Rough & Ready Ditch Trail


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Trail Manager: Trail operated by Bear Yuba Land Trust | Contact / (530) 272-5994

Length: Rough & Ready Ditch Trail: 1.0 mile. Connects to Wildflower Ridge Trail: 0.9 mile. The full loop using both trails and connecting links: 2.6 miles

Altitude Change: 36′

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

Rules: No motorized vehicles, dogs on leash

Trailheads: The Rough & Ready Ditch Trail is part of the Wildflower Ridge Preserve trail system, located at 13167 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. From the top of Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley go 1.4 miles west out of town on West Main Street (becomes Rough & Ready Highway) to the intersection of Rough & Ready Highway and Ridge Road. The east end trailhead is at the dirt parking area next to the A to Z Supply “Garden Center” on Ridge Road. (N39.22928 W121.07946). When church is not in service, you can use the parking lot at Twin Cities Church to access the trails.

Rough & Ready Ditch Trail Facts: Hidden away on a peaceful wooded slope within Wildflower Ridge Preserve, the Rough & Ready Ditch Trail follows the historic canal quietly shuttling water from Nevada City to Rough & Ready — as it has been doing since 1854; this ditch was the first attempt to build a large scale mining ditch in California. Rough & Ready Ditch Trail connects to Wildflower Ridge Trail, which boasts open meadows with brilliant displays of wildflowers April through May.

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