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It was good hike, but not easy for a beginner and its more like 3.1 miles not the 2.5 listed. This is not a hike for kids under 10, took my 3yr old and 7 yr old and it was rough for them. A large part of the trail has overgrown vegetation. If i have known of all of the elevation changes and narrow paths, I would not have gone to this trail with them.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. As a previous review suggested, we went down the Jones Bar and back up the Independence Trail. I would recommend this direction as well.

Short survey walk of South Yuba River State Park. Very little access to river bank. Flat, wide, almost ADA compliant.

We parked close to the covered bridge to go swimming in the Yuba River. It was such a nice area with sand and the water was the perfect temp and not too deep. There where people here but not too many. It’s such a pretty area! We will be back for sure! There’s walking trails near by so next time we will do some trails and end with swimming in the river! 

mountain biking
2 months ago

A very pleasant, easy ride. Bring a fishing pole and enjoy the trout and bass fishing. Lots of places to stop for a picnic.

hiking
2 months ago

I would not recommend this hike for anyone. The directions were perfect. Parking was plentiful. The trails were nonexistent. Just a "levee road" and a dirt road along the river with overgrowth of bushes and weeds between river and dirt road. One must walk down a slippery hill coverd with yellow, dead 1-2 foot high grass to reach dirt road from levee road. There were no markers or any indication that I was actually on a hike or a trail at any time. I am a female and did not feel safe out there alone. I am honestly not sure why this is on All Trails. It does not resemble any hikes, walks or treks I have found on this website as I have always had a wonderful experience until today.

2 months ago

Gravel road runs along the river...flat. views of the Feather River, Table Mountain, and the O.
As of Feb 2018, the trail is blocked a little past the 34 mile marker (trail head at 31 mile marker near bath house).
pretty!

took my 3 year old

We hiked this Memorial Day weekend. The flowers were still blooming, the water was amazing and we had such an enjoyable time.

Easy , great views of the river, $10 parking fee

One of my favorite local Chico/Paradise trails. Start in the middle and go left if you’re cool with heights; right if you don’t do heights but you want to stop at swimming holes. I love both for the different reasons. Dog friendly as well!

Beautiful hike, great scenic views of Yuba river. Easy walk with plenty of places to sit down and rest, very slightly up and downs.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

You can't actually access the flume anymore. You have to walk through private property and there are signs up saying it's patrolled.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved the first half mile - lots to see and an easy walk for old people and even the disabled. You can roll a wheelchair along without great effort and see plenty from the trail.

The sounds of Highway 49 could be distracting to some but we just accepted it and ignored it. The pond is truly beautiful!

Too crowded!

backpacking
3 months ago

I did this as a solo overnight backpacking trip to test new gear for an upcoming long distance trip (JMT) in the summer. 2800 up and 1200 down on day 1, 1600 up and 3300 down on day 2 (including side trip on Fiddle Creek Ridge Trail). On this April day, I started encountering snow around 4000 and found significant coverage at 4300.

Trail started at Highway 49 rising 1500 feet up over several switchbacks to the top Fiddle Creek Ridge. From there one can get a view of the surrounding mountains. Continuing on, I went 500 foot down to Fiddle Creek. There is no bridge here, and early spring runoff prevented any rock hopping. I crossed in my water shoes with no issues, about 18 inches deep. Next, up the hill 700 feet to about the 4300 foot elevation. Started to see snow, but after a short level section the trail went down again 600 feet to Little Fiddle Creek and another creek crossing (shorter crossing but slightly deeper). Then up again 600 feet to the snowline, which was encountered right after the single track trail transitioned to fire road. I did not want to trudge through the snow, so I found a camp spot on a section of old fire road, just off the main trail. Next morning I went back the other direction, crossing two creeks and back up to the main ridge. I decided to travel along a couple miles of the Fiddle Creek Ridge trail in order to increase the total mileage of the trip.

What I liked: I enjoyed the lack of people on the trail. A dirt biker passed me on day 1, and didn't see anyone else until noon the next day when I crossed paths with a small group of day hikers.

Things I didn't like: There were a few vistas but overall less scenery than some of the higher Sierra trails. Also a lack of suitable camping locations. I didn't find anything easily accessible by the creeks. The best spot was on a ridge at 4100 feet near the end of the trail, and was not near any water.

This trail would be suitable for an early season trip when the higher elevations are still snowed in.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike! Beautiful viewpoints throughout. Is great for everyone. Definitely some uphill work one way or the other depending on where you start. But entirely worth it!

WEAR SUNSCREEN!

hiking
3 months ago

pretty trail following the river. Wildflowers are beautiful and are labelled along the way
Nice walk!!

Great trail. Took the whole family including my 4yr old. Go to the right if you want to knock out the hills early or left if you want to do the hills at the end.

Gorgeous. We recorded 3.5 miles on this trail.

walking
4 months ago

Great view of the river, and especially nice when the wildflowers are blooming in the spring and the river runs turquoise.

Nice trail, great views of river, wild flowers beginning to bloom. Take the left entrance to the trail across from the State Parks kiosk. Once you get to the lake, if you continue on the loop, you’ll follow the road up a significantly steep grade, then down some switchbacks to the kiosk. Nice lunch spot at the lake. The meadows at the top of the road were worth the steep climb up the road. All in all a great little hike.

nature trips
4 months ago

It’s especially pretty in spring but it is also busy! Easy and fun for kids. There is a spot to stop and play in the stream that is safe and lots of critters in it for kids to check out.

Awesome hike! My husband and I had so much fun, counted over a thousand salamanders along the way. Moderate hike, definitely don’t run, haha I fell but luckily I didn’t fall off the cliff

nice trail.. less people than trail by the parking lot..but i would chose the otger trail..butter. than this one just for the views.. but from here you do great view of the old covered bridge..

walking
4 months ago

very nice wide trail. easy walk.. excellent views of river.. wild flowers lots of butterflies.. dog friendly.. nice waterfall surprise. 5 dollars to park

4 months ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

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