Independence Flat Loop Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, California that features a river 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.

Length4.0 miElevation gain725 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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This is part of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) to Highway 49. A pretty ramble through woodland and rolling foothill rangeland, passing the lonely sites of many vanished gold miners' camps. This trail requires a permit to hike.

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G G
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Beautiful wildflowers. Very pleasant.

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David Castro
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailScramble

This was a great trail, it is rocky but peaceful and beautiful. Seen some horse back riders and others were nice on the trail. I got lost several times which added a mile to my hike. This app saved me and there is cell reception out there, I have AT&T.

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Jessica Ellen
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Small uphill at first but super awesome to take a picnic lunch to the river. Good starting trail for beginner hikers that want to be pushed. Signing out experienced hiker Lacy and Jessica

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Kirill Stoimenov
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Danielle Walker
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Samantha Cooper
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Amazing until you hear road.

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Frances Anderson
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The Middle Bar Road is barely wide enough for one vehicle, with a sheer drop off on one side, and cliff wall on the other--with an occasional narrow pull out. We met a truck coming up, which pulled up against the cliff wall, and we barely scraped by without going off the edge on the other side. We decided to turn around, and never did the hike.

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Jen McDermott
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Loved this hike. Beautifully maintained trail. Clear markers. Gorgeous environment.

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Steve K
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HikingGreat!

Overall a really beautiful trail that requires navigating a slightly intimidating, narrow, winding, 3-mile road. We had to pass a couple of vehicles on the way down and up, but it was not as scary as you would think. We found it difficult to know where to park and get the permit. We parked in the parking lot by the bathrooms, but there were no trailhead signs there. It turns out the trailhead, and a few additional parking spots, are on the other side of the bridge. As others have mentioned, going left at the fork in the road after the trailhead (back toward the river) is advisable; that way, you get the best views of the valley as you come down the back half of the trail and avoid a very steep climb at the beginning of the hike. Would have given 5 stars if part of the hike didn't go so near the highway for about 0.75 mile. Also note that although the signage is fairly clear, the name of the trail on the markers changes from "Independence Flat" to "Ore Cart" about halfway through. Having the trail map from this site up on my phone helped us to make sure we hadn't lost our way.

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Travis Andrews
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HikingGreat!

Great weather conditions today. Trail was easy to follow. It ends up 5.7 miles if you trek down the river access which I recommend. Everything is green this time of year views were amazing. Cool hike.

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Kory Campbell
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Beautiful day. took a 4 year old so only went in about 2 miles and turned around. Narrow path but suitable for kids.

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Brandon Doolan
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When you get to the fork in the loop stay to the left for a gradual rise in elevation over the next 2 miles. If you go right it steep!

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Tessa Solorio
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Yea

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Rolff Christensen
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Talina Blakeslee
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Good trail, agree with the comments to go to the left. There is a spot that tells you where to get your permit at the beginning of the trail, all done online $3 for the day. Our almost 4 year old made it 2 miles, then was carried in a hiking backpack which made the trail more difficult than moderate. It's a tiny one lane road to get to the trail, with some interesting houses along the road. Overall we enjoyed the hike, but probably wouldn't come back.

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Kimyetta Barron
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Nice trail! I would go to the left first.

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Sonia Sonia Mahajan
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HikingFeeGreat!

This was a good trail. Nothing too fancy but gives you peace and quiet. We only saw one person on the trail. It's a gradual incline if you go left and a significant incline of you go right at the fork. You do need a permit btw. It's pretty cheap $3/ day or $10/ year. Apparently this is the water source for Oakland.

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Nicole Greber
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HikingGreat!

Loved this trail! Went left at the fork, much easier to climb over three miles than up one mile. Smelled like fall Didn’t see another person !

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Lisa Moore
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Rob Huff
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ken anello
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Lynell Gifford
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Horseback riding

Sign says no trailers allowed. Bummer we brought our horses to the horse trail. How else do horses get there except for trailers? Narrow, cliffy road getting to the parking lot.

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Josephine Torres
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HikingBugs

Trail was a change if you go right. I wouldn’t recommend for kids. The drive down is not for cars. SUV needed. Completed 6/20/2020

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Theresa Torres
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HikingNo shade

Road in is bad. You need a truck or SUV. Trail was ok. Not much shade.

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Patrick Domench
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Fun easy hike if you stay to the left. If you go right at the fork I hope you are in good shape. The rode to get to the trail head is beat up pretty bad so take a truck or suv or you will bottom out. The trail itself has lots of shade and a couple spots to access the water. There was a sign that said no body contact with the water so idk why they would have water access points.

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Sean Edwards
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Really nice trail. The road in isn’t bad. You can take any type of car. Recommend for any level of hiking

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