Hiking and Riding the Nevada County Trails

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The forest and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of many awe inspiring hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Short hikes are found near town, others meander through the nearby South Yuba River canyon, and high country hikes are found in the Tahoe National Forest and Grouse Ridge Lakes Basin.

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Detailed Hiking Trails and Maps for Grass Valley and Nevada City

Nevada County Horse Trails and Surrounding Areas

South Yuba River Park Canyon

  • South Yuba River State Park

    The State Park is comprised of several separate pieces of land, located mainly at and around the bridge crossings of the river. These include Bridgeport, Jones Bar, Highway 49 Crossing, Purdon Crossing, and Edwards Crossing.

  • Bridgeport

    State Park headquarters at Bridgeport includes the Ranger Station, Visitor Center, beaches, trails, and the historic covered bridge, barn, wagons, and family cemetery.

  • Bridgeport Trails
South Yuba River Park Canyon Features Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Hiking in Empire Mine State Historic Park

Empire Mine State Historic Park

The Empire Mine State Historic Park has approximately 14 miles of trails within its 845 acres. Trails are posted to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Dogs on a leash are welcome on all trails. The trails are open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

  • East Empire Street Trail
  • Hardrock Trail
  • Osborne Hill Trails
  • Union Hill Trails


Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

There are approximately 20 miles of trails ranging from .11 miles to 3.29 miles with elevation gains from 13 feet to over 1,000 feet. A walking stick and plenty of water is recommended. Temperatures can reach over 100º in the summertime. Visit the park museum to obtain a park trail map. Dogs are not permitted on certain trails and must be leashed at all times. Please respect all animal and plant life while you enjoy your hike

  • Rim Trail
  • Diggins Loop Trail
  • Blair Lake Trail
  • North Bloomfield Trail
  • Humbug Creek Trail
Hiking in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Scenic Vista at Tahoe National Forest in The High Sierras

Tahoe National Forest

The Tahoe National Forest has an abundance of wonderful places to explore including: scenic vistas, hidden waterfalls, deeply incised canyons, wildflower laden meadows, rough and tumble rivers and serene lakes and reservoirs.

Emigrant Trail

Follow the trail of the original immigrants to California. Starting off Highway 20, east of Nevada City at Lowell Hill Rd. Mostly a dirt and gravel road.

The Lola Montez Lakes Trail

Starting from Soda Springs, just off Interstate 80, this walk takes you to two scenic Alpine lakes. Open to Mountain Bikes.

Hiking in Nevada County
Hiking in The Gold Country of Nevada County

Pacific Crest Trail

Castle Peak area, near Donner Summit on Interstate 80. This is for hikers only, though horses are allowed in the Castle Peak direction. The trail runs from Mexico to Canada along the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

Scotts Flat Trail and Pioneer Trail

65 miles of trail on Forest Service land and some private property. Accessible from Highway 20 near one mile east of Skillman Flat. Pioneer Trail accessible also from Lone Grave Trailhead.

Nevada County Horse Trails and Surrounding Areas

Horse Trails by Robert H. Sydnor, Geologist

Horse Riding Trail Maps for Nevada County and Surrounding Areas

Lake of the Pines Horse Trails

Meadow Vista Trails Association

Western States Trail Foundation (The Tevis Cup)

Gold Country Endurance Riders

Pioneer Trail, Nevada City

Auburn Hiking and Horse Trails


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