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Point Defiance Trail (Beginner/Intermedia­te) 2 Miles

2 miles/ 1 hour

Type: Out and back Elev. Gain: 85 ft. Features: Lake, River, Views, Wildflowers, Wildlife, Historic Covered Bridge

Trail head: Visitor parking lot. Second parking lot with Ranger Station. Parking fee is $5 which will go to California State Parks. Sacramento Trail Mix membership required.

Things to bring: Water Snacks Appropriate shoes for slick, rock and all-terrain surfaces.

Optional: Bug repellent, flash light or head lamp, binoculars. 

Suggested donation: $5

Rain or Shine hike.

Depart: 2 PM

South Yuba River State Park 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd Penn Valley, CA 95946


Directions to Trailhead: From Sacramento Get on I-5 N Take CA-99 N, follow signs for Yuba City/ Marysville Take CA-70 N, follow signs for Marysville/ Oroville Take Feather River Blvd exit Keep right at fork, turn right on Feather River Blvd 1st right onto N Beale Road Turn left to stay on N Beale Road Turn left onto Hammonton/Smartsville Road Continue onto Chuck Yeager Rd./Smartsville Road Turn right on CA-20 E Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road Trailhead is to the right Parking is to the right

Portable toilets are available at Point Defiance

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  • Gary P.

    Crystal thanks for posting this event. I remember when we did it together and saw a Bald Eagle. What a magical moment. We walked around the corner and sitting on a branch not more than 50 feet away was an adult male. What's more interesting is that he stayed for 5 minutes while we checked him out. My closest encounter with a wild one so far. Thanks to you a day I will not soon forget. Plus learning that a mated pair now calls this area their home excites me as we might see more in the area. Plus the flowers there this time of year are worth the trip alone. Am seriously considering playing hooky from work to spend time with you in such a great place. :) If I can, will pull away and meet you at the trail head. With love, Dad

    1 · May 5, 2014

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