Looking for a great trail in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park ranging from 2.4 to 2.6 miles and from 2,572 to 3,205 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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20 days ago

We hiked this on New Year's Eve as a part of a longer hiking starting at the Missouri Bar Trail and the South Yuba Trail, about 9 miles. This is a longtime favorite and it can be cold. We had perfect weather and there were countless lady bugs at the usual Fir tree at the mouth of Humbug Creek, always a treat on this hike in the late season. There were quite a few down trees with one especially huge Douglas Fir (5' Diameter) blocking the Humbug Trail. Going over it was not an option and It was quite a scramble around it on the steep slope. Check out the photo in the gallery. Highly recommend this hike. Going up the Humbug trail starts out very steep but soon moderates and is spectacular. Some narrow rocky sections. Two bridges span impassable sections. One of these washed out and closed the trail for several years. Glad that they finally replaced it.

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2 months ago

Once you get to the green bridge, it leads to a super sketchy uphill dirt road..we decided to park right by the bridge and hike the trail right before you get on the bridge (we saw other people hiking it too) we ended up turning around about 2 miles in because it wasn’t scenic enough

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail, there is great camping right next to the Yuba river. Only 3 miles one way. When parking your car I recommend leaving it at the town center and hiking to the 1.5 miles to the trail head, people have been known to drill into gas tanks to get gas!

on Humbug Trail

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washed out
4 months ago

My husband and I took this trail a few days ago. We were impressed by how well the trail was marked and maintained, although there were segments so narrow that the downhill side had lose footing. The trails goes up and down alongside the mountain, making the elevation gain almost unnoticeable- that’s probably why it is graded “moderate”. We actually consider the trail on the hard side due to places that require certain level of fitness to navigate. On the way out toward the lake, we encountered a hissing rattle snake hanging on the rock to the side of the bridge. We used a branch to throw it off the bridge - it slithered away into its hole under the bridge, so be warned and stay vigilant around the bridge after the fall-viewing bridge. On the way back, we almost ran into a mother bear and two cubs. The mother dashed behind the tree while the cubs jumped up the tree. We saw no other hikers on the trail and had river completely to us alone. The trail is hard to get to but it’s completely worth the drive.

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over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Slightly overgrown, not bad. Down by the river was rocky. Water shoes recommended.

In the summer be prepared for a lot of poison oak. The overview is overgrown, however the trail down to the Yuba Is worth it. Serene, beautiful, isolated.

hiking
5 months ago

Scenic trail that is pretty exposed most of the time. It can be a scorcher in the summer but you loop around a watering hole that is beautiful. The hillsides around make this worthwhile!

This trail was great! We were coming from Yuba City and the gps took us on N. Bloomfield Rd., crossing over the Edwards Crossing bridge (see pics). The road was pavement on the one side and once crossed, the road was gravel with tons of potholes. It wasn’t difficult to drive on, just very bumpy. We made it to the trailhead and it’s clearly marked. The trail itself is dirt with fallen leaves on it. Once further down the trail, it turns very rocky (best to wear hiking boots or sneakers). The trail is very narrow at parts. Came to a fork in the trail- either go down to the river or up to an overlook. We decided next time we’d go to the overlook. This trail is steep! You don’t realize it too much going down to the river, but walking back up it- phew! The river has smoothed rocks on the shore. It is absolutely gorgeous! Our dogs loved it and we can’t wait to go back to this hidden gem. We didn’t pass any other people while exploring today.

I like butts

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bugs
7 months ago

Did this Memorial Day weekend. The ticks are so bad it's almost unenjoyable. Remember to always check yourselves and carry a pair of tweezers for in case any of them bite. The most scenic part is by the river so this would be best done as an Out and back rather than a loop. N Bloomfield rd is kinda boring to hike on also some of the locals who live on N Bloomfield rd are kinda sketchy.

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8 months ago

The last few miles of the drive will be rough if you have a smaller car. The trail is very shaded besides a small section. The hike back was an uphill battle.

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bugs
8 months ago

Nice outing. Hiked 5/5/19 and there were a few flowers blooming. Checked out the little historical town of humbug before hitting the trail. Decent amount of bugs and trail can get narrow so be sure to avoid poison oak. Overall nice hike with pleasant sound of running water most of the trail. Would rate easy on the way down and moderate on the way back. Watch for rattlers down by the river. Will definitely do this hike again.

on Humbug Trail

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8 months ago

Suuuuuch amazing views of the river!! Poison oak everywhere, but well worth the risk!! We didn’t get any by being aware of our surroundings. A few sketchy spots to cross, but nothin on it. Once you get to the river there’s a kewl rock to sit on and watch the river go by. Also a few picnic benches to lunch at. Loved this hike!!

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike with an amazing waterfall midway through. Very few bugs when we went.

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9 months ago

Phone read 5.36m in 1:42:16 with 881ft elevation gain. Spent at least 20 minutes playing in water at the bottom which was of course freezing but beautiful. One of the most scenic hikes I’ve done. Good bit of it was off camber and trail was happy to wash out under your outside foot. Reverse hike so keep in mind the hard part is getting back to the car. Was supposed to pay to park. Didn’t.

10 months ago

I hiked down this trail as part of a 12 mile loop. Beautiful hike, spectacular, roaring falls. A bit stressful(for me) on some narrow, slippery parts. No ticks or mosquitoes or gnats. I went through from 9-- 10:30....Later in the day, on different trails I did see a couple ticks that I brushed off.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
10 months ago

Very scenic trail. Lots of inclines and descents which made for a good workout.

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Mon Dec 03 2018

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!

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Fri Oct 19 2018

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.

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Tue Jun 26 2018

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!

Fri Jun 08 2018

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.

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Wed May 16 2018

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.

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Wed May 09 2018

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.

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