Jones Bar and West Trail Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews

Jones Bar and West Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.7 miles
741 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




no dogs

2 days ago

24 days ago

Has nice water falls, we went to the wrong trail head first that didn't have a sign, then found the one that says independence trail head. We did the whole Jones bar loop, not too hard just long. Took about 4 hours with stopping by the water for lunch.

1 month ago

Took me about 5 hours to complete the whole trail with a 6 year old and a 9 year old that was determined not to give up until they saw the water. It was muddy in some areas I do recommend boots. and bring mosquito repellent. plenty of nice places to stop and have a snack or lunch. lots of lizards and butterflies. ***beware, tons poison oak*** stay on the trails with the kids.

1 month ago

Could not find the trail head. Did independence east instead. Later discovered if I would have taken the west trail I would have merged with Jones bar. Why are the maps at the trail head so crappy?

2 months ago

amazing hike and views... parts are submerged in water but if you don't mind getting wet...just be careful where you step..numerous salamanders on this hike.

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8 months ago

Trail starts with a pretty intense decline. Creek is really pretty and the views are nice. My kids loved all the little bridges.

9 months ago

Great workout. Starts off with a pretty good decent. Beautiful scenery. We came back the way we went in and the way back up was tough (for me). Well worth it though.

10 months ago

Parts of the trail were easy, but to reach the swimming hole be prepared for very vertical hiking. Loose rocks and poison oak, and came across rattle snakes. But the view was worth it and was a great workout! Would not recommend bringing your dog unless it is used to hiking harder trails.

11 months ago

It's a gorgeous trail with lots of vertical inclines and declines BUT trail markers are hard to find or non-existent. Bring your map.

Monday, June 20, 2016

lots of Mosquitos but very beautiful scenery and great hike

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Starts pretty intense downhill in a washout and then a more gradual uphill climb after the creek and parallel to the river. The loop back was pretty, flat and shady. LOTS of poison oak though! The bridge walkway over the creek is very cool.

Monday, May 02, 2016

This is the west Independence Trail just using the road to create a loop. For those looking at the Independence Trail on alltrails the GPS instructions to get to the start of the hike will lead you down a 4 x 4 dirt road with nowhere really to park, it's better to start off of the highway as indicated by this trail. Same trail just starts a different spot

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Poison oak!! Everywhere! Luckily I'm not as sensitive to it as my mom is... she survived though. Downhill for a while and then uphill. The uphill on the way back is intense. Very pretty trail though!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016