Explore the most popular birding trails in South Yuba River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great easy hike. Found a few newts along the way. The end has a beautiful view of the river.

Beautiful hike with great river views. lots of poison oak.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice & easy hike. Definitely a great scenery as hike along the river. Nude beach at the end.

Great trail. Took the whole family including my 4yr old. Go to the right if you want to knock out the hills early or left if you want to do the hills at the end.

Gorgeous. We recorded 3.5 miles on this trail.

Nice trail, great views of river, wild flowers beginning to bloom. Take the left entrance to the trail across from the State Parks kiosk. Once you get to the lake, if you continue on the loop, you’ll follow the road up a significantly steep grade, then down some switchbacks to the kiosk. Nice lunch spot at the lake. The meadows at the top of the road were worth the steep climb up the road. All in all a great little hike.

nice trail.. less people than trail by the parking lot..but i would chose the otger trail..butter. than this one just for the views.. but from here you do great view of the old covered bridge..

Great hike. Loved the three different "climates". Especially liked the covered bridge & oak grove. Dogs did good. Parking lot was full when we left around noon. Glad we got there early (10am).

Great hike and well marked. Will be back with the pups! If you’re looking for more a quieter hike, this is it! Had the trail all to myself!

great views & trail was maintained well. yuba river is wild & strong river.

Nice easy trail. I liked the other end of this trail better though. Also, watch out for wasps; my daughter and I both got stung about a third of the way through the hike and it burned the whole time and even after.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Definitely a favorite. I loved that you could hear the water running along the whole trail. Tons of stairs on this hike, good work out.

A beautiful trail, if you go Left to start it’s an easy grade, but if you go right there’s a pretty aggressive climb bordering on moderate difficulty

hiking
3 months ago

love this trail. beautiful, quiet and FUN!!

nice trail veiws were good the trail by the lake reminded me think of hobbits every rock and tree covered in moss

4 months ago

Beautiful trail! You have views from river along with the sound of the river flowing along the entire hike. Once you reach the end you’re at a beautiful beach like area by the crystal clear river and can sit and take it all in.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful quick morning walk today. Agree with the other folks that starting L along the river is the best way to go. It's.nore like easy+. Hills and rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow! Epic views of the yuba... very nice winter hike....Found my first Geocache by accident... Fun!

Beautiful trail. We saw no one else. Shady. Amazing views at the end. A bit rocky at some points. But well maintained trial. Can’t wait to go again in spring.

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

7 months ago

Favorite swimming hole! Walk the entire loop for different creatures. We ran into a family of deer!

hiking
8 months ago

Great little hike. Beautiful views of Lake Engelbright and the canyon. There is a nice sandy beach at Defiance Point.

hiking
8 months ago

loved it. looks out at a beautiful valley. came early to watch the sunrise and it was amazing. interpretive signs are cool talking about the trees and the mines in the area. short little easy hike. brought our dog with us.

I needed a flat trail and this served the purpose for sure! The scenery en route was pretty boring, but the swimming hole you get to at the end is incredible! Heads up, clothing optional swimming, if that's your thing or it isn't.

Definitely better views than the West trail. Had to scare a rattlesnake off the trail. Very flat, easy walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Not a lot of scenery at the start of the trail however it is very nice as you approach the river and lake may be difficult for dogs since it is rockyin parts

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty good places to swim water is emerald green could have a bit of fun tubing as well

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this today in the peak heat of the day, yet because there is a lot of shade cover for most of the path up to the scenic view at the end of the trail (and because I brought my shade umbrella and lots of water), this was doable (sweaty but doable). There are a lot of blackberry brambles to ensnare you all along the way. I got tangled in some vicious overhanging brambles with my umbrella, and drew some blood on my ankles and legs, but poison oak was not on the trail in any significant way (mostly I saw it at the end among the rocks). I enjoyed this hike, despite it being a bit out of a drive outside of Nevada City. I was the only one on the trail (of course, it was 100 degrees when I was hiking, so no one else was crazy enough to pick that time of day!)
If you need the Google GPS coords: 39°22'50.5"N 121°08'56.0"W.
I recorded elevation gain of 965ft, 5.1 miles (though I did accidentally go down a private road when I wasn't paying attention, and it was all down hill, and then all back up hill again).

Easy and very beautiful trail. It is a pity that there is not enough funding to restore the covered bridge.

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