North Bloomfield–Bowman Lake Trail

Nevada City, California 95959

North Bloomfield–Bowman Lake Trail

North Bloomfield–Bowman Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This easy, graded road travels from Nevada City past the northern shore of Bowman Lake to finish on Northern Sierra #21: Henness Pass Road at Jackson Meadow Reservoir. From Nevada City, the trail drops steeply along a small paved road to cross over the South Yuba River at Edwards Crossing. The South Yuba Trail, an enjoyable hike along the South Yuba River, crosses the road at this point. This moderate trail is 15 miles long and takes hikers east to Washington. The river is stocked yearly with rainbow trout. The road turns to graded dirt after the bridge, and it climbs to the top of the ridge, where Northern Sierra #26: Alleghany Trail heads off to the north. The main trail bears east and passes the developed South Yuba BLM Campground, which has 16 campsites in a shaded gully at the site of some old mine workings. A small fee is charged. Special Attractions: Bowman Lake and Jackson Meadow Reservoir; Malakoff Diggins State Park; Historic town of Graniteville and Graniteville Cemetery. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

North Bloomfield–Bowman Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Fun, pretty easy trail. Went in December so there was snow starting just beneath Graniteville. Definitely need 4WD to get through the snow and it got deeper going towards Bowman lake. In summer should be very easy to pass. Bloomfield and Graniteville were both very cool historic towns. Pretty cool, pretty easy trail. Would recommend for stock or near stock with 4WD.

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Trail Information

Nevada City
Nearby City
Trail Type
5 hours
Year-round, best in dry weather
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,600 feet
Top Elevation
Tahoe National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Nevada City, North Bloomfield, Pike, Alleghany, Graniteville, English Mountain, Haypress Valley, Yuba City, Truckee, Portola
Local Maps

Trail Log