Cascade Canal Trail

This popular forested trail on Banner Mountain offers an almost level walk along a peaceful canal lined with Douglas firs and dogwoods.  Along the route, views open up to distant scenes of Nevada City.

Condon Park Trails

Runners, walkers and bicyclists get heavy use of this maze of urban trails in the wooded western part of Condon Park.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail – Rural

This community supported trail links Nevada City with Deer Creek and memorializes the early contributions of native Nisenan and Chinese people to the history of this place.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail – Urban

This community supported trail links Nevada City with Deer Creek and memorializes the early contributions of native Nisenan and Chinese people to the history of this place.

Hardrock Trail

The popular Hardrock Trail Area is the historic heart of Empire Mine State Historic Park giving visitors access to 856 forested acres within downtown Grass Valley.

Hirschman Trail

Only a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this trail is wheelchair accessible up to Hirschman’s Pond. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pines, and grasslands.

Hoyt Trail

This trail leads to popular swimming holes along the South Yuba River and Hoyt Crossing with gorgeous wildflower shows in spring.

Independence Trail East

Wheelchair accessible Independence Trail East follows the gentle gradient of an old mining ditch and offers occasional views of the South Yuba River canyon and passes seasonal side streams and bogs.

Independence Trail West

Independence Trail West features several wooden flumes and is oriented for most of its length around the canyon of Rush Creek, a large tributary stream that enters the South Yuba River at Jones Bar.

Kenny Ranch Trails

Kenny Ranch is a large property west of Grass Valley with open meadows and a forested hillside that drops down toward Deer Creek on the north. In spring, look for outstanding wildflowers on ridge meadows.

Osborne Hill Trails

Osborne Hill Trail Area makes up the southern arm of Empire Mine State Historic Park with boundless riding and hiking options through deep woods and some open areas. Along the way look for remnants of several significant mines.

Rattlesnake Trail

Located off Rattlesnake Road in Grass Valley, this lovely, quiet forested walk with an irrigation canal and mining history was a joint project of the Rattlesnake Neighborhood Association and Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Union Hill Trail Area

The Union Hill Trail Area is part of the 800-acre Empire Mine State Historic Park, offering a number of less populated opportunities for hiking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding.

Yuba Rim Trail

Opened officially to the public in the spring of 2015, this volunteer built Land Trust trail offers views of snow-capped peaks and the confluence of the Middle Yuba River and North Yuba River with a moderately challenging 4.5 mile round trip hike with a 500-foot elevation gain.