Yuba Pass

Sierra City, California

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CA 49 climbs from 4,100 feet at Sierra City to 6,700 feet at Yuba Pass, paralleling the North Yuba River all the way. At the pass there is a dirt road to the north that doesn’t get a lot of traffic and thus is attractive to birders. There is also a road to the south, which is a high-standard gravel road (Forest Road 12), but this road gets a good deal of traffic and is less appealing to birders. Specialty birds: Resident—Blue Grouse; Mountain Quail; Band-tailed Pigeon; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Red-breasted and Williamson’s Sapsuckers; White-headed and Black-backed Woodpeckers; American Dipper; Townsend’s Solitaire; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Anna’s and Calliope Hummingbirds; Western Wood-Pewee; Hammond’s Flycatcher; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Green-tailed Towhee. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Yuba Pass Professional Review and Guide

"CA 49 climbs from 4,100 feet at Sierra City to 6,700 feet at Yuba Pass, paralleling the North Yuba River all the way. At the pass there is a dirt road to the north that doesn’t get a lot of traffic and thus is attractive to birders. There is also a road to the south, which is a high-standard gravel road (Forest Road 12), but this road gets a good deal of traffic and is less appealing to birders. Specialty birds: Resident—Blue Grouse; Mountain Quail; Band-tailed Pigeon; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Red-breasted and Williamson’s Sapsuckers; White-headed and Black-backed Woodpeckers; American Dipper; Townsend’s Solitaire; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Anna’s and Calliope Hummingbirds; Western Wood-Pewee; Hammond’s Flycatcher; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Green-tailed Towhee. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Sierra City
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April through July.
Local Contacts: Downieville Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Yuba Pass

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May 2018