Hirschman Trail

EASY 35 reviews
#35 of 145 trails in

Hirschman Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a great forest setting 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 but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
439 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips





1 month ago

I loved the first half mile - lots to see and an easy walk for old people and even the disabled. You can roll a wheelchair along without great effort and see plenty from the trail.

The sounds of Highway 49 could be distracting to some but we just accepted it and ignored it. The pond is truly beautiful!

3 months ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

5 months ago

Great trail, easy to find and beautifuil setting! Only con is that it's close to the highway so you can hear the traffic going by in a few spots other then that I loved it, the lake is very peaceful and I loved all the beautiful tress

7 months ago

Very easy to follow trail with minimal elevation change. You either hear road noise or are passing behind homes for the majority of the trail. Definite highlight was finding the blackberry patches and eating all the ripe berries I could find!

8 months ago

This trail was found by accident after trying to locate Deer Creek Tribute Trail (which we never did). I ran into a sheriff who suggested this trail for me and my littles (ages 2, 3, 4). It was perfect! It’s kid friendly, dog friendly (leashed), clearly marked and an easy hike. We hiked to the .75 marker and turned around. Totaling 1.5 miles....the kids all napped on the way home! The trail does run behind a few homes and also parallel to Hwy 49 but that didn’t bother us at all. Only a few times could you actually SEE and hear the highway. It goes around a lovely little pond area with a few benches to sit and break. I have two criticisms. There is no bathroom so go before and also please pick up your dogs poo! We came across many piles of crap left on the trail, nasty!

11 months ago

nice trail, well maintained with a lot of mike markers. easy trail to hike. we really enjoyed the trail.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ok hike but noises are little too much

Saturday, March 04, 2017

This is a very pretty hike, lots of wildlife to see along the way. There is about a 600 foot increase in elevation along the way, and is just over 4 miles out and back. The only downside is that it does run parallel along Highway 49 and at times the traffic noise overrides the noise of the wildlife around you. But still a nice, easy hike we will do again.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Good hike place to kill time while waiting for visitation at county jail to open. Right across the street.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Very pretty. The major plus is convenience - just 4 min from downtown Nevada city. On the downside some of the pay weaves over the road so you don't feel as remote.

Friday, December 25, 2015

I walk this trail frequently, about 1 mile in there is a beautiful large lake/pond. Ver accessible, has signage and its own parking lot. A great 5 mile one way walk!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fun mountain biking trail for beginners.

Friday, February 13, 2015

this is a short trail very close to roads and residents' back yards.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

this is near grass Valley, Nevada city. it's a nice hike to take dogs, kids, older folks. easy mellow relaxing. it does parallel hwy 49 at times but not the busy traffic section. if you live close, it's a great walk in nature. i wouldn't recommend it for a long drive up from Sac when there are endless beautiful hikes in the area. we enjoy it for a stroll after a rain, it's just below snow level, quick walk before dark or before our evening d dinner plans.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

it was an easy one for a first timer like me ...It was close to the road ,alot of shade and wooden walk ways....

Friday, May 02, 2014


Friday, March 28, 2014

I took this walk/hike alone with my dog and thought it was relaxing aside from the occasional hwy noise. It's a dirt, mud trail and isn't as challenging as I like but good for if you've been away for a while and need a start up point again or just want to take a nice easy walk/hike. It's easy to miss when you turn onto Cement Hill Rd. off of 20 so keep a look out almost immediately to your left, directly across from a correctional facility. There's a nice little lake that supposedly has sun fish, crappie, blue gill and some bass (per a fisherman I ran into). Coyote warnings on board in parking lot, parking is free and dog bags available for poop.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

This trail was close to Sacramento so that's a plus. Parking was free. trail was very easy to find. The trail was nice but there were downfalls and most of the view was meh.
pros: beautiful lake view and full of trees.
lots of birds and nice flowery areas.
cons: trail was mostly along the highway which for me killed the seclusion aspect..
Very uncovered shade wise in certain uphill parts making it hard at spots.
Coyote possiblity.
If you take it to the end following Indian flat part of the fork in he trail there's moving at the end just a road so you just have to turn back.
Houses littered around trail.

I hate to be so negative but I can see why there not many reviews. Its a meh trail for me.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Great trail, close to town, with small parking lot off the main highway. Walk it, run it or bike it. Leashed dogs are common. It runs along the highway (so you get road noise) but is shady and pleasant with gentle ups and downs. The pond has a bench nearby for relaxing and enjoying the view. We saw Canada Geese, red-winged blackbirds and several goldfinches.

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