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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. From October through April, the western slope of the Sierra receives between 40 and 60 annual inches of rainfall. Snow is common at higher elevations. Spring, summer and fall temperatures range from the high 50s to the mid-80s. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

backpacking
10 hours 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.

backpacking
7 days 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!

I’ve gone backpacking to the primitive site several times over the past seven years.
I did this trail most recently as just a day hike. It took me and my boyfriend a couple hours and we had an amazing time. The humbug falls looked great and I can’t wait to go back when it gets warmer and stay the night!
There is a picnic area right before you reach the primitive campground where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat. The view is pretty amazing!
There are wild flowers and moss and lots of shade.
Do not go off the trail ever. There is a lot of poison oak.
Bring lots of water, unless you are planning on going down to the river.
There is a small area about two miles from the trailhead, where I could see myself having difficulty getting up and down if I was backpacking alone.
Over the past few years, they trail has been really revamped and there are a lot of improvements that you may not have seen if you haven’t been back in a while.
GETTING THERE:
Do not try and use your GPS. Follow the directions listed on the Malacoff Diggins website to get to the town.
If you use your GPS, you will have to go down an unpaved road for seven miles and it’s very confusing.
If you go in the spring of summer bring lots and lots of bug spray. This trail has lots of shade so sunscreen is advised, but you will probably survive. Bring bug spray!

This is my favorite hike in the area. Beautiful walk through forrest alongside a lush creek with a stunning waterfall. The trail terminates at the South Yuba trail, at which point you can simply enjoy the river view, or continue hiking. Enough hills to provide a workout, but not grueling.

found this tail a couple years ago with my son going for an overnight camping trip. we had no expectations or ideas about it. it has a few steep areas, thought it was harder hiking in then out. After the first big hill you're hiking along side a creek with multiple waterfalls that eventually ems at the Yuba river. it's a lightly hiked trail, we saw less then 10 people hike it. most purple hiked or biked in from the old campsite. it was a challenging hike but we'll worth it

Beautiful trail along creek, fun for me and my 7 year old son. Would be good for horses up to the falls, then narrow bridge and rock ledge would treacherous to cross and continue to Yuba River.

hiking
1 month 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..

hiking
2 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.

About 6 miles like the other reviews say but totally worth the hike once you get to the end. Beautiful View of Yuba river,and the water is so refreshing and amazing.The way back was almost all up hill so that was a down side in the heat but I would definitely recommend going in the cooler seasons. Also,a lot of poison oak almost the entire way there.

As others have mentioned, it's about 6 miles r/t. Beautiful hike, very scenic and shady the entire time. This is rated as moderate, which I agree with, but any more climbing and it would be hard imo. And yes, don't forget your bug spray, had to spit at least 3 of them out of my mouth on the way back!

Incredible hike! The scenery will not disappoint. Easy on the way in, a little steep on the way back. Some areas get pretty narrow and steep so watch your step; one fall in some areas and you're toast. Bring bug spray! There are a lot of pockets of still water at the start of the trail which means lots of mosquitos. I used insect repellent and was getting swarmed still. Patches of poison oak here and there but it's avoidable. Perfect for a day hike. Driving there was a bit hard, very windy roads and a few miles of very rough dirt road. Very worth it though!

Lovely trail. Clocks at about 6.5 miles though, not 4.9. Some tricky, skinny and slippery rock ledges/scrambles to manage - harder because it was raining. This trail is shady and quiet, rich with waterfall and cascading creek views. This trail is a "no dogs allowed" trail (clearly marked), but for some reason there is always someone who feels this doesn't apply to them (for the reviewer who says they are not sure why there is a sign - it's because them's the rules and you're breaking them!)

Awesome trail along the river. nice picnic area​ at the end. watch for poison oak!

hiking
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

great hike if you're not afraid of drop offs. beautiful waterfall along the way. great climb. lots and lots of poison oak so be aware! river destination is great! in November there were millions of lady bugs. there are couple rock sections on trail to be solid footed, not bad though if you're a hiker. have done it several times, with my dog too so I'm not sure why there is a sign!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Very nice hike. Clocked it in at 6 miles total not 4 though. Not very many people on the trail. The trail hugs the river for most of the hike and it's really beautiful. Miles 2-3 of the hike in are where the trail starts to get a little sketchy. Narrow trail right on a cliff but doable. Also the sign for the trail said no bikes or dogs. We didn't see any bikes but did see a few people with dogs. All in all good hike.

Friday, November 28, 2014

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 13, 2013

We've hiked this trial several times, and usually in the fall when it's cooler and the maple trees color is changing in town. Nice quiet trial with some amazing scenery. Lot's of history in town and on the trail. Left over remnants of the gold rush days using the water cannons are along the trail, and of course in town. The trail is easy and family friendly but be ready for swatting bugs away during your hike. There's also lots of signs that bears have been on the trail too. We've never seen one there in person, but we did have a close encounter once where we are confident noises just a few feet away in the brush was a bear getting to their feet and up on their hind feet. So now I ware a bell and carry bear spray just in case. Even though the state park is closed, the rest rooms are open and the trials are open. Enjoy a quiet time in nature and in history!

hiking
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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.

hiking
Friday, November 23, 2012

WOW... what a great lesson in history from the museum and old town of North Bloomfield, CA to the Malakoff 'Diggins Loop Trail' we really enjoyed all the places they had to learn about the GOLD RUSH! Great place to take the kids.

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