On Banner Mountain east of Nevada City, this popular trail offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal through a forest with many Douglas firs and dogwoods. At 3,200 feet elevation, it is a bit higher and cooler than many local trails. There are several places along the route where views open up briefly to more distant scenery.
For those that want a more vigorous workout, add the forested spur trail with great views, Orene Wetherall Trail. When the dogwood and big leaf maple turn, the Orene Wetherall Trail is striking in reds, bronze, and yellows.
Visit Bear Yuba Land Trust’s online Trails Portal for maps, detailed descriptions and directions to trailheads. http://www.bylt.org/trail/cascade-canal-trail/