Missouri Bar Trail

South Yuba River State Park, California

Elevation Gain3,316ft
Trailhead Elevation3,806ft
Elevation Min/Max2290/3837ft
Elevation Start/End3806/3806ft

Missouri Bar Trail

Missouri Bar Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County, California. It is within South Yuba River State Park and Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 3,806 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,316 feet. This trail connects with the following: South Yuba Trail.

Missouri Bar Trail Trip Reports

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Good ride to get a work-out. Lots of climbing intially on a dirt road, very fun single track down. We did have to carry our bikes for a short section through the creek bed and there were some very tricky places on the trail that require advanced techincal skills. Only do this ride if you're in shape and ready for a long and technical ride. I went with advanced riders that were exhausted at the end of the trail and had some difficulty in certain sections.
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This description of this trail is greatly exagerated in that it leaves out important details. yes ... the first four miles our dirt roads. Once you go down the Missouri Bar Trail you reach the river and beyond the primitive camp you must carry your bike because there is no real trail. And once past this point, you must be a very good rider not just adequate. The trail is overgrown and not very wide ... very single track. No Beginner should be on this trail. Please be more accurate on your trail descriptions as you will have people riding trails that they should not be on. Also, what is moderate to one person is extreme for another. You should have a better rating system that makes sense to every rider from the beginner to the crazy expert level.
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This ride is mostly single track with beautiful scenery, exciting downhill, lots of places to go for a swim, and a surprise visit to a restored gold rush town. My weekday afternoon ride was about 4 hours. The only person I saw was one biker going in the opposite direction. If you park at the South Yuba Camp be perpared for a long uphill on a dirt/gravel road before you get to the trail head for the north rim trail. After that you are on single track for the rest of the ride, except for a short pass through the gold rush town. The cool weather prevented me from getting overheated. (I don't know if I could have kept up my pace in the heat of summer. In the summer take your time and stop along the Yuba River for a swim.) The North Rim trail was damp, but there was no snow. (Last year at this time there was snow on that trail.) This ride has enough technical sections to make it challenging, or make you want to walk your bike.

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Trail Information

South Yuba River State Park
Nearby City
Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
Local Contacts
North Bloomfield USGS
Local Maps

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