Independence Trail West

EASY 39 reviews

Independence Trail West is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, CA 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.

5.1 miles 584 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

12 days ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but needs repair, see photo.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Really gentle trail that's got nice bridges and rocks. Great trail to hike with small kids.

2 months ago

Easy, neat little trail. Way easy for kids. Bummer the ramp to the creek was closed.

2 months ago

Love the views!! Trail was very picturesque and heading down to the river was definitely worth it.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

I loved this trail. It is easy and very well maintained, and the bridges make it fun.

hiking
3 months ago

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!!!

4 months ago

Loved this hike with my family!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and bridges

4 months ago

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4 months ago

If you are going southbound there are no signs for independence trail. (If there is I must've missed it). But it should be on your right and you see a staircase and some small parking spaces. It's right before the entrance for the South Yuba river so if you drove passed the river you've gone too far.

As for the trail, it is fairly easy and the first half of the trail is 10x better than the second half. Just stay at the flume and go back because the second half of the trail is nothing special. It's so dry with the drought, all you see are dry trees and shrubs. Nothing special. I got to the end and it was just an empty dirt road.

Not really worth driving 1.5 hours from Sacramento. The water levels are really low so that was unfortunate.

hiking
5 months ago

I pushed my BOB stroller with my six month old, we also had a 1 year old, 4 year old, 6 year old! The babies had fun splashing in the water and the older boys loved jumping off the rocks and finding the gorgeous Newts! Greatly recommended! Very easy! Very family friendly!

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Gps takes you to a one lane dirt road with no where to park, 4x4 recommended with high clearance if you try it. Alternatively if you look at others recorded treks you will see they start off of the 45. That is accessible and well labeled. Highly recommend you start there.