nature trips

kid friendly


dogs on leash

This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail - the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. South Yuba River State Park offers many scenic vistas. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. Visitors can enjoy: swimming, hiking, panning for gold, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, and exploring the trails leading to historic mining sites. Docent-led history, nature, and gold-panning tours are also offered at selected times throughout the year. Adventuresome hikers have a choice of trails ranging in difficulty from the easiest (Independence Trail), to other more strenuous trails throughout the park.

6 days ago

This is a good beginner trail. It is dog friendly and all trails are marked. Very flat but easy to find off hwy 49

Easy hike. Good for kids. No grand "view" but water was beautiful

Great trail, sometimes the earth was so soft and narrow though along a cliff side that you couldn't enjoy the scenery since you had to watch your step constantly. Did in 3 days, easily doable for the average backpacker but get an early start if your slow and it's winter

1 month ago

Great Backpacking Video on various trails in Yosemite National Park, Red Peak, Young Lakes, May Lake etc..

1 month ago

Only did a short section heading south from Edward's Crossing, but what I saw was gorgeous. Would definitely return to hike more of this trail. I was there in late December, and everything was green and the river was high, and there were a couple small waterfalls along the trail. Saw a couple kayakers running the rapids too.

Beautiful shaded easy hike

I didn't really care for this trail. Views were ok. To many obstacles to climb over.

Cool trail, great views. There are many obstacles along the trail but in my opinion, that's part of what makes it fun.
There is a campground at the end of the trail with restrooms and fresh water.

Love the hike and the views.

Like walking through fern gully - perfect November hike - waters rushing and everything is green and full of life. Totally easy to get to and parking is plentiful. The trail is well maintained! There are a few places where cones are set on the mountainside walkway, but nothing in real disrepair - the waterfall outlook is closed right now for new construction but that didn't stop us from visiting it off the beaten path - all in all it's a flat, easy and enjoyable way to get out of the city! Heads up though - this time of year wear hiking boots, tennis shoes will get soggy!

A great hike for a fall day - especially with dogs - they had a blast in the river. It was easy and not very long but plenty to see. There are two very different landscapes making the first half of the hike different from the second.