Independence Trail West is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful hike today! Very dog friendly and the sounds,smells, and foliage were abundant. I can't wait to take my kids and hubby back here. Definitely worth the trip
Pretty easy trail but because of recent weather, there's some muddy spots and downed trees. I was still able to push a stroller from the trailhead to jones bar rd. Had to get a little creative over a couple downed trees. The switchback is still closed pending repairs. Otherwise, a wonderful trail. Useable bathrooms located at trailhead. The trailhead for both west and east starts at the same spot. Clearly marked off of 49 parking available at the actual trailhead. First mile or so is wheelchair accessible. Have fun!
Beautiful easy trail and completely flat for the most part. 3/4/17 we were just out for a drive on 49 and seen the sign. I'm so glad we stopped. Sun was shining and it even hailed a little. The best part of the hike was that the entire trail is wheelchair accessible! But more of a leisurely stroll than a challenging hike. East independence trail was closed due to unsafe condition. We took west and there was a sign saying unsafe structure. A few cones and broken broads from recent weather damage. Creeped me out a lil but safe none the less.
Really cool trail.. antique bathrooms ... lol. Great for kids. Some parts are stroller friendly, some not so much. The views were pretty good. The sounds from the river i could listen to for hours!!! Looking forward to going back when the trail is cleaned up a bit. There was a huge tree blocking it so there was no getting through.
This is a good beginner trail. It is dog friendly and all trails are marked. Very flat but easy to find off hwy 49
Beautiful shaded easy hike
Like walking through fern gully - perfect November hike - waters rushing and everything is green and full of life. Totally easy to get to and parking is plentiful. The trail is well maintained! There are a few places where cones are set on the mountainside walkway, but nothing in real disrepair - the waterfall outlook is closed right now for new construction but that didn't stop us from visiting it off the beaten path - all in all it's a flat, easy and enjoyable way to get out of the city! Heads up though - this time of year wear hiking boots, tennis shoes will get soggy!
Easy but needs repair, see photo.
Great for kids! Enchanting and really nice trail for any age. My grandson called it being in a dream... He's age 6, nice to view the world through little ones eyes.
Really gentle trail that's got nice bridges and rocks. Great trail to hike with small kids.
Easy, neat little trail. Way easy for kids. Bummer the ramp to the creek was closed.
Love the views!! Trail was very picturesque and heading down to the river was definitely worth it.