Scotts Flat Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Scotts Flat Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

6.7 miles
1049 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers



Nice shady hike through Ponderosa Pines, descending from Highway 20 to Scotts Flat Reservoir. This trail is a well maintained, moderate, out-and-back, starting at highway 20 and descending to Scotts Flat Reservoir. It is used by both hikers and mountain bikers, with nicely banked curves and lots of well maintained variation to keep the mountain bikers happy. The grades are not too steep as the entire descending portion of the trail is a series of switchbacks. Bicyclists may find it more enjoyable to take the trail on the way down and ride back up on Scotts Flat Road. At the reservoir there are boat rentals and a small bait shop with drinks (if it's open). There is also a small store at the campground, which has drinks and snacks.

3 days ago

The entrance is difficult to find. Park at the store on the North side of hwy 20 and walk East about a block. The trail starts at the Tahoe forest sign. Great family hike on Father's Day.

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1 month ago

Pretty solid hike. Really nice and manageable trail, although really muddy and a little washed out in a lot of spots near the bottom of the trail. Was my first hike on this app, so didn't realize the start of he hike was the highest elevation and the climbing was all on the way back, but still good. Forest was super peaceful and the lake was stunning.

2 months ago

An absolute blast up or down!

Monday, June 01, 2015