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.

1 month ago

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!

on Pioneer Trail

3 months ago

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!

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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.

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.

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!