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Best trails in Nevada City

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Looking for a great trail near Nevada City, California? AllTrails has 30 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 Empire Mine State Historic Park. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Nevada City ranging from 1.1 to 24.4 miles and from 1,246 to 7,582 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 Nevada City
Top trails (30)
#1 - Independence Trail West
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Note: The downward ramp to river toward first quarter is out of commission. This trail is wheelchair friendly when properly maintained, but sometimes rocks or down trees make the path more difficult Show more
#2 - Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offShow more
#3 - Spaulding Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
The beginning of the trail follows an old washed out roadbed for a quarter mile before climbing a series of switchbacks. The trail is mostly under deep tree cover along rocky ground. There is a signifShow more
#4 - Deer Creek Tribute Trail
Nevada City, California
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#5 - Glacier Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Glacier Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#6 - Cascade Canal Trail
Nevada City, California
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
Cascade Canal Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers Show more
#7 - Hoyt Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 47 m
Out and back to a nice swimming area. This trail leads to swimming holes along the South Yuba River and historic Hoyt Crossing, a popular hangout for skinny-dippers and other river lovers in summer. Show more
#8 - Lake Spaulding via Pioneer Trail from Bowman Road
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
Lake Spaulding via Pioneer Trail from Bowman Road is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is Show more
#9 - Scotts Flat Trail
Nevada City, California
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Nice shady hike through Ponderosa Pines, descending from Highway 20 to Scotts Flat Reservoir. This trail is a well maintained, moderate, out-and-back, starting at highway 20 and descending to Scotts Show more
#10 - Penner Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
Penner Lake Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nevada City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
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