Cascade Canal Trail

EASY 31 reviews

Cascade Canal Trail is a 8.6 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
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
547 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

22 days ago

great easy trail. easy for wife with bad knees. fairly shady on this day will come back and walk again.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail offering something for everyone

hiking
4 months ago

Such a cool beautiful trail. Would recommend this trail. The trail is wide & smooth so perfect for strollers

4 months ago

a nice easy trail for winter:)

7 months ago

I agree with the other post that using the in app directions took me to a spot that appeared to have no trail head. I did however see a swinging gate after I pulled a U turn to Gracie Rd which might have been the entrance? Trail head parking on Gracie had no fee.

There are several spots that are quite nice with views of only the forest, but also the trail along the canal you can see backs of houses so not a totally immersive experience in nature. The majority of the trail is flat. I hiked 4 miles in and out.

8 months ago

Great shade the whole trail, not much traffic. All friendly doggies running off leash. Our vizsla had a great run!

walking
9 months ago

Really nice lightly trafficked walking trail. Excellent for a beginner!!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice and easy, but lots of people.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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

trail running
Thursday, March 16, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

walking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice flat trail. Great for kids and dogs. Shady

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