Cascade Canal Trail

EASY 12 reviews

Cascade Canal Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
19 days ago

Very easy trail. Virtually no elevation change. There is a slight elevation gain starting from the Gracie Road trailhead. I recommend starting here because there is a small parking lot at the trailhead. The other end has limited parking.

We did the complete out and back (9 miles). You can go as far in as you like and head back. The trail is well-maintained and very easy to walk on in low tops or sneakers - it's just a little dusty when it's been dry out. Since the trail runs along a small canal and is mostly shaded, it stays relatively cool.

We completed this hike in early June and did not find it overrun with people. We got a late start at 11am. Most of the walkers, dog-walkers, bikers, and runners were local, but we never felt as though it was crowded when compared with other local hikes.

If you are looking for a challenging trail with hiking up and down, this is not for you. If you're looking to go a fair distance on relatively level ground, this is a very nice hike.

walking
1 month ago

Nice and easy, but lots of people.

1 month ago

Very easy hike right in town! There were some beautiful views. It does run along the NID behind people's homes, but it doesn't distract from the mostly natural setting.

DO NOT trust the directions you get by clicking the 'get directions' button on the page. It doesn't even get you close. Get directions to Gracie Rd and you'll see the signs.

Light traffic in early afternoon. My dog had a blast!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice easy hike can be down with dogs and small children. It's flat enough you could also run the trail.

trail running
3 months ago

Pretty easy trail, great for dogs because there is water the whole way. Keep the dogs in leash because mountain bikers can be frequent. I found the Gracie area a prettier place to park, if you want to up the distance to the 10 mile mark, you can cross Red Dog and the trail continues. I found it easier to run back to Gracie because although the trail is nearly level, the slight grade makes the flowing water feel like you are running down a steeper slope than you actually are.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, easy trail but a little muddy right now by the second mile due to all the rain and melting snow. Bring towels if you have a dog. Saw a few other hikers with dogs, a handful of joggers, and one or two bikes but the trail is wide enough that there is no issue. It is amazing to me that the miners were able to keep the flume sloping down so evenly. You would never know the canal is sloping down except for the water gently flowing along. The parking lot on Gracie holds 8-10 cars but there is a open area at the corner of Gracie and Banner you can use if you get there later in the day. Banner Lava Cap Rd does not have an exit off Hwy49 so get off on Brunswick and go east to the second left, Old Tunnel Rd. It will take you up to Banner and just take a right.Gracie is a couple of miles down on the left.

hiking
4 months ago

walking
7 months ago

Nice flat trail. Great for kids and dogs. Shady