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.

Alan Thiesen Trail

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

Grass Valley, CA 95949

Alpine Skill International

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

Bailey Trail

Short trail follows the Grass Valley irrigation ditch in the…

Cooley Drive,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Black Swan Trail

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

Bullards Bar

Centrally located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Bullards Bar…

Buttermilk Bend Trail

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

Cascade Canal Trail

This popular forested trail on Banner Mountain offers an almost…

Condon Park Trails

Runners, walkers and bicyclists get heavy use of this maze of…

Deer Creek Environs Trail

Just a few minutes from town, enjoy the peace and quiet along…

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

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

Donner Lake

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

Donner Lake,
Truckee, CA

Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail Museum

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State…

12593 Donner Pass Road,
Truckee, CA 96161

Empire Mine State Historic Park

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

10791 East Empire St,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Grouse Lakes

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

Hardrock Trail Area

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

Hirschman Trail

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

Hoyt Trail

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

Independence Trail East

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

Independence Trail West

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

Kenny Ranch Trails

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