Independence Trail West is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful shaded easy hike
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!
Easy but needs repair, see photo.
Great for kids! Enchanting and really nice trail for any age. My grandson called it being in a dream... He's age 6, nice to view the world through little ones eyes.
Really gentle trail that's got nice bridges and rocks. Great trail to hike with small kids.
Easy, neat little trail. Way easy for kids. Bummer the ramp to the creek was closed.
Love the views!! Trail was very picturesque and heading down to the river was definitely worth it.
Nice trail and easy for everyone as we saw a family with a twin stroller walking. We went in the afternoon and it was almost all shade.
I loved this trail. It is easy and very well maintained, and the bridges make it fun.
I've done this a few times, always beautiful, any season. When you're done, go the extra mile and cool off in the South Yuba River State Park!!!
Loved this hike with my family!