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Beautiful trail with a lot of shade which made running in the heat on Saturday an enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend doing as an out and back or point-to-point though versus the loop. Main reason is last 4-5 miles runs along Marysville Road which is okay (although not nearly as enjoyable as running along the river) until trail dead ends and you’re literally on the road for about the last mile or so. Busy roadway with sections that don’t have much of a shoulder and not great view for drivers coming around corners. Also, about 5.5 in (starting from Vista point) trail dead ends into camp ground - to stay on trail veer right up paved road to boat ramp, go left through parking lot to stairs, follow stairs down and continue on trail to second boat ramp. Look for wheelchair access ramp by bathrooms. That’s where the trail picks back up. Took the help of a ranger to find it. Would do again as an out and back.

5 months ago

What a delightful surprise our June day-trip with our two young kids and two dogs turned out to be! The lake is gorgeous, the trails were lush and shady, the water perfect for swimming. We found a secluded spot and, other than boaters out on the lake, saw few other people. We’re definitely going back!

5 months ago

True, not much scenery other than the lake but a decent hike. Took my 12 yr old daughter and we trekked 6 miles of it. Took our 10 month old Husky/Shepard mix. He had a great time.

Did this trail as an extra mileage add-on to an overnight trip on the Halls Ranch trail. I went about 2 miles beyond the junction of the two trails. The path was nice, consisting of relatively moderate grades along the ridge once the initial climb from the trail head is endured. The first part is relatively shadeless among manzanita, but that soon gives way to taller pines. There are some nice spots to see the surrounding ridges and also the canyon of North Fork of the Yuba River below.

7 months ago

I did this as a solo overnight backpacking trip to test new gear for an upcoming long distance trip (JMT) in the summer. 2800 up and 1200 down on day 1, 1600 up and 3300 down on day 2 (including side trip on Fiddle Creek Ridge Trail). On this April day, I started encountering snow around 4000 and found significant coverage at 4300.

Trail started at Highway 49 rising 1500 feet up over several switchbacks to the top Fiddle Creek Ridge. From there one can get a view of the surrounding mountains. Continuing on, I went 500 foot down to Fiddle Creek. There is no bridge here, and early spring runoff prevented any rock hopping. I crossed in my water shoes with no issues, about 18 inches deep. Next, up the hill 700 feet to about the 4300 foot elevation. Started to see snow, but after a short level section the trail went down again 600 feet to Little Fiddle Creek and another creek crossing (shorter crossing but slightly deeper). Then up again 600 feet to the snowline, which was encountered right after the single track trail transitioned to fire road. I did not want to trudge through the snow, so I found a camp spot on a section of old fire road, just off the main trail. Next morning I went back the other direction, crossing two creeks and back up to the main ridge. I decided to travel along a couple miles of the Fiddle Creek Ridge trail in order to increase the total mileage of the trip.

What I liked: I enjoyed the lack of people on the trail. A dirt biker passed me on day 1, and didn't see anyone else until noon the next day when I crossed paths with a small group of day hikers.

Things I didn't like: There were a few vistas but overall less scenery than some of the higher Sierra trails. Also a lack of suitable camping locations. I didn't find anything easily accessible by the creeks. The best spot was on a ridge at 4100 feet near the end of the trail, and was not near any water.

This trail would be suitable for an early season trip when the higher elevations are still snowed in.

9 months ago

not much of a scenery except the lake, yet decent and not crowded all day hike. 15.5 miles


This links up with some lovely trails, but I wouldn't approach them from this trailhead again.
There is no signage for the trailhead, just a dirt pull off next to a private driveway, but the trail is broad, well maintained, and easy to find from there. We opted to do the entire outer loop starting with the right-hand trail, 8 Ball, first, and 8 Ball is a four-mile walk down Marysville Rd. At times you're actually walking on the shoulder of the road; not exactly tranquil. During this stretch you do a fair amount of crossing roads and other trails with no signage in any direction, and I was glad to have the map on this app running to refer to. After four miles, you reach the Rebel Ridge trailhead, at which point the trail heads down through beautiful forrest to a lovely walk along Bullards Bar. From there on out the hike was very enjoyable. I will definitely avoid the portion of trail that runs along the road in the future. This was a fairly gentle hike, rolling hills without much serious up-hill, and almost entirely under cover of forrest.

