Humbug Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.9 miElevation gain931 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingForestRiverWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyNo dogs
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Do not use your GPS unless you wish to travel on a dirt road for 7 miles. North Bloomfield Road is not recommended. For an all paved route to the park travel from Nevada City, travel 11-miles north on highway 49 toward Downieville. Turn right on Tyler Foote Road from Highway 49 and follow the main paved road to the park. The main road changes names a few times from Tyler Foote Road to Cruzon Grade Road to Back Bone Road. Turn right on Derbec Road then right on North Bloomfield Road. You will stay on paved roads all the way to the park. These are not high-speed roads. The park is 26-miles (50 min drive time) from Nevada City.

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Jon Bryant
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Beautiful trail. It says on here that no dogs are allowed. This is not true. I asked the park officials at the Museum/Visitors Center and they assured me that dogs ARE allowed on the trail.

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Kaya Hughes
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So green!

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Eleanor Gene
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HikingFeeGreat!Scramble

Beautiful and amazing! Just the right amount of workout and secluded. Only came across a few people on the trail and it’s very shaded. There’s a few rocky spots so use caution when you are climbing over them.

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Cristine Hiker
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Fun trail. The waterfall is beautiful. Lots of shade and not a lot of people which is nice. We followed the instructions written in the tips and it was a beautiful drive.

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Heather Smith
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HikingGreat!

I just went as far as the falls...3.5 mile round trip from the trailhead. Beautiful and shaded most of the way. The trail follows Humbug Creek. There are some pretty steep inclines/descents so I would for sure say this trail is moderate. It was very quiet and peaceful. I was the only one on the trail on a Friday morning and only saw someone back at the trailhead.

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Jamie Friederick
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Nice trail. Went with a doggo and had to really watch the sides. The trail is on a ridge line almost the whole way so it’s narrow and steep. Watch your steps!

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Rhiannon Tice
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Carlos Romero
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Amazing views

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Marlow Bruce
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I really liked this hike. Even though it’s primarily a descent down to the river, and then back up again, it’s got a lot of ups and downs along the way, so it’s a good mix of cardio and more mellow spurts the whole way. The first part is mainly a pine forest, then you eventually get into some rocks where you have to scramble a little bit. It follows the creek all the way down until you reach the Yuba River, which has picnic tables and gorgeous views. You can even hike down to the river a few yards below the viewpoint. It’s not very crowded and most of the trail is in the shade but there are good portions of sun exposure throughout. Trail is narrow so watch where you are going

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Kim Borden
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HikingGreat!

This is a truly stunning trail that is very rewarding. The trail is narrow, rocky and hiking poles are recommended. The view of waterfall and river at the end is incredible. Also, the town is very well maintained and really cool to explore.

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Linda Hite
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A. Schile
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Rhiannon Tice
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Tracy Caldwell
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Jessica Slack
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HikingGreat!

I had a really fun time on this trail today. It’s challenging but rewards you with a fantastic view of the river at the very end of the trail. I recommend bring 32oz of water. Extremely peaceful trail, great hike!

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Brad Friederichs
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it's beautiful this time of year. a little slick from the rain. trail narrow in some spots and some pretty big rocks to navigate. recommend hiking poles. it's an old miners trail so it's up and down and has some steep sections.

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Kerri Ferri
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Elizabeth Alonzo
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Kelli Bratvold
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Beautiful fall colors, water, stone, moss, breezes. Saw a very young bear at the Humbug trail juncture on the way back. Was alone so I spoiled the quiet for a while with claps to let the mom know where I was. Very wonderful late afternoon fall time walk in the woods.

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Frank L
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I didn't do this trail but the rangers told me the trail has been cleared and is open again. They also highly recommend the hike. I look forward to doing it on my next visit.

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Sharon Pinard
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well, it's closed. unsafe condition is what the sign says. so if you're wanting to do this trail may want to look for another just in case

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Olga Zakharenko
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HikingOver grown

This trial is closed for a reason. We had to climb over 28 fallen trees. The path is very narrow so if you trip while climbing over a tree you fall pretty far. But the view of the river at the end was spectacular.

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Gaby Brink
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Hiked this trail even though it was closed. Finally had to turn around after traversing 10 fallen trees — the poison oak was taking over the path too much to walk through wearing shorts. This would be a gorgeous hike but it may be awhile until it reopens.

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Scott Blunk
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Backpacking

Amazing view, trees, waterfalls. Wow

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Eric Wong
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Beware of deer ticks You are on pathed road intermittently for about 2 miles in the first half of the hike. You’ll pass through an old historic town/museum where old French gold miners used to thrive. The second half near the Yuba River is where the scenery is spectacular and there are a number of waterfalls, swimming holes, and cliff diving spots. Recommend doing an out and back going down Humbug Trail to Missouri Bar.

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Jeremy Bersin
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Detlef Osburg
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We hiked this on New Year's Eve as a part of a longer hiking starting at the Missouri Bar Trail and the South Yuba Trail, about 9 miles. This is a longtime favorite and it can be cold. We had perfect weather and there were countless lady bugs at the usual Fir tree at the mouth of Humbug Creek, always a treat on this hike in the late season. There were quite a few down trees with one especially huge Douglas Fir (5' Diameter) blocking the Humbug Trail. Going over it was not an option and It was quite a scramble around it on the steep slope. Check out the photo in the gallery. Highly recommend this hike. Going up the Humbug trail starts out very steep but soon moderates and is spectacular. Some narrow rocky sections. Two bridges span impassable sections. One of these washed out and closed the trail for several years. Glad that they finally replaced it.

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