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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 bird watching 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

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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.

5 days ago

I had such a fun day hiking this trail and swimming at the end

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rocky
16 days ago

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bugs
over grown
scramble
19 days ago

Loved this trail. Went off and down to the water and scrambled around and built Cairns down by the water. Little fish swam around my feet. Lots of sun, not much shade on the water. Lots of poison oak. Beautiful.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail, some narrow spots with dry loose surface. Also there are a handful of narrow loose steep down chutes to the river, most of them are doable just keep a handhold. We hooked this trail with our German shepherd and 10yr and 12yr old and we had a blast.

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1 month ago

Pretty easy trail, sometimes hard to follow. Went early and had the swimming hole to myself. My dog was the bigger fan.

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1 month ago

Loved it. Did it with my wife, and two kids ages 3 and 1

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rocky
5 months ago

Good view of the bridge’s and the river

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bugs
9 months ago

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail high along the river canyon. Many steep trails that go down to the water before you get to the Hoyt's Crossing. This is a nude area so if you aren't comfortable with that, find a closer to the beginning of the trail.

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10 months ago

Fun hike! Mostly shaded and there are multiple paths to go down to the river. It is a little crowded but if you keep walking you can go to another spot of the river. Put some sunscreen on and grab some snacks. Great low key place to hang out. Dogs allowed!

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rocky
10 months ago

This 'bares' repeating...the area at the end of this trail is a NUDE BEACH. If you going to ruin the chill vibe keeping your clothes on, then please choose a different beach; there are no shortage of them. We nudists thank you!

hiking
Sat Jun 08 2019

Lots of hidden paths to follow. Good, moderate trails to explore and enjoy. Well traveled paths with great views and sound of fast moving water. Breath-taking! Only went 2 miles in but seems to have more less traveled paths for more adventure. Many paths to the water. Thoroughly enjoyed, even for amateur hikers like us.

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Sun May 26 2019

Easy to moderate trail with amazing views. If you’re trying to decide between the Independence Trail and Hoyt, Hoyt is more of a hike along a ridge line with views of the river (through the trees) most of the way. Independence is a walk through the woods with a waterfall halfway through. Hoyt is more of an adventure since you can climb the rocks to the river at the end. Narrow path for the dog but still very doable

Mon May 06 2019

no one told us there is a nude beach at the end hahaha. no one was there.... the beach was BEAUTIFUL and the kids loved the hike

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Sat Apr 27 2019

We love being in nature and this is nature on steroids every which way you walk and look. Easy trail. Maybe more challenging for some to climb down to the river in certain places. Take your time and it is well worth it.

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Tue Apr 16 2019

This is my go-to hike, it’s super mellow and has a great payoff with a lovely rock beach at the end.

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Sat Sep 15 2018

This is an epic place to get a hike and swim in. I have been coming here for years to get a training hike in followed by a swim. There is more trail with some climbing involved. The swimming holes are big enough to get a workout in also. Yes it gets crowded in Summer. Come early. We did a video on the swimming holes on our YouTube channel Chris and Bobs adventure channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpJF3zCamY0

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Thu Aug 09 2018

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.

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Sat Aug 04 2018

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.

Fri Jul 06 2018

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!

Sun Jun 10 2018

really nice trail

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Sun Apr 22 2018

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

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Tue Feb 06 2018

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.

Mon Jan 15 2018

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.

Mon Oct 02 2017

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

Tue Jun 27 2017

nude beach at far end of trail.

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Tue May 23 2017

Great hike and water was cold but very refreshing

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