Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Various terrain but nothing too challenging. At one point it actually looks like the trail is closed but there’s a marked detour. I just followed along with the map and it was pretty accurate. Loved the views and the different scenery

The trail wasn’t that bad to follow. It was a nice walk. The way back I got winded because it was more of constant uphill but a very nice hike

14 days ago

The hike was fairly easy. There were some hills that got me winded but nothing too strenuous. The trail itself was a little hard to navigate. There were a lot of forks leading different ways. I would highly recommend downloading the map before you go. It saved me a couple times! I went on a Thursday between 10-2 and I only saw two groups on the trail after me. The lake was beautiful and a perfect place to throw some sticks for my dog. (Lots of driftwood). I brought my fishing pole but didn’t catch anything. I wasn’t sure if there were fish in the lake. Overall a nice hike. ALTHOUGH I would probably avoid going on the weekends. The trails are narrow which could be frustrating if there is a lot of people/dogs.

Couldn’t find the site. Directions took us to a dead end on an isolated road.

Beautiful hike and so many lakes! I would say this is a moderate hike and the trail is dog friendly, which is a plus. We did have some snow on the ground but not enough you needed snow shoes.

17 days ago

The road up there was rocky but I made it in a Corolla. I didn’t follow my gps (watch your gps because trails are not too easy to see) very well and ended up visiting Round Lake and Island Lake. Beautiful views and cool places to camp out. We did about 4 miles. I will have to go back and find Glacier Lake.

The snow was patchy and is almost gone.

great easy trail. easy for wife with bad knees. fairly shady on this day will come back and walk again.

24 days ago

This was a beautiful hike to the lake past a huge waterfall (it had rained last week). The trail is a bit tricky to find but so worth it to stop by this gorgeous lake. And the elevation is lower so there wasn't any snow in late May.

A nice trail to some lovely campsites, though we did not camp ourselves. Would be too hot in summer- lots of hiking on exposed slabs.

26 days ago

The hike was absolutely beautiful! My group and I hammock camped near the river and had a fantastic time! Be wary of the poison oak, which is bountiful.

1 month ago

So...another person wrote about the trail not marked so well. So true...I felt Times we were always looking for the trail...but I think it’s because of the amount of snow still on trail. Plus my phone died and I forgot to track the whole trail. We marked it at 10 miles. My friend tracked it on her phone. All in all...beautiful trail with amazing views. Plus once we made it to Glacier Lake....Awwww just amazing! Will do this one again!

My favorite place!

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.

2 months ago

Be sure to check yourself and pets, lots of ticks.

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

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

Beautiful trail offering something for everyone

3 months ago

I would like to backpack this trail. I am looking for some pointers as far as where the trailhead is for this 20 mile trail and where we would be allowed to camp? Can anyone help me out?

Me and my family had so much fun
Beautiful hike

4 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:)

5 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.

Great hike! This area is beautiful

5 months ago

Nice hike. Some of the trail could be marked a little clearer. This one had enjoyable views and the dog enjoyed the water. The drive up to the trailhead is steep so drive slow!

It was sickkkkkkkk bring a rain jacket though if done in winter

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.

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.

I agree with the other post that using the in app directions took me to a spot that appeared to have no trail head. I did however see a swinging gate after I pulled a U turn to Gracie Rd which might have been the entrance? Trail head parking on Gracie had no fee.

There are several spots that are quite nice with views of only the forest, but also the trail along the canal you can see backs of houses so not a totally immersive experience in nature. The majority of the trail is flat. I hiked 4 miles in and out.

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