Humbug Trail to the Yuba River

MODERATE 23 reviews

Humbug Trail to the Yuba River is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alleghany, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

forest

river

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

hiking
6 days ago

Super pretty trail all the way down to the river. It's shaded with lots of greenery. There are some pretty difficult parts of this trail. Rock scrambling and some very narrow parts with steep drops. I suggest you be in pretty good shape for the climb back up. Bring a backpack with water, food, and salt tabs.
The drive there was pretty confusing. We clicked on the directions button and followed that. Windy narrow road that turns to rough dirt road after crossing the river. Continue up for about 7 miles. If you are following GPS, it will show you have arrived before you actually have arrived at the trailhead. Keep driving and you will see the humbug trail sign and a small turnout to park. On the way out, we drove the other direction through North Broomfield. Follow the paved road and it takes you back to 49. It's a longer drive, but better than the dirt.

hiking
12 days ago

awesome trail. lots of flowers blooming and hardly anyone on the trail.
cool views of the water leading up to the yuba river.
a few steep hills but nothing extreme.

backpacking
3 months ago

I’ve gone backpacking to the primitive site several times over the past seven years.
I did this trail most recently as just a day hike. It took me and my boyfriend a couple hours and we had an amazing time. The humbug falls looked great and I can’t wait to go back when it gets warmer and stay the night!
There is a picnic area right before you reach the primitive campground where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat. The view is pretty amazing!
There are wild flowers and moss and lots of shade.
Do not go off the trail ever. There is a lot of poison oak.
Bring lots of water, unless you are planning on going down to the river.
There is a small area about two miles from the trailhead, where I could see myself having difficulty getting up and down if I was backpacking alone.
Over the past few years, they trail has been really revamped and there are a lot of improvements that you may not have seen if you haven’t been back in a while.
GETTING THERE:
Do not try and use your GPS. Follow the directions listed on the Malacoff Diggins website to get to the town.
If you use your GPS, you will have to go down an unpaved road for seven miles and it’s very confusing.
If you go in the spring of summer bring lots and lots of bug spray. This trail has lots of shade so sunscreen is advised, but you will probably survive. Bring bug spray!

3 months ago

This is my favorite hike in the area. Beautiful walk through forrest alongside a lush creek with a stunning waterfall. The trail terminates at the South Yuba trail, at which point you can simply enjoy the river view, or continue hiking. Enough hills to provide a workout, but not grueling.

camping
3 months ago

found this tail a couple years ago with my son going for an overnight camping trip. we had no expectations or ideas about it. it has a few steep areas, thought it was harder hiking in then out. After the first big hill you're hiking along side a creek with multiple waterfalls that eventually ems at the Yuba river. it's a lightly hiked trail, we saw less then 10 people hike it. most purple hiked or biked in from the old campsite. it was a challenging hike but we'll worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail along creek, fun for me and my 7 year old son. Would be good for horses up to the falls, then narrow bridge and rock ledge would treacherous to cross and continue to Yuba River.

hiking
8 months ago

About 6 miles like the other reviews say but totally worth the hike once you get to the end. Beautiful View of Yuba river,and the water is so refreshing and amazing.The way back was almost all up hill so that was a down side in the heat but I would definitely recommend going in the cooler seasons. Also,a lot of poison oak almost the entire way there.

hiking
8 months ago

As others have mentioned, it's about 6 miles r/t. Beautiful hike, very scenic and shady the entire time. This is rated as moderate, which I agree with, but any more climbing and it would be hard imo. And yes, don't forget your bug spray, had to spit at least 3 of them out of my mouth on the way back!

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible hike! The scenery will not disappoint. Easy on the way in, a little steep on the way back. Some areas get pretty narrow and steep so watch your step; one fall in some areas and you're toast. Bring bug spray! There are a lot of pockets of still water at the start of the trail which means lots of mosquitos. I used insect repellent and was getting swarmed still. Patches of poison oak here and there but it's avoidable. Perfect for a day hike. Driving there was a bit hard, very windy roads and a few miles of very rough dirt road. Very worth it though!

hiking
11 months ago

Lovely trail. Clocks at about 6.5 miles though, not 4.9. Some tricky, skinny and slippery rock ledges/scrambles to manage - harder because it was raining. This trail is shady and quiet, rich with waterfall and cascading creek views. This trail is a "no dogs allowed" trail (clearly marked), but for some reason there is always someone who feels this doesn't apply to them (for the reviewer who says they are not sure why there is a sign - it's because them's the rules and you're breaking them!)

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Awesome trail along the river. nice picnic area​ at the end. watch for poison oak!

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

great hike if you're not afraid of drop offs. beautiful waterfall along the way. great climb. lots and lots of poison oak so be aware! river destination is great! in November there were millions of lady bugs. there are couple rock sections on trail to be solid footed, not bad though if you're a hiker. have done it several times, with my dog too so I'm not sure why there is a sign!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Very nice hike. Clocked it in at 6 miles total not 4 though. Not very many people on the trail. The trail hugs the river for most of the hike and it's really beautiful. Miles 2-3 of the hike in are where the trail starts to get a little sketchy. Narrow trail right on a cliff but doable. Also the sign for the trail said no bikes or dogs. We didn't see any bikes but did see a few people with dogs. All in all good hike.

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hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016