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.
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.
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.