Sierra Discovery Trail

EASY 30 reviews
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Sierra Discovery Trail is a 0.8 mile loop trail located near Alta, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from December until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

waterfall

The PG & E Sierra Discovery Trail loop is an interesting, and easy interpretive trail, explaining the geology and ecology of the Bear Valley and the Sierra Nevada. The trail starts out as pavement crossing a bridge over the Bear River. To get to 12 ft. Bear River Falls, go left here (now on a dirt trail) and you'll see the falls shortly on your left. After seeing the waterfall, continue on the loop trail back around to the parking lot. Although mostly dirt, the trail is suitable for wheelchairs with some help (but note, it is easier to go right on the loop trail after crossing the bridge).

hiking
6 days ago

Great family friendly trail! We will be back!

18 days ago

The trail is very clearly marked and easy to find. There are two small waterfalls. The trail is in good condition and there are great interpretive signs describing the wildlife, trees, etc. This is a good easy trail, lots of shade, lots of water. There are bathrooms and a water spigot.

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2 months ago

A beautiful but short interpretive trail. Bear River falls is a nice feature and the forest is a beautiful mix of Oak, pine, Alder and Cedar. I did run into a Rattlesnake on trail. Be alert.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a pleasant trail. The waterfall was obscured by trees though.

Also don't pay attention to the long line to the interstate, I forgot to turn it off

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

This trail has been upgraded and is now a fantastic walk...along the river, by the falls, through a marsh. Best thing are the new nature signs, with insights about the plants, birds, reptiles and trees in the area. PGE has done a better job than many of the State Parks nature trails! The kiosk also offer an explanation about the complex interaction of the Yuba and Bear Rivers...so close and yet representing two completely separate watersheds(now combined through the use of penstocks).

4 months ago

8 months ago

Cool hike. Spotted a heart stump and unexpected waterfall!

10 months ago

walking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Good for beginners and kids. Lots if signs along the way from which the kids can learn. The description says mountain biking, but there are signs that clearly say biking is not allowed. Bathrooms are stinky with lots of flies

walking
Friday, July 15, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016

Super easy, short hike and lots of water:) The falls are beautiful and easy to get down to. Nice picnic area in the shade and right next to the water. If you walk across the street you can sit next to a small waterfall by the bridge. This is a great trail for kids since it's short and easy and lots to look at. The only two concerns we had were 1) Bathrooms very dirty/smelly so don't go in there

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016