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Independence Trail East and Miner's Tunnel

This is a beginner/intermediate hike. Well-shaded and much like the West trail. We'll hike about 2 miles to an unmarked service road that leads down (steep) to the Yuba River. After about ½ mile we'll come to a sign for Hoyt’s Crossing, where those who choose not to join in the adventure of Miner's Tunnel may go directly down to the swimming hole, where we will all meet for lunch. Anyone interested in going through the tunnel should be aware of the following: The tunnel is approximately 500 yards long, carved from solid granite, beautiful, but DARK so bring a flashlight or head lamp. The tunnel floor is smooth, SLIPPERY, and uneven. The going is slow and it will require patience and teamwork. Expect to get wet. The water running through the tunnel is ankle to knee deep. Cameras, phones, or other electronic devices should be sealed in plastic. Miner's Tunnel is a memorable adventure, well worth the time and effort. Please Note: Dogs should not be taken through the tunnel.

8:00am meet at the Roseville park and ride (Sunsplash)
9:15am arrival at trailhead

Outhouses at the trailhead

Contact: Greg S. [masked] or Doreen N. [masked]

Directions from Sacramento:
Take Highway 80 to Auburn.
Exit onto Route 49 heading north (exit right then turn left at the stoplight to go under the freeway).
Stay on 49, making the left-hand turnoff just after Nevada City.
Continue approximately 5.6 miles to the trailhead, which is on the right-hand side of the road, with roadside parking along both sides of Highway 49.

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  • Sherpa H.

    WOW--- great new trail and new folks to meet-- great tunnel experience (twice) great swimming hole -- wish i could have spent time speaking and meeting the friends-- (oh i did spend a lot of time with one) greg great leader and good instincts to check / doreen and all that helped -- thank you-- i am drained after that hike .... enjoy the pics

    September 8, 2012

  • Bonnie R.

    We were late but met up at the swimming hole. Nice trail, water was perfect, tunnel was cool!

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was late n took the trail all the way around down to a popular swim hole. Sorry I missed everyone!!

    September 8, 2012

  • Bonnie R.

    I'm with u Cathy, woohoo!

    September 7, 2012

  • Cathy H

    I feel like swimming is in order. See you at the trail head.

    September 7, 2012

  • Victoria

    Back in the saddle again....It's been awhile since I have been hiking with a group.. What is the organizer and car pool customary fees? Thx in advance !

    September 7, 2012

    • Greg S

      Hi Victoria, We don't expect any organizer fees. We planned to take a hike and invited anyone who might be interested to join us. I've seen different car pool fees posted by organizers. I like to leave that between you and the people in your car pool to decide.

      September 7, 2012

  • Bonnie R.

    Looks like we will meet at the trail head.

    September 7, 2012

  • Eric

    Is anyone going from the midtown/East Sac area I could catch a ride with?

    September 5, 2012

    • Nan V

      Eric, I can pick you up - can you get to Camellia center at 59th & Folsom ?

      September 7, 2012

  • Barbara Yolanda B.

    What time do you expect to return to Sunsplash?

    August 22, 2012

    • Greg S

      Hi Barbara. The last time we led this hike we were back to Sunsplash at about 2:30. It all depends on how much time we all want to swim and relax by the water. Hoyt's crossing is a large swimming area where the water runs slow and it's more like a natural pool fed by the river.

      August 26, 2012

  • Luci

    FYI, Hoyt's crossing is the local clothing optional beach, and is very popular!

    August 23, 2012

    • Greg S

      Hi Luci, You are correct. We've hiked to Miner's Tunnel three times this year. The swimming area is a local clothing optional beach. The three times we have taken this hike we found that only a few of the people at the beach have opted not to wear swimsuits.

      August 26, 2012

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