Hoyt Trail

MODERATE 21 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.

1.6 miles
216 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






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.

21 minutes ago

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

2 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.

3 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.

6 months ago

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

9 months ago

nude beach at far end of trail.

10 months ago

Great hike and water was cold but very refreshing

11 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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.!

5 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Thursday, May 09, 2013