Jones Bar Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round.
Trail starts with a pretty intense decline. Creek is really pretty and the views are nice. My kids loved all the little bridges.
Great workout. Starts off with a pretty good decent. Beautiful scenery. We came back the way we went in and the way back up was tough (for me). Well worth it though.
Parts of the trail were easy, but to reach the swimming hole be prepared for very vertical hiking. Loose rocks and poison oak, and came across rattle snakes. But the view was worth it and was a great workout! Would not recommend bringing your dog unless it is used to hiking harder trails.
It's a gorgeous trail with lots of vertical inclines and declines BUT trail markers are hard to find or non-existent. Bring your map.
lots of Mosquitos but very beautiful scenery and great hike
Starts pretty intense downhill in a washout and then a more gradual uphill climb after the creek and parallel to the river. The loop back was pretty, flat and shady. LOTS of poison oak though! The bridge walkway over the creek is very cool.
This is the west Independence Trail just using the road to create a loop. For those looking at the Independence Trail on alltrails the GPS instructions to get to the start of the hike will lead you down a 4 x 4 dirt road with nowhere really to park, it's better to start off of the highway as indicated by this trail. Same trail just starts a different spot
Poison oak!! Everywhere! Luckily I'm not as sensitive to it as my mom is... she survived though. Downhill for a while and then uphill. The uphill on the way back is intense. Very pretty trail though!