

Inside Hidden Cave


Dick Young  

Dick Young

Richard (Dick) Carroll Young, 85, of Yuba City, passed away August 6, 2017. He was born in Sacramento to Anne and Jacob Young and graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He married Joan Bosworth in 1954, graduated from UNR in Civl Engineering to begin his 38 year career at Division of Highways/CalTrans.

During his life, Dick presided as Mayor of Yuba City and President of Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and El Dorado County STAR at So. Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Young; children, Sharon Wonder, Peter Young, Christina Estabrook; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2170 South Avenue, SLT, CA 96150 or South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., SLT, CA 96150 or Oregon California (emigrant) Trails Association, 524 S. Osage Street, Independence, MO 64050.

A Celebration Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm.

Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 19 to Sept. 18, 2017

Reno Gazette-Journal   August 8, 2017

Preserving history: Saving the Fernley Swales