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.

Went in early December after rain and as expected the trail was a little snowy and slick. Probably best to go a little earlier in the fall than we did, but at least bugs and poison oak weren’t an issue. Saw lots of deer and really enjoyed all of the scenery. Beautiful views of the river and falls throughout! We also didn’t see anyone else on the trail the whole 3-4 hours we hiked. We hiked this down to the river and continued on the South Yuba trail for awhile, totaling about 7 miles. Would definitely recommend

Nice, fun trail. It took hardly any time to get down to the river. A little longer coming up but overall a pretty easy hike. Overlook point is beautiful!

This trail is awesome! Not sure why it says 4.8miles. It is actually 6 miles or so. Some of the inclines and declines especially toward the end are steeper. However, the falls and Yuba river are amazing sights. We are definitely coming back when it warms up. There are some pretty sweet pools going down the falls. We came in through Washington dirt road side(some rough areas; unmaintained) it’s about 12-13miles or so. It says to pay but the museum was closed and the town is only about 8 people. We carried on with no problems.

5 months ago

Echoing what others wrote - it's completely stunning, nicely shady trail, picturesque with the creek/river running next to you. A couple tricky spots along the trail - I would rate it more like advanced-moderate, especially if backpacking. But super quiet - we only saw one other couple during our two days out there.
It was very buggy and lots of poison oak. We saw a rattlesnake near the river. There are active bears in the area. The park doesn't clearly communicate this, but they advise to bring a bear canister if you're backpacking. So, it felt a little treacherous at times, but it is the wilderness and we're visiting their land/home! And it was totally worth the private swimming hole at the end!
Getting there, google maps isn't the best. The park's website has a suggested route if you want paved roads getting there. We followed that and it was super easy, and the roads are newly paved!

This trail is rated as easy and it's far from it. Steep hills up and down and very rocky. I had my 3 yr old and 9 yr old and the trail can be very narrow at times. The tunnel was very cool though. We were not able to make it around the entire loop as we lost the trail half way around. It's a gorgeous trail but should not be listed as Easy and isn't the easiest for children.

Super pretty trail all the way down to the river. It's shaded with lots of greenery. There are some pretty difficult parts of this trail. Rock scrambling and some very narrow parts with steep drops. I suggest you be in pretty good shape for the climb back up. Bring a backpack with water, food, and salt tabs.
The drive there was pretty confusing. We clicked on the directions button and followed that. Windy narrow road that turns to rough dirt road after crossing the river. Continue up for about 7 miles. If you are following GPS, it will show you have arrived before you actually have arrived at the trailhead. Keep driving and you will see the humbug trail sign and a small turnout to park. On the way out, we drove the other direction through North Broomfield. Follow the paved road and it takes you back to 49. It's a longer drive, but better than the dirt.

awesome trail. lots of flowers blooming and hardly anyone on the trail.
cool views of the water leading up to the yuba river.
a few steep hills but nothing extreme.

Fascinating history and an easy walk around the eroded bluffs.

9 months 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.

10 months ago

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.
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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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!

Monday, August 21, 2017

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!

Monday, June 12, 2017

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!)

Monday, May 08, 2017

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

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.

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!

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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