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.
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.
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.
Nice flat trail. Great for kids and dogs. Shady