horseback riding
11 months ago

Beautiful views and had it all to ourselves. Creek is gorgeous! It’s single track with sharp switch backs and pockets of rock scree on steep slope sides that would feel technical and challenging for some horses and riders.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Love this place. Beautiful, moderate hike that's not crowded at all. I go here a few times a month.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Easy and looooong indeed. A few notes on this trail for the summer that others didn't mention:
- lots of houseboaters, water skiiers, and fishers on the lake, so the west side of the trail is hardly secluded and sometimes less than quiet.
- most of the trail is buggy but not awful
- others have noted slippery, wet trails. By now, its all dry with solid footing.
- the last 1-1.5 miles on the east side are simply walking along Marysville Rd, which is a bit like a state highway.
Still 100% worth it-- the color of the lake was my favorite part!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just a loooong hike, I only saw a couple of bikers in a 4 hr stretch...very secluded hike, great for dogs.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beautiful and vigorous trail. First 1.5 miles are straight uphill without a break. Gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and Sierra Buttes. Not sure where the 12.7 mile estimate is coming from, though. 9.5 miles from parking lot to Hall's Ranch. Definitely a hike I will be repeating.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great trail for running! Easy to navigate, relatively smooth path and a great mix of inclines and declines. I wouldn't call this trail hard, it's just long if you make the entire loop. Dog friendly!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I did the trail today. It is well marked and the parking area is large. The Dam is quite impressive and the spill way was really flowing. I'm not sure why this trail is rated as hard. It should be like moderate/easy. I saw a couple of their 60s biking it if that gives you an idea. It would be a great track for beginner mountain bickers. There are some ok look outs but nothing awesome. Overall it was worth the exercise but I do not see repeating it.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Very nice, peaceful trail in January. The weather was in the 40's and although the trail was damp to wet, it was manageable. Surprisingly, we were the only ones on the trail and there were only a couple small motorboats fishing in the bay.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This trail is not as hard as every thing I have read says. It's just long. I did ten miles of it, fairly even, would be slippery when wet. Tons of newts and slugs, the water was low in the lake due to drought. It is however beautiful and nicely shaded. I would recommend it. And probably will do it again.

Monday, August 11, 2014

absolutely breathtaking hike.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The trail is beautiful. Lots of newts and banana slugs and millipedes. The trail is however very poorly marked and even using a map I printed off from the Emerald Cove website we ended up getting a little lost. Our gps wouldn't connect because of all the trees. The views of the lake or gorgeous and the trail is a very easy hike. We are going again on Sunday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Very nice side hill single-track trail that runs along the mountain top in the Sierra Buttes. Lots of
switchbacks and steep terrain. It's a multi-use trail with nice scenery and views. There's a few
tricky spots but overall it's not too difficult to do on a motorcycle.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We enjoy a shorter segment - about 6.2 miles. We leave a car at the boat ramp at Dark Day and shuttle the hikers to the Vista parking lot (farther west-before you cross the dam) on your right (restrooms). The trailhead starts there and it is about 2.5 miles to the Schoolhouse Campground. The .7 miles up to the campground (where we sit at a picnic table and enjoy lunch, gets your appetite going!!! Then back down the .7 miles to the main trail where you turn right and hike about another 2.3 miles to the boat ramp. Spring is lovely with the Dogwoods and fall gives you better views of the lake as the leaves have fallen.

Friday, August 09, 2013

This is an absolutely beautiful hike and you can make it as long or short as you want (we ended up doing 15 miles inadvertently :). Started at the boat ramp, there are a lot of people boating (and jet skiers etc), but once you get into the hike, it's beautiful and quiet. We met only about 4-5 other people the entire time. Can get a little slippery but nothing dangerous. The colors of the water are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

This trail is really easy, and long if you want it to be. Lots of places to stop and swim, bullards bar is warm and fun.. The water is emerald color, really neat. I like to start at vista point and jog all the way to the end, and back, but there are a couple of other entrance points.. Dark day is at the other end and schoolhouse is the midpoint. 12-14 miles round trip, and shaded almost the entire way. Even in 100 degree weather it stays cool. So it's a perfect hike, really.. And of course, blackberries everywhere.

Highly recommend. I'm born and raised in Tahoe so I can be a bit of a trail snob, but this hike gets 5 stars. I love it.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I give this hike four stars! Not "as" epic as some of the Yosemite trails, but this is a truly hidden gem. It's sad that there are people living within 20 miles of this marvel who've have never been.
Be sure to visit the Rock House, Turtle Rock and the US Coast & Geodetic Marker.
Best time is March and April, I just went on this 3rd day of May and there was no water anywhere. But it was still an awesome day on the Rock.
It's worth the drive,...DO THIS HIKE!!!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Only got to hike part of the trail today, but it is an awesome hike. Lots of leaves on the trail, makes it a little slippery, but otherwise no problems.

9 months ago

on Bullards Bar Trail

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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