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This was a great trail! The perfect length and includes the overlook of the falls. There was no one else on the trail at sunrise on a rainy Wednesday. It’s requested that the Creekside portion of the trail only be traversed in one direction. To do so, the loop should be done in a clockwise direction.

on Scotts Flat Trail

10 days ago

Beautiful trail. At the end of the trail we continued on down to the waters edge. Total round trip for our group was 9 miles.

This trail is such great and scenic. It is not strenuous or difficult. I have gone a few times now and those with whom I have trailed range in age from 13 to 45 and one was 5 months pregnant. We took our dogs, on leashes, and enjoyed a great walk. other visitors we passed were all friendly and leashed their dogs as well. The trail is clean and the bridges are well maintained. The one bridge down to the water (approx a 30 minite walk in) looks like it is in the process of being surveyed for repairs and we're looking forward to visiting once it is secured to go down to the water. There are 2 toilets at the beginning of the hike. parking is easy, provided people are courteous and park perpendicular to hwy 48 rather than paralell.
Take water and snacks and a camera!

Me and my family had so much fun
Beautiful hike

1 month ago

Went 12miles of the trail and saw 3 people. Great hike, well maintained and found a good camping spot. Parked in the BLM South Yuba Trail Parking lot for easy access. Camped near the humbug trail intersection. A bit cold in February for sleeping but great hike and easy access to river in a few places.

Lovely hike with nice views! Almost all in the shade. Easier to take Jones Bar Trail down then come back on Independence Trail. Also, this is a pretty easy trail; I wouldn’t say it’s moderate.

As others have mentioned, trail is a little hard to follow at first. look for footprints in the snow and cairns. Lots of ice on the trail, recommend yaktrax. Snow is deeper after the foot bridge. I turned around just below the first lake as the trail disappeared and I began postholing to my knees, snowshoes would be helpful here. Fairly strenuous trail and good views along the way. Dog loved it and I was the only one there on a Tuesday.

1 month ago

I’ve done this trail a bunch! Mostly between July and September.
The primitive camp ground is great and it has fairly easy access to water. Lots of boulders and areas close to the campground to explore. The trail isn’t bad going in or out.
There have been lots of trail improvements over the past several years and I think more people are getting up to enjoy what this area has to offer!

Awesome trail!

This links up with some lovely trails, but I wouldn't approach them from this trailhead again.
There is no signage for the trailhead, just a dirt pull off next to a private driveway, but the trail is broad, well maintained, and easy to find from there. We opted to do the entire outer loop starting with the right-hand trail, 8 Ball, first, and 8 Ball is a four-mile walk down Marysville Rd. At times you're actually walking on the shoulder of the road; not exactly tranquil. During this stretch you do a fair amount of crossing roads and other trails with no signage in any direction, and I was glad to have the map on this app running to refer to. After four miles, you reach the Rebel Ridge trailhead, at which point the trail heads down through beautiful forrest to a lovely walk along Bullards Bar. From there on out the hike was very enjoyable. I will definitely avoid the portion of trail that runs along the road in the future. This was a fairly gentle hike, rolling hills without much serious up-hill, and almost entirely under cover of forrest.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Patches of melting show making for a somewhat soggy trail - to be expected in January. Nice trail - would be awesome when dry. Didn’t see the bridge in the picture. We parked across the street at pioneer trailhead. Trail starts right off to the left of the driveway into harmony lodge.

Fantastic trail. Worth the little hike down to the River.

You can’t go wrong with a trip here. Fun to get too from both trails.

2 months ago

A really nice nature walk after Sunday brunch at South-Pine Cafe. We saw about 15 different people/groups out hiking, but it was a pretty busy weekend in Nevada City (Scenic and Wild Film Festival).. some only going as far as the suspension bridge and others trail running the whole path. Dog and kid friendly. I will definitely return and will attempt to record the whole thing.

As the other reviewers mentioned this is a super easy hike. I think you could actually bring a wheelchair on this hike because it’s flat and wide. Definitely not physically challenging but a beautiful walk through the woods. I took away one star for the chainsaws! There are houses along the trail and on two different spots the sound of chainsaw was echoing in my brain for like a mile. Ideally you want to hear the sound of the water so it’s pretty annoying when that happens. The trail signs and markers were super easy to follow. I brought my dog but had to keep her on a leash.

Great hike! This area is beautiful

2 months ago

Nice hike. Some of the trail could be marked a little clearer. This one had enjoyable views and the dog enjoyed the water. The drive up to the trailhead is steep so drive slow!

Great trail

Easy, dog friendly, jogger friendly. We parked by the Miner’s Foundry and followed the small trail marker signs down to the suspension bridge. Crossed the bridge, shortly after is a fork that starts/ends a loop.

A good amount of snow today, but snowshoes weren’t needed. This would be a great summer time trail.

Interesting and always a little different depending on the time of year. In the summer make sure you have the right gear on for a swim at the top!

Stunning view! Make sure you take the time to walk to the water. The water was a clear green and it was beautiful. The boards in the bridges and walkways are getting replaced. I can’t wait to come back in the spring to see all the waterfalls.

2 months ago

This Trail was super beautiful. Little chilly! Wear layers! We ended up following the South Yuba River Trail because we weren’t paying attention to the map and didn’t realize we were supposed to cross the river. There were a few banks you may have had been able to get across but with our dogs we didn’t initially think to do so. We ended up running out of time and had to head back so we didn’t look to hard into how easily we could’ve crossed the river but it might be possible! It actually began to snow about 5 minutes before we reached the Trailhead at about 445pm just before it started to get dark! Got lucky we headed back when we did! Oh and lots of ticks! Make sure to get yourself some eucalyptus spray to use beforehand. Between our 3 dogs we had to detach 20 ticks. We found about 15 other ticks though between ourselves, our car and dogs that we threw off before they attached..

3 months ago

It's a good trail with a lot of nice views. We went all way down, but couldn't find a good spot to cross the river. So, we turned right and continued approximately 3 miles more along the South Yuba Trail. We saw a beautiful waterfall during our way. Last 1.5 miles back is constantly uphill, but it's a quite short distance. We liked this trail.

Don't go without ice trackers. Icy granite is no fun in just hiking boots! It was my own fault for not being more prepared, but I will be back, it's absolutely beautiful. probably made it a half mile in before hitting an impasse and turning around...

Very pretty trail easily accessible, not too many people. Great day hike.

Lucked out with warm, sunny December weather. Well-maintained trail in beautiful forrest. Happened to be staying at Harmony Ridge Lodge which is right at the trail entrance. Couldn’t be more convenient than that!

Excellent workout. keep an eye on the map. You don't wanna miss a turn. Bridge is slippery when wet. 1.5 to 2 hour hike.

First part of trail hard to follow. Had to look for stacked rocks to figure out which way to go. Hardest part of hike is to the first lake. Make sure to go the extra distance and hit the second lake...it was stunning. Third lake was difficult to find and I'm not sure we even found it or it was really just a small pond. We went in early part of September

beautiful moving water, sculptural boulders and forest trees. Air smelled amazing. super easy to find---right off the main streets. more heavily trafficked than i like but understandable as trees are in gorgeous fall color.

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