Yankee Jim's-Indian Creek Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Yankee Jim's-Indian Creek Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colfax, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 656 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

bridge out

washed out

hiking
2 months ago

Very short but sometimes sketchy hiking/climbing to get to the water but definitely worth it! Absolutely beautiful swimming spots. Watch out for itty bitty river leeches, there are tons clinging to the rocks. Parking is scarce so you may have to park on the side of the street. The road leading to this location is very rocky/bumpy so take it easy. If you know your vehicle has a hard time with varied terrain I would not suggest this trip. Otherwise, it's lovely.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful short hike but it's a great spot to go swimming.

hiking
3 months ago

Tough to find the trail head. Spent 30 minutes trying to figure it out. Used the directions by the some previous reviews which was more helpful. Once it was found trail is pretty self explanatory. It's narrow and some precarious parts but otherwise a good hike along the river.

5 months ago

Loved this hike! Small bummer that both the falls were dry but the pace of the hike is amazing. Narrow trail, lots of up and down but just the right amount to not tire you out and you get some great activity going. One warning - you have to cross a portion of the river feed to get to the trail - to get across one of the jumps is pretty long and the rocks are pretty slick so go carefully. Other than that I had s blast and the sights were incredible of the river below... Go early to get parking and check out the small cave before you cross the bridge - swallows nest there and it is pretty cool - trail head starts by crossing the bridge, tiring left to go form the stairs and the turning left to get to the river - 40 feet then to the right and cross the rocks on the river - trail is easy to follow from there

hiking
7 months ago

It was a narrow trail with a couple cool waterfalls. The suspension bridge at the trailhead was neat.

We walked down to the river and it's a beautiful view down there with rushing water and lush greenery/wildflowers.

Just a word of advice: The rocks are slick at the waterfalls.

The parking wasn't great and the road to the trail is pretty rough.

hiking
7 months ago

for sure a little tricky to find the trail head, but once you cross the smaller stream running into the major river the trail is easy to find. super narrow trail with a few trees down that you need to maneuver around. But overall an awesome hike along the side of the river.

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hiking
1 year ago

This is a narrow trail along the river canyon. We hiked it in January with frost on the ground and it was slow going. Because of this it felt a little longer than the listed 3 miles. Towards the end, the trail opens up into a meadow that should be really nice in summer.

Depending on the time of year, getting on the trail maybe the most difficult part. At the trail head, after you take the wooden stairs down, you need to cross the creek that feeds into the river. Some rock hopping is required when the water is high.

I have added a link to the ASRA trail guide:
http://members.psyber.com/asra/tgindian.pdf

1 year ago

Got lost trying to find the trail after walking down the steps. Cross the creek to find the rest of the trail!! Hope this helps. Beautiful trail and definitely going back to swim in the summer

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail and one of the best places to swim I have ever seen. The water was warm and crystal clear! We hiked back maybe 2 miles to find a secluded swimming hole. There are more trails than the one that goes to the waterfall, and this time of year the waterfall is dry anyway. This one would have received 5 stars if it weren't for the $10 parking (no free parking around). There's 4 miles of dirt road to get to the bridge, so this place is not too crowded.

hiking
2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful trails with great views of the American River! In the springtime all the poppies and windflowers are in bloom but spring also means tons of ticks and poison oak. I would highly recommend that dogs should not go on this trail, I literally picked over 40 ticks off my two dogs. Great trail but beware!

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful swimming holes! Trail is hard to find...make sure you cross at Shirttail Creek. Worth walking about mile down trail to swim!

hiking
3 years ago

I hiked this trail in late November, it was nice but very rainy. It doesn't look like it snows out here at all. The trailhead was easy to find but then soon after the trail disappears and I was left guessing which way to go. I imagine this place is nice in the summer time because of so many different swimming spots this river has to offer. But then again, the crowds of people will probably be there too.