Best trails in Foresthill, California

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Looking for a great trail near Foresthill, California? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around South Yuba River State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Auburn State Recreation Area or Sly Park Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Foresthill ranging from 0.9 to 19.8 miles and from 606 to 7,185 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Foresthill, California
Top trails (26)
#1 - Codfish Falls Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
This hike is amazing right in early spring before the creeks dry up and the flowers and grass are gone. There are a couple side trails down to the river, and in summer it is great for swimming. Great hike. It's narrow, so weekends (when the trail is more crowded) are not ideal, but doable. The road to get there is a very difficult drive. Ideally you will have 4WD or a car with clearance. Signage at the trailhead limits parking. The only place to park is the side of the road and, on weekends, the line of cars can get long enough to block part of the road. If you do this, you are risking a ticket. $10 to park.Show more
#2 - Foresthill Divide Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#3 - Ruck-A-Chucky Rapids Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
#4 - Fuel Break Trail
Foresthill, California
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#5 - Western States Trail: Michigan Bluff to Last Chance
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
This rugged trail to a remote crossing of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River traverses some of the wildest "foothill" country of the Gold Country - a region previously well settled with mining settlements. Campfire permit required if using a stove or campfire. Avoid this trail the last weekend of June due to Annual Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the Tevis Cup long-distance horseback trail ride, held in late July or early August.Show more
#6 - Tunnel Loop via Confluence Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
#7 - Little Bald Mountain Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
This is the hike to Little Bald Mountain Lookout (not Duncan Peak) which can also be reached along this trail. Park in the well marked parking area near Robinson Flat Campground, not in the campground. To start you will head west on a dirt road up a hill for a short distance. (If you’re facing the meadow, that would be to your right.) At mile .15 (less than a quarter of a mile), the road goes West. You want to veer on the trail that goes slightly left (SE). Follow it for about 1 mile. Trail dead ends into a trail that goes both left and right. To take in the lookout… Turn to the R (SW) on the trail for about 3/10ths of a mile where it intersects with a dirt road. Follow the road to your left, up the hill to the Lookout. After a beautiful scenic visit, back track the 1/2 mile to the point where you came up from the parking lot, then continue straight ahead. You are heading E now for 9/10ths of a mile (total of 2.9) where a trail goes off to your right (S) deep into the canyon. Stay on the main trail which continues east along a wide ridge till you get to a large switchback with lots of rocks and trees. Enjoy the vistas. Follow the switchback downhill. You will cross Robinson Valley Creek (in the valley) at about 3.9 miles. Shortly the Western States trail crosses your trail. Go left/west on the WST, thru the campground and back to the parking lot. Show more
#8 - Mumford Bar Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
#9 - Big Tree Nature Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
Picnic area, restrooms, and water are available. Great place to take the family for a day trip. Interpretive guides are available at the beginning of the trailhead. Show more
#10 - Little Bald Mountain and Duncan Peak
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
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