South Yuba Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The South Yuba trail is 9 miles long. It begins at Trailhead By Poorman Creek and ends at @ State Trail @ Forest Bndry.. The trail is open for the following uses: Mountain Biking

At a Glance

Restrictions: Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Use level: Medium 

General Information


Trailhead Access: West Terminus-On the North Bloomfield Road, from Edwards Crossing, drive north one mile to the South Yuba Campground.

East Terminus-From the South Yuba River bridge at the east end of the town of Washington, travel north less than one mile, bear left, continuing on Washington Road.  After a short distance, turn left on Relief Hill Road (Rd. #36). 

The pavement ends 0.4 miles west.  Continue on the gravel road crossing Poorman Creek.

The trailhead is 0.1 miles beyond the creek (2 miles west of the South Yuba River bridge.).  

General Notes:

Topo Maps: North Bloomfield 7.5 and Washington 7.5 

Desription: The South Yuba Trail provides a varying and enjoyable hike along the South Yuba River.  From the South Yuba Campground, the trail descends into the South Yuba River Canyon, reaching the river’s edge several miles in.  Due to the spectacular cliffs and topography of the canyon, the trail is primarily above the river’s edge.  In some areas, the route is high above the cliffs, providing spectacular views of the canyon below.  River access is provided at four locations along the trail.West of the National Forest boundary, the trail continues on BLM lands for approximately five more miles, ending at the South Yuba Primitive Campground

For More Information: Tahoe National Forest

Yuba River Ranger District - South

631 Coyote Street

Nevada City, CA 95959

530-265-4531 (voice)

530-478-6118 (TDD) 




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  Area/Length : 
9 miles

  Elevation : 
2200 feet - 3000 feet