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 nameLengthDegree of difficultyTrailhead locationSeason of useAmount of useNotes
Canyon Creek3.5EasyHighway 49, 10 miles west of Downieville at the North Yuba River BridgeYear round, wet in winter seasonLight 2 miles west of TWT Yuba camp

 

North Yuba7.5ModerateHighway 49, 7 ½ miles west of Downieville, Rocky Rest CampgroundYear round, wet in winter seasonModerateTrail head from Rocky Rest camp next to TWT camp, across footbridge over river
Fiddle Creek Ridge4.0Moderate to difficultHighway 49, 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Right on Cal-Ida Road for 1/4mileApril to Nov.LightJust west of TWT Yuba Camp

 

Halls Ranch5.5DifficultHighway 49 5 miles west of Downieville, Indian Rock Day Use AreaApril to Nov.Light 3 miles east of TWT Yuba camp
Brandy City Pond1EasyHighway 49 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Cal-Ida Road for app. 7 milesApril to Oct.Light 

 

Devil’s Postpile0.1EasyHighway 49 8 ½ miles west of Downieville, Cal-Ida Road for app. 15 milesJune to Oct.Light 

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

Trail nameLengthDegree of difficultyTrailhead locationSeason of useAmount of useNotes
1st DivideEasyUpper Main Street Downieville by PG&E barn.Year round, wet in winter seasonModerate 
2nd Divide4ModerateUpper Main Street Downieville for 2.7 milesApril to Nov.Moderate 
3rd Divide3ModerateUpper Main Street Downieville for 4.4 milesApril to Nov.Heavy 

 

Downie River/ Rattle-snake Creek7DifficultUpper Main Street Downieville for 0.5 miles to Gold Bluff Road 04May to Nov.Moderate4 X 4 access road.
Empire Creek2.5DifficultUpper Main Street Downieville for 7 milesJune to Sept.Light4 X 4 access road.
Lavez-zola5.1ModerateUpper Main Street Downieville for 7 milesJune to Oct.Light 
Chimney Rock

 

4ModerateSaddleback Road 0.2 miles from Downieville for app. 13 milesJune to Oct.Light