South Yuba

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Trail Distance: 12 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hr 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

The beauty that makes up California can never be defined in one trail. With diverse landscapes and multiple natural habitats that make up the state, its no wonder so many trails explore the rugged and beautiful terrain of the area. The South Yuba Trail is one of these trails, and is unique among the rest thanks to its path along the gorgeous water of the South Yuba River.

Before entering on the path, you'll first enter the Parks & Recreation Department of the South Yuba River State Park, where there is free parking, restrooms, water fountains, scenic overlooks, and a picnic area. The first landmark before the trail is the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, which passes over the South Yuba River. After pictures, you will need to pass over the main road and travel east to enter the trail, which begins right at the edge of the woods that follow the river. 

The trail is a hikers and fishers paradise, since not only does it offer elevated views of the bright blue waters, but also has access points to the river to enter natural sandy and gravel beaches. These beaches are open to humans and pups, for fishing and swimming to cool off during the summer heat. The trail continues past and around the bends of the river, with additional sights of large boulders and small waterfalls that the river creates.

The path is small, only two feet wide and made of a compacted crushed stone and sandy mixture. The entire path is pretty shaded, with large pine trees covering the trail until about 8 miles in where there is a grassy opening and parking lot with restrooms and trash bins that provide access to a large swimming hole. The trail passes through, going back to the thick woods and shaded walking path. Finally, the last stretch after 4 miles brings hikers to Purdon Crossing, which marks the end of the trail. There are restrooms, parking space, and trash bins at this end.

The trail is long, but only has a few sharp inclines and provides an easy-going hike along the cool river path. With its cool windy breeze and plenty of shade, you and Fido won't want to leave this relaxing area when you're done.

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, River, Diverse Landscape, Mountains, Grassland
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The area in which the trail is has been in danger due to natural wildfires, so beware and look at the news of spreading danger before heading out to this trail. Hikers will need to bring waterproof shoes and bug spray since the trail can get muddy and full of bugs during the summer.
Address
South Yuba River State Park, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd
Penn Valley, CA 95946
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Address
South Yuba River State Park, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset