Missouri Bar Trail is a 7.4 mile out and back trail located near Nevada City, CA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Nevada City: Travel west on Hwy. #49 and turn right onto North Bloomfield Road. Travel north to Edwards Crossing. Drive north on e mile to the South Yuba Campground.
Pleasant discovery near Malakoff Diggins SHP, which we discovered after arriving has very few trails for people with dogs. This trail is a short walk (.7 miles) away, in the Tahoe National Forest, which is much more dog-friendly. Nice hike, lots of switchbacks, takes you down to the South Yuba Trail, where you can continue up or downstream. Well shaded. Beautiful area.
We got 3 miles once we reached the river, the actual Missouri Barr trail T's into the Yuba trail. Spot on river is beautiful & quiet from lack of people. It is an easy trail as far as terrain but it is a nice decline entire way and then back up. We went on thanksgiving day so ran into no one, weather was about 55 degrees and no mosquitoes but I could see it being a problem in summer! There were some gnats but not too annoying. Good time of year too cuz poison oak is dormant.
The trail is nice. From the Trail Head down is a zig zag motion. Make sure you have "Head Nets" because the mosquitos are vicious!! They get in your nose when you are inhaling and or in your mouth if you open it. I forgot mine with my repellant for the first time ever and of course, I paid it dearly on the trail. Once you get down to the river, they disappear. As you can see in the pictures the river is a crystalline paradise. Soft current. This time of year not too cold. Especially not cold if the day is hot. Wonderful swimming spots in different areas. I call you to just relax while you take it all in. The journey back up is going to get you winded but its just a couple of miles so it ends quick. The whole way is in good shade. Very good for those hot summer days. The end of the way is worth it.