Explore the most popular birding trails near Nevada City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great easy hike. Found a few newts along the way. The end has a beautiful view of the river.

This is a well maintained trail, just a few mountain bikers for traffic. Harmony Ridge Market has a full deli and espresso bar. We had 8 mi. Round trip. 4 miles moderate down and 4 back up and just a few muddy spots. Lots of wildflowers coming up.

Took the kids out there yesterday. My GPS from this site took me right to the trailhead. It’s absolutely gorgeous out there with all the work they have put into it. Well worth the 30-45min drive.

hiking
25 days ago

I loved the first half mile - lots to see and an easy walk for old people and even the disabled. You can roll a wheelchair along without great effort and see plenty from the trail.

The sounds of Highway 49 could be distracting to some but we just accepted it and ignored it. The pond is truly beautiful!

hiking
30 days ago

Nice & easy hike. Definitely a great scenery as hike along the river. Nude beach at the end.

Better signage would have been appreciated, but the hike was beautiful. Loved the sound of rushing water.

hiking
1 month ago

Started on the trail at 10:30am and made it back by 1:20pm. We walked slowly, made a few stops, and continued a bit past the end of the trail before we turned back. It was muddy in a few places towards the bottom, but great hike for dogs! Came across more bikers than walkers, and the weather was perfect.

A nice relaxing hike. Watch out for the poison ivy.

hiking
1 month ago

We started our hike a little late (around 2pm) and got to the lake around 4pm since we made some stops along the way. Only had about 30 min to enjoy the beautiful sights down at the lake before we started losing sunlight. Not much rest, so the hike back up was a little tough.

Overall a great experience. Well-maintained trail and lightly trafficked (Friday afternoon). Parking is limited, so plan accordingly.

Definitely going to do this again and camp down at the lake overnight.

Beautiful trail offering something for everyone

2 months ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

on Scotts Flat Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. At the end of the trail we continued on down to the waters edge. Total round trip for our group was 9 miles.

Me and my family had so much fun
Beautiful hike

backpacking
3 months ago

Went 12miles of the trail and saw 3 people. Great hike, well maintained and found a good camping spot. Parked in the BLM South Yuba Trail Parking lot for easy access. Camped near the humbug trail intersection. A bit cold in February for sleeping but great hike and easy access to river in a few places.

Nice easy trail. I liked the other end of this trail better though. Also, watch out for wasps; my daughter and I both got stung about a third of the way through the hike and it burned the whole time and even after.

Did this hike last weekend. BEAUTIFUL! Definitely needed the 4wheel drive because of the snow to get to the trail head. Left the snow shoes in the truck but could have used them at certain points. Camp ground bathroom at the second lake you come to. Can't wait to come back in the summer!

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Definitely a favorite. I loved that you could hear the water running along the whole trail. Tons of stairs on this hike, good work out.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a cool beautiful trail. Would recommend this trail. The trail is wide & smooth so perfect for strollers

a nice easy trail for winter:)

mountain biking
3 months ago

Patches of melting show making for a somewhat soggy trail - to be expected in January. Nice trail - would be awesome when dry. Didn’t see the bridge in the picture. We parked across the street at pioneer trailhead. Trail starts right off to the left of the driveway into harmony lodge.

hiking
3 months ago

love this trail. beautiful, quiet and FUN!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, easy to find and beautifuil setting! Only con is that it's close to the highway so you can hear the traffic going by in a few spots other then that I loved it, the lake is very peaceful and I loved all the beautiful tress

walking
4 months ago

A really nice nature walk after Sunday brunch at South-Pine Cafe. We saw about 15 different people/groups out hiking, but it was a pretty busy weekend in Nevada City (Scenic and Wild Film Festival).. some only going as far as the suspension bridge and others trail running the whole path. Dog and kid friendly. I will definitely return and will attempt to record the whole thing.

As the other reviewers mentioned this is a super easy hike. I think you could actually bring a wheelchair on this hike because it’s flat and wide. Definitely not physically challenging but a beautiful walk through the woods. I took away one star for the chainsaws! There are houses along the trail and on two different spots the sound of chainsaw was echoing in my brain for like a mile. Ideally you want to hear the sound of the water so it’s pretty annoying when that happens. The trail signs and markers were super easy to follow. I brought my dog but had to keep her on a leash.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail! You have views from river along with the sound of the river flowing along the entire hike. Once you reach the end you’re at a beautiful beach like area by the crystal clear river and can sit and take it all in.

Great hike! This area is beautiful

Easy, dog friendly, jogger friendly. We parked by the Miner’s Foundry and followed the small trail marker signs down to the suspension bridge. Crossed the bridge, shortly after is a fork that starts/ends a loop.

A good amount of snow today, but snowshoes weren’t needed. This would be a great summer time trail.

Lucked out with warm, sunny December weather. Well-maintained trail in beautiful forrest. Happened to be staying at Harmony Ridge Lodge which is right at the trail entrance. Couldn’t be more convenient than that!

beautiful moving water, sculptural boulders and forest trees. Air smelled amazing. super easy to find---right off the main streets. more heavily trafficked than i like but understandable as trees are in gorgeous fall color.

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