Chalk Bluff Loop is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,833 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching


5 months ago

Fantastic afternoon of cross country skiing on the day after Thanksgiving through these beautiful woods. I didn’t do the whole loop but what I did was super skiable. Trails are indeed very difficult to stay on, but it’s hard to go too wrong in here with Hwy 20 and the Pioneer Trail nearby also.

Tue Jun 06 2017

Beautiful trail. This is a multi-use trail that is clearly heavily trafficked by motorcycles, but we didn't encounter them or anyone else on a weekday in June. These directions take you to a parking lot that appears to offer access to a variety of trails, based on a motorcycle map present in the parking area. The trail that is immediately obvious is the Excelsior Trail, which is a loop. How to get to other trails is unclear. Trail signage is where this trail system is lacking.

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