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This trail is very basic for anyone in the Sacramento area. The dam is very pretty and one can get some good pictures there. Very popular trail. Half in shade half in sun.

really nice hike beautiful Lush Green Hills and plenty of pretty views including the waterfall!

Great hike, dog and kid friendly, went in the winter and it seemed really easy. The water was cold but you have a lot of places you can get into. I know our lab loved it.

Very good and easy hike. The first time we went in the summer and it was super hot so we took lots of breaks. This time it was a breeze and our 6 month old Lab loved it. Def a lot better in the winter than the summer. Great spots at the falls for a picnic and very kid and dog friendly. The upper and middle trail isn’t good for strollers so stick to the lower falls trail. We love Beale Falls because it’s super duper close to base and makes a great family day. If your from Cali or Stationed here like us. This is a must for Beale.

Nice hike! Some larger puddles after the rain, but nothing that couldn’t be avoided. Thoroughly enjoyed this trail.

Loved this one! We looped with the Jones Bar trail and it was a blast. Not very kid friendly over on the Jones bar part because of steep terrain but still a good trail to hike.

13 days ago

The trail to the falls is very clean and well taken care and the falls are amazing when you see them. Only problem is people with dogs running loose. We were almost bitten today by a off leash dog when we were on the trail to the falls. Have a watchful eye for loose dogs but worth the hike.

13 days ago

Nice, easy trail with pretty views. Pic-nic tables around the pond for a bite to eat.

My husband and I attempted this hike about five years ago in the middle of July. Needless to say, we didn't make it very far without feeling overheated. We decided to try it out New Year's Day. It was a perfect day to go see the falls. I would definitely say it's much easier in the wintertime, but if you go early enough in the summer you should be good and you'll find great spots for swimming. It is quite a bit of a drive from Yuba City or Grass Valley, but I like that because less people are apt to go there. Some pretty views if you like the rolling hills.


Beautiful! :)

Great hike with great scenery.

Gate is closed, could not access.

17 days ago

pleasant short hike, nice spot for lunch

Very nice California wintertime hike. I love the waterfalls and and the beautiful rolling foothills

More of a short walk than a hike. Not much to see. My dog picked up so many ticks. Yuck. Never again!

Awesome family hike and very flat. Little chilly as most of the trail is shaded.

very pretty hike! can be done with a jogging stroller too if you dont mind some rocky areas and a couple steep hills

Beautiful hike

23 days ago

Nice easy walk

Forested, shady, level and incredible views. We took this hike this year around Christmas. The trees were damp with dew, and the sun was peeking through the fog, highlighting the South Yuba River Canyon. The forest is a mixture of Ponderosa, Digger, and other conifers, along with California Oak, Madrone and Manzanita. The best part of this trail is the bridges. The wooden walkways provide good photo spots and break up the trail length. Don’t be fooled by the mountainous topography. This trail is almost 100% level. Flat. In fact, we heard it was one of the first wheelchair accessible dirt trails constructed in the USA back in the 70s. It follows an irrigation ditch built by the Chinese in the 1800s. Now used as a hiking path. At times, we switched from the top to the bottom of the ditch. Consider the unique canyon boardwalk as the destination. Making it about an hour round-trip walk. Great for groups, or anyone looking for a level start. Bring high-soled shoes and trekking poles if you plan to hike in the winter, as the ditch can be muddy in some spots.
- Mike and Angel Cutler, EarthTrek Gear

Great views, pretty easy hike, and great payoff at the dam. Watch out for mountain bikers.

Always a nice moderate hike with the beautiful damn at the top. Nice and gradual incline. Watch for tics- especially with dogs. Pulled about 10 off mine.

The view at the end was worth the hike! Coming back down can be a little challenging to the joints for those that aren’t expert hikers. Watch for snakes and Mt.Lions if you’re hiking away from the trails in other places close to the main trail towards the falls.

Fun short ride on horseback if you just go to the pond and back. Can be a little busy on weekends during the Summer, baby buggies, kids, sometime narrow passing.

Great hike in the fall. The only strenuous part is coming up the hill from Jones Bar. The independence part of the trail is very easy and pretty.

Nice trail, simple but watch out for the mountain bikers!

2 months ago

Moderate easy and dod friendly. Runs along the American river so there are places to stop for the dogs or relaxation.

this was an easy well maintained trail. Enjoyed lunch while cooling off in one of the many fresh water holes

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