Past Meetup

Independence Trail East and Miner's Tunnel

This Meetup is past

24 people went


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.