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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.

Really great trail, easy to follow and I can see this being family friendly, a large stretch could easily be used for a stroller if you have small kids.

Random, I pulled over 50 ticks of my German Shepherd. And 5 ticks off my Lab. The lab tends to not be interested in bushes or smelling, so he stays center to the trail. But the Shepherd loves to run through bushes and sniff, so maybe there were a lot in the tall grasses?

I’d still come back, but maybe during a different time of year.

Excellent workout. keep an eye on the map. You don't wanna miss a turn. Bridge is slippery when wet. 1.5 to 2 hour hike.

We enjoyed hiking the West Independence Trail yesterday. We just wanted to point out that we pulled over thirty ticks off our Vizsla and several off of ourselves.

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I highly reccomend hiking this after the rains the trail does not get muddy and it is nice to see the river running fast.It is a very safe trail during the winter months since you are a safe distance from the river but still have the views.

Awesome trail can walk down to the river pretty chill!

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1 month ago

on South Yuba Trail

1 month ago

Certain areas of the trail have rocks so need to be careful, but its a beautiful trail with awesome views.

1 month ago

beautiful view

Well shaded. Easy walking surface. Great view at the end.

Shady +, not much climb -, cool bridges ++

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