South Yuba Trail
||About 25 miles one way, 50 miles total
||Near Nevada City
||All year, but its really hot in the summer
To get There:
marking Trail Head Map
marking end of Trail
Take I-80 East towards Reno. In Auburn, exit North on Highway
49. Take Highway 49 through Nevada City. On the outskirts of
Nevada City, 49 turns into Highway 20. Take Highway 20 to Washington
Road and turn left. Stay on Washington Road through the town of Washington
(which is pretty far, and because the road is so windy it takes a while).
Just after town you will pass a bridge, turn left at the bridge.
There are signs that will point you from here to the trail (watch closely
for them). I think that you have to bear left when you come to the
fork in the road, but I'm not really sure. Either way, its marked.
There is a parking area and a toilet at the trail head. NO water
The trail is pretty well marked. The only exceptions that I saw were
at Missouri Bar and at the South Yuba Campground ( not the primitive campground).
At Missouri Bar, the trail Y's and you need to bear left. Missouri
Bar is about 9 miles from the trail head. At about 18 miles you will
come out in the South Yuba Campground on a dirt road. Turn Right
and head up the road. You will come out on North Bloomfield Road.
Turn left and head down North Bloomfield Road. In about 2 miles you
will cross an old bridge. The trail starts again on the far right
side of the bridge (Southwest side) and is labeled. This is called
Edward's Crossing. The trail continues from here for 5 miles to Purdon
Crossing. As far as I know, this is the end of the trail.
There are several loops that people often take instead of doing an out
and back ride. You can take the trail to Missouri Bar and head up
Missouri Bar trail (go right at the Y). Take Missouri Bar Trail to
Relief Road, which is the first road you will come to and turn right.
This road comes out at the trail head. You can also ride up Round
Mountain near Edward's crossing and come back down on another road (I'm
not sure where this comes out). In short, there are a ton of different
ways to ride this trail. I'm told that Coyote Bike Store in Nevada
City or Grass Valley (I can't remember where it is) has good maps.
One word summarizes this trail: WOW!! This is one of my favorites!
The trail is long, hard, and technical. Much of the trail is covered
with large rocks that make it a big-ole technical challenge. There
are large drop offs on one side of the trail for much of the way.
The trail is well maintained and heavily used by hikers, bikers and horsers.
There are some great places to stop, whip out the picnic and take a really
long break with your feet in the river. The trail parallels the river
the whole way (except the part on Bloomfield road) so there are always
opportunities to jump in and cool off. Unless you are in excellent
physical condition, I would suggest that you not ride the whole thing.
Be sure to bring plenty of water, its a hot trail!
Wanna see some pictures??
Check these out from the Environmental
Resource Inventory and Analysis (ERIA) Page
of Edwards Crossing Another
of Edwards Picture
of River at Edwards
nice beach on the S. Yuba! The
Sun on the Yuba
of Purdon Crossing
Some More Pictures
from The South Yuba
River Citizens League