Hoyt Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Hoyt Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Out and back to a nice swimming area. This trail leads to swimming holes along the South Yuba River and historic Hoyt Crossing, a popular hangout for skinny-dippers and other river lovers in summer. Southern exposure means warmth on cool days and wildflowers in the spring. An optional extension up the old Hoyt Crossing Road makes for a vigorous 4.5-mile in-and-out hike.

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful! We went at 11am on a Wednesday and had no issues with parking or crowds. We hiked (kids & adults) about a mile down the trail until cutting over to the river for a swim. We were completely left alone and found the water, trails, climb to be quite manageable for the able body person. There were more people on the trail as we headed back, but nothing to complain about. The trail itself I would rate as easy, the scaling of rocks to get down to the water I would rate as moderate, but that all depends on where you choose to stop.

hiking
14 days ago

Got an early start - 8:30 AM - wave of visitors began around 10:30 AM. After that, far too many people on the trail and in the rapids. Swam in the river afterward, for 2 hours, downstream near the bridge. Many male exhibitionists upstream at Hoyt. Not sure what compels people to do that; wasn't the nature experience I was looking for. Still amazed at individuals who show up on these trails wearing footwear inadequate for the terrain. Darwin comes to mind.

1 month ago

Loved that you can hear (and mostly see) the rushing water all along this trail! Definitely gets every muscle working. Lots of stairs, flora, and a couple of streams. Didn't realize the end beach was a nudists beach until I read the reviews (after the fact). There were some swimmers there, but didn't notice if they were in their birthday suits. Some families with kids were hiking this trail, so hopefully they didn't encounter any nudists. Will definitely do this hike again. Praise the Lord for such beautiful creation!

2 months ago

really nice trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice & easy hike. Definitely a great scenery as hike along the river. Nude beach at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Definitely a favorite. I loved that you could hear the water running along the whole trail. Tons of stairs on this hike, good work out.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail! You have views from river along with the sound of the river flowing along the entire hike. Once you reach the end you’re at a beautiful beach like area by the crystal clear river and can sit and take it all in.

10 months ago

Favorite swimming hole! Walk the entire loop for different creatures. We ran into a family of deer!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

nude beach at far end of trail.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great hike and water was cold but very refreshing

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

great hike. quick elevation change early on, but no problems. Water is 3 to 5 feet higher by local reports. friendly people with lots of sun area.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great little hike!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Very easy trail, one of my favorite swimming holes on all of the South Yuba. does end at a nude beach so that can ruin it for the people not into that type of thing, but myself, I have no issue. Everyone stays to themselves and out of State Park area so some cold beers and a nice cigar makes for a great trip. But please pick up your bottles and don't leave trash.

Friday, March 31, 2017

As the other reviews note, the end of this trail leads to a NUDE BEACH. For those of us who enjoy some sun on our bums, this place could not get any better. The gay section is mostly across the river (around the big rocks and bushes, duh).

Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful private swimming holes all along the trail. Several cool mining claim signs warning that you will be prosecuted if you steal minerals from their site. Steep in spots and cliff areas. All manageable by most people.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

A beautiful adventure. Went at sunrise on a weekday, so only encountered a few others. I didnt realize it had a nudist beach ... that explains the naked couple. I definietly recommend and will be going back.

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Perfect hike! During the week it's so nice, but weekends are super busy! It's an easy hike, uphill and stairs along the way. It leads to the nude beach, people definitely are free roaming there! Don't suggest bringing the kids if you're not ok with them seeing naked people!
The water is so nice! Don't go past the first water fall, it leads to gross murky/ mossy water.!

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