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Independence Trail - Fall Colors

This is a leaderless hike suggested by one of our members.  It's a wonderful suggestion and just be prepared to be relatively on your own (even though you'll likely be surrounded by dozens of other Hikers with Kids).  Everyone will begin whenever they are ready and will go at their own pace.  Know your families limits and be really careful.  Parking for so many could be difficult.  You may want to arrive early and WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC ON HWY 49 after you get out of your vehicles and walking to the trailhead.  Keep your kids on a short leash until you get on the trail.  Dogs may not be a good idea.  You'll find the drive there through Nevada City and Hwy 49 to be breathtaking with all the color.  If you're not feeling up to the unguided hike, just walking around and having lunch in Nevada City is another nice day to be had.

To Start 
Take Hwy. 49 and go 5.5 miles north of Nevada City.

You can park in turnouts near the trailhead which is located about a half a mile south of the Yuba River.  Warning - Be careful with the traffic on Hwy 49.

Hiking Distance 
You can go 2.5 miles downstream (west) or upstream (east). 
The west trail offers a 4.3 mile loop along a swimming trail to Jones Bar Road and then goes back up to Excelsior Canal and back to the start.

There is Wheelchair Accessibility for 1.5 miles in each direction of the trailhead. This trail follows the path of the Excelsior Canal which was built during the Gold Rush. 

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  • Chris C.

    Can anyone who attended reply to say how the hike went? Good fall colors? About how many attended?

    October 31, 2013

    • Candy F.

      We were late so we didn't get to join the group, but the hike was worth the drive! We took the west route and my boys loved the sloughs (sp?)!. Lots of gold leaves, not too many red/orange. We'd like to go back and do the east trail.

      November 1, 2013

  • Heidi

    This is one of my favorite hikes I do every year.

    August 23, 2013

    • Elizabeth P.

      Floating pumpkin patch! What!?

      October 26, 2013

    • Heidi

      It's just today at the indoor swimming pool in Roseville.

      October 26, 2013

  • Rosemary B.

    My Dad lives in Nevada City! While the hike is closed if anyone wants company for the car ride I would love to come along with my seven year old son. Send me an email if you are interested, also I could help out with the cost of gas. I live in Ranch Cordova.

    October 24, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Due to the huge response, we have closed the ability to RSVP for this trip. But if you'd like to hike the Independence Trail, it's still okay to go. You may want to arrive earlier.

    October 21, 2013

  • sheri

    Plus my other child, so 4 of us total.

    October 15, 2013

  • Marsha

    My son, his friend (both 11) and I will be camping above Nevada City so we will meet you all there.

    October 14, 2013

  • Erin H.

    Can't wait... My daughter and I are excited!

    October 6, 2013

  • jessica s.

    sounds fun

    September 28, 2013

  • Nicole Brooks M.

    My kids and I love the independence trial cat wait to see the fall colors :)

    September 18, 2013

  • renee

    Awesome!! I've been waiting for life to settle a bit after the start of the school year. This dye and location will be perfect. Looking forward to meeting ya'll.

    August 23, 2013

  • Elizabeth P.

    I've been wanting to do this trail too with my three-year old boy and am looking forward to my first Meetup hike!

    August 22, 2013

    • Sylvia

      How funny that I signed on and found you :) Small world! I almost joined you last week at Track 7 too!

      August 22, 2013

    • Elizabeth P.

      Oh my goodness, totally funny! We would have loved to have seen you at Track 7, it was fun and totally kid friendly! Hopefully we'll be out hiking together soon!

      August 22, 2013

  • Susanne C.

    Thank you! We'll go as far as we can go hike with the kids.

    August 22, 2013

  • Sylvia

    Hi, This will be my first hike with the group. My daughter is 8 1/2, and I've been forcing her to hike with me since she was 3 :)

    August 22, 2013

  • Carla

    This is a fabulous trail for kids...We've done both sides of it. It also has some nice swim/paddle areas weather permitting.

    August 22, 2013

  • Sarah T.

    How long is the hike going to be?

    August 22, 2013

  • Amanda

    I've been wanting to do this trail and to hike with this group. I think this will be the hike!

    August 22, 2013

  • outsidejay

    The best time to go is mid October to mid November...

    August 22, 2013

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