Independence Trail West

EASY 91 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

The trail is very accessible, easy to follow, and not super crowded. The Switchback is closed unfortunately which was the cool part, and the trail ends suddenly at a road. Bathrooms at the trail entrance, use at your own discretion!

hiking
3 days ago

Great shaded trail wide enough for stroller (jogging style). No inclines or declines so it was a nice smooth walk or jog. Lots of spots to stop along the way for a break if needed to. Not sure though how far it goes as we only got about about 1.69mi in and there was a large tree across path blocking our safe route with stroller so we called it quits and headed back unfortunately. Would like to try East side next time and see where that goes. Not a ton of parking so get their fairly early. Bathrooms are right at beginning of trail only (pretty typical of a trail of course). After the trail head back in your car another quarter mile up the road and take a nice dip in the beautiful scenic river which also offers more trails but for more advanced hikers.

hiking
12 days ago

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23 days ago

Easy interesting trail and very pretty. We took a detour via the jones bar trail down to the river and that part was definitely challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

The bridge was in accessable when we went (October) but otherwise a gorgeous little trek.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

very beautiful trail!! cool stuff to see from back in the mining days

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail. Really enjoyable views while walking. Even though it's popular, there was quite a distance of time between seeing people.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, very pretty.
We did bump it up and did the East, West, and the Jones Bar Loop for a total of 10 miles. Jones Bar Rd. isn't as pretty or well marked; but a great hill workout, with a beautiful pool and falls at the bottom of the steep, rocky trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike

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hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful Trail. Great for hotter days as it has lots of trees as well as options to go to Jones Bar on the South Yuba trail. It follows a gold rush era flume so amazing rock work abounds. As other reviewers have noted some repair is needed on some of the bridges but it is easy to access the salamander viewing area and the wonderful swimming areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Not my favorite trail. Flat. Boring. The part of the trail that is basically a long bridge, needs serious work. There were cones covering up many holes and a lot of the boards are split all the way down the middle. Very unsafe in my opinion. The creek and river were rushing, nice to see so much water lately, but you can find that all over the place.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail but very crowded in the summer. Like that there are stairs right down to the water.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was definitely not wheelchair accessible. There were rocks and trees blocking the path and it was narrow, overgrown, and muddy in many places.

It was pretty easy and mostly flat. We didn't enjoy it too much, especially after you pass the wooden bridge the path isn't maintained well and for some odd reason my gf and I both got a spooky feeling the further we went but we finished the hike and we were safe.

The first mile or so of the hike is the best and all you really need to enjoy it. The bridge and the walkway leading down to the water is the best part but we don't plan on going back.

3 months ago

Absolutely love this trail! Can't wait to go back to explore a little more! Great place for photographs .. kid friendly. Absolutely beautiful! One thing I didn't like was all the poison oak EVERYWHERE!