Humbug Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and Tahoe National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 3,012 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,291 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information map and a parking. The Environmental Camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also ours and restrooms along the trail. The trail ends near the Humbug Creek Picknic picnic site.
Humbug Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Whether you’ve come for the mining history, the natural history, or the plain old lure of the South Yuba on a hot day, hiking this trail is one of the most pleasant ways to justify descending 800-plus feet in 2.8 miles. Humbug Trail generally follows the course of Humbug Creek and often the path of the North Bloomfield Tunnel as well. You will pass close to one of the 200-foot shafts leading down to the tunnel, and you can dally along the creek, where the gold-separation flume used to be. This steadily descending trail winds along a wooded canyon and leads to a pleasant bench overlooking the South Yuba River."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Everyone’s favorite swimming river in the summer, the South Yuba River also offers colorful springtime wildflowers and autumnal foliage as well. This trail passes by some ideal semi-developed campsites (with pit toilets and picnic tables) along the South Yuba, and the Humbug Creek segment features a dramatic waterfall that has carved its way through a bedrock slot. Add the facts that the entire area is rich in Gold Rush history and its trails are accessible nearly year-round, and the South Yuba River and Humbug Trails pretty much cover all bets."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
"Dropping into the steep, heavily forested canyon of the South Yuba River, the Humbug Trail is historically linked to the heyday of the hydraulic mining era. It still serves modern gold panners who want to try their luck on the wild banks of the South Yuba. Shady in summer but accessible on most winter days, the Humbug makes an equally good day hike or backpacking overnighter."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
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