Scotts Flat Trail

MODERATE 14 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

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5 days ago

Went over the weekend. Be wary of wildlife but very well maintained trail and a fairly easy walk other than the distance. While I was hiking this trail I got about 2/3 of the way there and was told that there was a mama bear and her cubs drinking at the lake. Didn’t want to disrupt the bears and cause a problem so I turned around. Frustrated because I drove from an hour and a half away but I guess that’s part of being in the outdoors.

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14 days ago

Easy. Few MTBers. Shaded. No bugs. Very clean, well-maintained trail. Get there early as the parking fills up. Will try and camp and hike next time. Great area.

1 month ago

Fun... lots of switchbacks. Nice break at the lake shore.

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2 months ago

This trail is smooth & peaceful, there was hardly anyone hiking so it was nice being alone without a whole lot of traffic. I'm definitely going back.

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4 months 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.

4 months ago

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5 months 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.

6 months ago

An absolute blast up or down!

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Monday, June 01, 2015