Humbug Trail

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, California

Elevation Gain2,291ft
Trailhead Elevation3,012ft
Elevation Min/Max2206/3012ft
Elevation Start/End3012/3012ft

Humbug Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: South Yuba Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"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."
"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."
"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."

Humbug Trail Trip Reports

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The trip was great. The Humbug trail down to the Yuba was pretty narrow and steep in places. Poison Oak was all over the place. Several places on the trail down to the Yuba was overgrown and we spent a lot of time making sure we didn't get into the Poison Oak. Once we were on the Yuba river trail, it was great. The river area is awesome. We swam quite a bit and hiked around on the rocks. The water was crystal clear and wasn't to cold. we camped just north of the Yuba primitive camp in an area that was out away from the trees a little (very few mesquitoes) in the sand and rocks. It was great! The river was right next to us and there were a lot of rocks to sit, climb, etc. on.
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This is a beautiful area! The South Yuba River is gorgeous. The Humbug Trail is rather steep & be warned - it is covered in poison oak. It boasts some beautiful waterfalls in the spring only. If you just want to get to the river, the hike in from the South Yuba River Campground is a nicer hike overall.

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Trail Information

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Nearby City
Tahoe National Forest
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Local Contacts
USGS North Bloomfield
Local Maps

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