North Yuba River – Hiking & Biking

North Yuba River Hiking Trails (and biking!)

There are some great North Yuba River Hiking trails close to our meeting location and camp. So its a great place to spend some extra time before or after your rafting trip. However, some of the higher elevation trails might still have snow when the best rafting is happening.  The closest is the North Yuba Trail which is accessed just north of our camp and crosses the river from Rocky Rest camp and continues the entire way upstream into Downieville.

Indian Valley & Downieville Areas, Highway 49

Sorry but have not converted the tables of trails below to be mobile friendly, but including them anyway. Hopefully we will work on that at some time! 

North Yuba River Hiking Trails (& Mountain Biking):  Indian Valley Area, Highway 49

Trail name Length Degree of difficulty Trailhead location Season of use Amount of use Notes
Canyon Creek 3.5 Easy Highway 49, 10 miles west of Downieville at the North Yuba River Bridge Year round, wet in winter season Light  2 miles west of TWT Yuba camp

 

North Yuba 7.5 Moderate Highway 49, 7 ½ miles west of Downieville, Rocky Rest Campground Year round, wet in winter season Moderate Trail head from Rocky Rest camp next to TWT camp, across footbridge over river
Fiddle Creek Ridge 4.0 Moderate to difficult Highway 49, 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Right on Cal-Ida Road for 1/4mile April to Nov. Light Just west of TWT Yuba Camp

 

Halls Ranch 5.5 Difficult Highway 49 5 miles west of Downieville, Indian Rock Day Use Area April to Nov. Light  3 miles east of TWT Yuba camp
Brandy City Pond 1 Easy Highway 49 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Cal-Ida Road for app. 7 miles April to Oct. Light  

 

Devil’s Postpile 0.1 Easy Highway 49 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Cal-Ida Road for app. 15 miles June to Oct. Light  

 North Yuba River Hiking Trails (& Mountain Biking): Downieville Area, Highway 49

Trail name Length Degree of difficulty Trailhead location Season of use Amount of use Notes
1st Divide Easy Upper Main Street Downieville by PG&E barn. Year round, wet in winter season Moderate  
2nd Divide 4 Moderate Upper Main Street Downieville for 2.7 miles April to Nov. Moderate  
3rd Divide 3 Moderate Upper Main Street Downieville for 4.4 miles April to Nov. Heavy  

 

Downie River/ Rattle-snake Creek 7 Difficult Upper Main Street Downieville for 0.5 miles to Gold Bluff Road 04 May to Nov. Moderate 4 X 4 access road.
Empire Creek 2.5 Difficult Upper Main Street Downieville for 7 miles June to Sept. Light 4 X 4 access road.
Lavez-zola 5.1 Moderate Upper Main Street Downieville for 7 miles June to Oct. Light  
Chimney Rock

 

4 Moderate Saddleback Road 0.2 miles from Downieville for app. 13 miles June to Oct. Light