Hiking

Hiking is more than just a means of transportation and there’s no better way to explore Nevada County than by foot. Whether you’re passing through the peaks on the Pacific Crest or learning about the local flora and fauna on the wheelchair-friendly Independence Trail, there’s no shortage of discovery amongst the endless acres of terrain. In addition to pristine alpine lakes, granite outcroppings, waterfalls, streams, and meadows, guests can get a glimpse of history. The Emigrant Trail Museum has exhibits on the ill-fated pioneers of the 1800s and Empire Mine State Park’s trails meander through historic mining sites, old foundations, and equipment.

The Bear Yuba Land Trust is very happy to offer detailed maps, GPS coordinates and reviews of our exciting trails, for biking, hiking and horseback riding. A link to Grass Valley and Nevada City trails on the Bear Yuba Land Trust website is here, including a printable version of a trail map.

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Alan Thiesen Trail

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Well known and loved by locals around Alta Sierra, this trail…

Grass Valley, CA 95949

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Alpine Skill International

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ASI was established in 1979 by Bela G. Vadasz and Mimi Maki-Vadasz.…
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Bailey Trail

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Short trail follows the Grass Valley irrigation ditch in the…

Cooley Drive,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Black Swan Trail

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Completed in the summer of 2014, the trail is located in far…
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Bullards Bar

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Centrally located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Bullards Bar…
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Buttermilk Bend Trail

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Meet at the Bridgeport north parking lot. The Buttermilk Bend…
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Cascade Canal Trail

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This popular forested trail on Banner Mountain offers an almost…
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Condon Park Trails

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Runners, walkers and bicyclists get heavy use of this maze of…
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Deer Creek Environs Trail

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Just a few minutes from town, enjoy the peace and quiet along…
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Deer Creek Tribute Trail

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What better way to explore Deer Creek’s rich history and scenic…
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Donner Lake

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Donner Lake is a mecca for swimmers, boaters, anglers, picnickers,…

Donner Lake,
Truckee, CA

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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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The Empire Mine was the richest hard rock mine in the State of…

10791 East Empire St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Grouse Lakes

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The Grouse Lakes area is truly the "land-o-the-lakes.” A long…
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Hardrock Trail Area

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The popular Hardrock Trail Area is the historic heart of Empire…
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Hirschman Trail

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Only a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, Hirschman…
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Hoyt Trail

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This trail leads to swimming holes along the South Yuba River…
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Independence Trail East

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Hwy 49 5.5 miles north of Nevada City. You can park in turnouts…
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Independence Trail West

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Hwy 49 5.5 miles north of Nevada City You can park in turnouts…
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Kenny Ranch Trails

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Kenny Ranch is a large property around Twin Cities Church west…