Hiking The South Yuba River Trail

The 65th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northeast of Nevada City in the Tahoe National Forest, the South Yuba Trail is a 13 mile stretch of pristine hiking trail. This rolling trail is mildly technical bordering above the Yuba River on a cliff with lots of swimming holes and skinny dippers. It is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

To reach the eastern trailhead from Nevada City, follow SR20 east for 13 miles toward Truckee. Turn at Washington Road and proceed for six miles. After crossing the Yuba, follow Relief Road toward Pooremans Creek and park at trailhead.

Overall, South Yuba River Trail is the 65th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby South Yuba River Trail including Grouse Ridge Trail and Pioneer Trail.

South Yuba River Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tahoe National Forest (916) 265-4531; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Coyote Adventure Company, Nevada City (530) 265-6909.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS White Cloud Campground; High Country Inn (800) 862-1530, Truckee

Luxury Loding:  Royal Gorge Resort (800) 500-3871

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Squeeze, Truckee

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/

GPS:  39.35588, -120.80643

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  17262

South Yuba River Trail Hiking Map


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