Explore the most popular trail running 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.

My favorite place!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Beautiful trail offering something for everyone

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?

This trail is such great and scenic. It is not strenuous or difficult. I have gone a few times now and those with whom I have trailed range in age from 13 to 45 and one was 5 months pregnant. We took our dogs, on leashes, and enjoyed a great walk. other visitors we passed were all friendly and leashed their dogs as well. The trail is clean and the bridges are well maintained. The one bridge down to the water (approx a 30 minite walk in) looks like it is in the process of being surveyed for repairs and we're looking forward to visiting once it is secured to go down to the water. There are 2 toilets at the beginning of the hike. parking is easy, provided people are courteous and park perpendicular to hwy 48 rather than paralell.
Take water and snacks and a camera!

Lovely hike with nice views! Almost all in the shade. Easier to take Jones Bar Trail down then come back on Independence Trail. Also, this is a pretty easy trail; I wouldn’t say it’s moderate.

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!

Awesome trail!

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:)

Fantastic trail. Worth the little hike down to the River.

Great hike! This area is beautiful

hiking
4 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

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

Stunning view! Make sure you take the time to walk to the water. The water was a clear green and it was beautiful. The boards in the bridges and walkways are getting replaced. I can’t wait to come back in the spring to see all the waterfalls.

Excellent workout. keep an eye on the map. You don't wanna miss a turn. Bridge is slippery when wet. 1.5 to 2 hour hike.

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.

Great shade the whole trail, not much traffic. All friendly doggies running off leash. Our vizsla had a great run!

backpacking
8 months ago

Great and moderate 2 nighter. We started at Carr Lake and spent the first night at Downey Lake (about 4 mi). The second night at Glacier Lake (another 4 mi). Third day back to carr lake via sand ridge trail (6 mi).

Hiked this trail from the Grouse Ridge Campground trail head. Trail to Glacier Lake was easy to follow, trail to Five Lakes Basin was not. That's ok. We found the lake, and had it to ourselves. There are at least three developed campsites at Five Lakes. At this time of year the water is warm, and we enjoyed swimming. The dog enjoyed the trail.

on Cascade Canal Trail

walking
8 months ago

Really nice lightly trafficked walking trail. Excellent for a beginner!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Lots of trail traffic on the day I hiked, but very beautiful scenery and good to be outside.

Great hike! We just went out for the afternoon but saw a lot of people camping! Views of Island Lake are gorgeous!

During the warmer weather this is not a dog friendly spot and the hiking is harder than moderate. There is a lot of downhill rocky parts and than all up hill. Better for during the fall time and its very hard to get down to the water if you need to cool off.

Crowded. Otherwise perfect.

Awesome meandering hike along beautiful isolated Aline lakes. No elevation changes to worry about.

backpacking
9 months ago

Easy trail to navigate with signage provided by an apparent Eagle Scout project a few years ago. Backpacked this on 7/22 and it had a little patchy snow. Nothing to cause issue. Several area to camp a short distance from lake. High exposure during higher elevation portions but as you hike down into the valley, you hike thru a large forested area. No major water crossings to be worried about. Overall, a great hike and gives you the option of hiking past to the Five Lakes area.

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