Hwy 49 5.5 miles north of Nevada City.
You can park in turnouts near the trailhead which is located about a half a mile south of the Yuba River. Warning – Be careful with the traffic on Hwy 49.
Wheelchair accessible Independence Trail East follows the gentle gradient of an old mining ditch and offers occasional views of the South Yuba River canyon and passes seasonal side streams and bogs.
You can go 2.5 miles downstream (west) or upstream (east).
The west trail offers a 4.3 mile loop along a swimming trail to Jones Bar Road
and then goes back up to Excelsior Canal and back to the start.
There is Wheelchair Accessibility for 1.5 miles in each direction of the trailhead.
This trail follows the path of the Excelsior Canal which was built during the Gold Rush. You’ll enjoy lots of wildflowers in the Spring.