Jones Bar Trail


Trail Manager: California State Parks 

Length: 2 miles round trip

Difficulty: moderate (the trail descends to the river from Hwy 49, utilizing switchbacks)

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

Rules: Dogs on leash; no bicycles or motorized vehicles; no smoking or fires; no camping

Trailhead: From the north end of Nevada City where Highway 49 turns west toward Downieville, go 6.25 miles on Hwy 49 north.  A highway sign tells northbound travelers the Independence Trailhead is coming up. There is parking along the east side of Highway 49 by the trailhead, and overflow parking just around the next curve down Highway 49. In the parking area look for a “Trail Entrance” sign, kiosk and restrooms on your right (N39.29164 W121.09734). For Jones Bar Trail, go to the right at the kiosk, walk about 100′ and pass under Highway 49 via a low-ceiling pedestrian underpass measuring 60 feet long by 58 inches high. An eighth of a mile in, you will come to the trailhead for Jones Bar Trail with a sign pointing your way. From there the trail switchbacks down to the river. 

PLEASE NOTE: Independence Trail West remains closed beyond the first section you walk to reach Jones Bar Trail. Please do not pass beyond the barrier as it is unsafe.

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