Independence Trail West

EASY 120 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
390 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Highly recommended for fun and family day. It’s totally shady trail and easy

4 days ago

Nice, easy and well maintained trail...until you get to the end part which looks overgrown but it’s still nice all the same.

10 days ago

I was not disappointed with this trail! Lush green ferns, wooden bridges, beautiful waterfalls and well maintained trails. There is plenty of shade to keep you cool. This is now one of my favorite places to hike!

hiking
15 days ago

This is such a nice trail and such an easy path to follow. The best feature is the bridge. A little disappointed in the end of the trail until my son found a beautiful spot to sit and look over the valley and river below. I’ll be back to this one.

15 days ago

Loved this Trail.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike, kid friendly & easy for non hikers. picnic areas. Options in the area to lengthen your hike.

23 days ago

great family hike.

23 days ago

Great trail for family!!!!

1 month ago

Great easy hike! Lots of trees, and all flat trail. During the wet times of the year you may find some cool red salamanders! The trail is not a loop, so if that’s what you’re looking for it isn’t this

1 month ago

Great for the kids

1 month ago

simple access. good parking but the trail is partially cut off so you can't make a loop.

2 months ago

Really great trail, easy to follow and I can see this being family friendly, a large stretch could easily be used for a stroller if you have small kids.

Random, I pulled over 50 ticks of my German Shepherd. And 5 ticks off my Lab. The lab tends to not be interested in bushes or smelling, so he stays center to the trail. But the Shepherd loves to run through bushes and sniff, so maybe there were a lot in the tall grasses?

I’d still come back, but maybe during a different time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

We enjoyed hiking the West Independence Trail yesterday. We just wanted to point out that we pulled over thirty ticks off our Vizsla and several off of ourselves.

3 months ago

beautiful view

hiking
3 months ago

Shady +, not much climb -, cool bridges ++

hiking
4 months ago

It depends what you're trying to do here. If you want a work out, this isn't the trail for you. Extremely flat but very pretty especially during the rainy season. The trail itself is very well maintained, but the bridge and the "Switchback" area I believe it is called need some major love. Lots of holes in the boards, not the most inviting

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty hot, flat hike, the switchback wasn’t open.

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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.

6 months 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.

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