Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Just a beautiful peaceful hike that’s well maintained. This trail is a must. We saw a northern rubber boa on the trail also.

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.

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
1 month ago

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

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.

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

backpacking
2 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?

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.

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

I’ve done this trail a bunch! Mostly between July and September.
The primitive camp ground is great and it has fairly easy access to water. Lots of boulders and areas close to the campground to explore. The trail isn’t bad going in or out.
There have been lots of trail improvements over the past several years and I think more people are getting up to enjoy what this area has to offer!

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
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

Great hike! This area is beautiful

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

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

hiking
4 months ago

This Trail was super beautiful. Little chilly! Wear layers! We ended up following the South Yuba River Trail because we weren’t paying attention to the map and didn’t realize we were supposed to cross the river. There were a few banks you may have had been able to get across but with our dogs we didn’t initially think to do so. We ended up running out of time and had to head back so we didn’t look to hard into how easily we could’ve crossed the river but it might be possible! It actually began to snow about 5 minutes before we reached the Trailhead at about 445pm just before it started to get dark! Got lucky we headed back when we did! Oh and lots of ticks! Make sure to get yourself some eucalyptus spray to use beforehand. Between our 3 dogs we had to detach 20 ticks. We found about 15 other ticks though between ourselves, our car and dogs that we threw off before they attached..

hiking
5 months ago

It's a good trail with a lot of nice views. We went all way down, but couldn't find a good spot to cross the river. So, we turned right and continued approximately 3 miles more along the South Yuba Trail. We saw a beautiful waterfall during our way. Last 1.5 miles back is constantly uphill, but it's a quite short distance. We liked this 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!

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy to follow trail with minimal elevation change. You either hear road noise or are passing behind homes for the majority of the trail. Definite highlight was finding the blackberry patches and eating all the ripe berries I could find!

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.

on South Yuba Trail

6 months ago

Certain areas of the trail have rocks so need to be careful, but its a beautiful trail with awesome views.

Another amazing trip with the boys and dog! Great hike for intermediate explorer

Great trail.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was found by accident after trying to locate Deer Creek Tribute Trail (which we never did). I ran into a sheriff who suggested this trail for me and my littles (ages 2, 3, 4). It was perfect! It’s kid friendly, dog friendly (leashed), clearly marked and an easy hike. We hiked to the .75 marker and turned around. Totaling 1.5 miles....the kids all napped on the way home! The trail does run behind a few homes and also parallel to Hwy 49 but that didn’t bother us at all. Only a few times could you actually SEE and hear the highway. It goes around a lovely little pond area with a few benches to sit and break. I have two criticisms. There is no bathroom so go before and also please pick up your dogs poo! We came across many piles of crap left on the trail, nasty!

on Scotts Flat Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Went over the weekend. Be wary of wildlife but very well maintained trail and a fairly easy walk other than the distance. While I was hiking this trail I got about 2/3 of the way there and was told that there was a mama bear and her cubs drinking at the lake. Didn’t want to disrupt the bears and cause a problem so I turned around. Frustrated because I drove from an hour and a half away but I guess that’s part of being in the outdoors.

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