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This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail - the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. South Yuba River State Park offers many scenic vistas. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. Visitors can enjoy: swimming, hiking, panning for gold, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, and exploring the trails leading to historic mining sites. Docent-led history, nature, and gold-panning tours are also offered at selected times throughout the year. Adventuresome hikers have a choice of trails ranging in difficulty from the easiest (Independence Trail), to other more strenuous trails throughout the park.

Great trail. Really enjoyable views while walking. Even though it's popular, there was quite a distance of time between seeing people.

12 hours ago

20 hours ago

4 days ago

Super nice trail. Ee found a creek at the beginning which we used to swim and refresh ourselves (it was more than 90F), and a couple more of those later to wet our t-shirt.

Tiny legs structure of a hike. It winds through a new growth forest and has interesting interpretive signs. The Overlook looks over old hydraulic diggings. Great for when you have driven long distances and need to stretch out your leg and back. There are wonderful cross-country ski trails for the winter that take off here.

10 days ago

Nice hike, very pretty.
We did bump it up and did the East, West, and the Jones Bar Loop for a total of 10 miles. Jones Bar Rd. isn't as pretty or well marked; but a great hill workout, with a beautiful pool and falls at the bottom of the steep, rocky trail.

This is a pretty awesome place to hike. It is a super easy hike for kids and not too many people on the trail on either a Saturday or Sunday. There are about 5 or 6 off trails that lead you down to the river that is just roaring at this time. You can see the amazing rainbow fish swimming upstream even through all that force of water going against them. The only thing I would say is bring bug spray. There are quite a bit of mosquitoes out, and a bit of Poison Oak, which honestly I feel is at any hiking trail at this time of year. We've been about 3 times and will keep going back.

Nice hike

Beautiful trail. This is a multi-use trail that is clearly heavily trafficked by motorcycles, but we didn't encounter them or anyone else on a weekday in June. These directions take you to a parking lot that appears to offer access to a variety of trails, based on a motorcycle map present in the parking area. The trail that is immediately obvious is the Excelsior Trail, which is a loop. How to get to other trails is unclear. Trail signage is where this trail system is lacking.

A wonderful out and back trail. It's about 4.5 miles to the next River Crossing. It's in full shade and it's wonderful up-and-down's. You'll get a work out no matter what your fitness level in. Many people use it for trail running. Lots of opportunities for nude sunbathing, bongo drumming and pot smoking too.

Has nice water falls, we went to the wrong trail head first that didn't have a sign, then found the one that says independence trail head. We did the whole Jones bar loop, not too hard just long. Took about 4 hours with stopping by the water for lunch.

Wonderful Trail. Great for hotter days as it has lots of trees as well as options to go to Jones Bar on the South Yuba trail. It follows a gold rush era flume so amazing rock work abounds. As other reviewers have noted some repair is needed on some of the bridges but it is easy to access the salamander viewing area and the wonderful swimming areas.

24 days ago

Beautiful hike with so much variety. It would be a 5 star for sure if there wasn't the most mosquito hawks / mosquitos / poison oak I've ever seen in my life.

Just make sure to carry lots of good repellent with you as the bugs are out at all hours of the day, and wear pants to protect yourself from the poison oak and overgrown sections of the trail, which are plentiful.

Tons of awesome little waterfalls, walking bridges, butterflies, caterpillars, wild flowers, non-poisonous snakes, and even found 2 tiny little scorpions under rocks!

Backpacked out for 2 nights. The camp spots are few and far between - 2.75 miles 7.3, 7.5 miles 10.67 miles...at least on my GPS. Didn't go past that, but that's literally ALL the viable sites we came across.

25 days ago