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    South Yuba Trail

    South Yuba River State Park, California
    Elevation Gain5,853ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,581ft
    Elevation Min/Max2133/2581ft
    Elevation Start/End2581/2581ft

    South Yuba Trail

    South Yuba Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park, and Tahoe National Forest. It is 18.1 miles long and begins at 2,581 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,853 feet. The Edwards Crossing attraction and Pit Toilet and another restrooms are near the trailhead. There are also parking, a parking, and an information board. The Emerald Pool and China Dam attractions and the South Yuba Primitive Camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also a rock, an information map, restrooms, and a beach along the trail. The trail ends near the Missouri Bar attraction. This trail connects with the following: Round Mountain Trail, Illinois Crossing Access, Missouri Bar Trail and Humbug Trail.

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    Pollock Pines, CA
    Trailblazer | 1624 pts
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    Beautiful 10 mile backpacking trip on the Yuba river! 3,000 feet gain. Go during early April late March for waterfalls!
    East Union, WA
    Adventurer | 420 pts
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    Really nice scenic riding with several loop options with spur trails. There is a lot of traversing and a ton of poison oak but it is worth these nuisances.
    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    Trail is awesome, but be careful with the topo map above. If you do this ride, use a different map since it's an old USGS map. You can buy the eTrail (trail or chapter from guidebook - sure the book has maps).

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    "The South Yuba river flows through the heart of Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This region once swarmed with miners and prospectors seeking pay dirt. Today the river flows through a quieter landscape as it cuts through a deep valley in the South Yuba Wild and Scenic Recreation Area." Read more
    "The mid-1850s in gold rush–crazy Nevada County brought engineering marvels of all kinds to extract the precious metal from the streambeds and canyon walls. The origin of the Independence Trail was an old miner’s ditch once known as the Excelsior Canal. It was built in 1859 to carry water from the South Yuba River to hydraulic mining sites in Smartville, some 25 miles away. California legislators outlawed hydraulic mining in 1885, and the canal was used for irrigation until 1967." Read more

    Trail Information

    South Yuba River State Park
    Nearby City
    Tahoe National Forest
    South Yuba Wild and Scenic Recreation Area; Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and California State Parks
    Local Contacts
    South Yuba River Recreation Guide by the US Forest Service, USGS 7.5-min. North Bloomfield
    Local Maps

    Trail Log