North Yuba Trail
Photo © Lee Adams
The North Yuba Trail is a hiking and mountain biking trail that begins in the historic mining town of Downieville and travels four miles to the village of Goodyear's Bar, another of Sierra County's historic communities. The trail then leaves Goodyear's Bar and continues south along the east side of the North Yuba River to Indian Valley. The trail ends at Rocky Rest Campground where a pedestrian bridge brings hikers and mountain bike riders back to the west side of the river. The trail's creation was a cooperative effort of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the U.S. Forest Service. For hiking information, the Forest Service office listed below is a good source of information. For mountain biking information on the trail, contact Yuba Expeditions in Downieville at www.yubaexpeditions.com
This classic Sierra Nevada river canyon trail includes spectacular views of the Yuba River below and hidden explorations within forested canyons. There is no exit from the trail until Goodyear's Bar, and after Goodyear's Bar there is no exit until Indian Valley. There is no river access from the trail, and there are no services along the trail so be sure to carry water, food and supplies.
Vertical Gain or Loss: North to south is a vertical loss of 500 feet from Downieville to Goodyears Bar and another 225 to Indian Valley.
Trail Distance: From Downieville to Goodyears Bar, 4 miles. From Goodyears Bar to Indian Valley, 7 1/2 miles.
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