15 miles
6,675 ft
-6,546 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of South Yuba Trail

South Yuba Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Nevada County
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #14327 in Mountain Biking

Backcountry singletrack. No real sustained climbs but the up and down will take its toll by the end of the day.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for South Yuba Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    130 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,134 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,022 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,515 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,645 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
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on Apr 2, 2018
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to south-yuba-trail trailhead (39.340736, -120.971347)
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South Yuba Trail Trail Reports

Apr 2, 2018 @ 12:32pm
Apr 2, 2018
Some trees down. Most after the 4 mile point.
Jan 16, 2018 @ 8:35am
Jan 16, 2018
Fantastic trail. Earlier comment about bushwhacking seems overstated. There is some overhanging vegetation throughout, but this is a multiple use...
Sep 3, 2017 @ 10:43am
Sep 3, 2017
Fallen trees in each mile and some overgrowth. Trail is washed away and significantly overgrown near river, approximately My ride was as much...
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Jul 25, 2018 @ 9:13am
Jul 25, 2018
South Yuba Trail, Nevada City

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag dkscott (Jan 16, 2018 at 8:47)
 Fantastic trail through remote area. This is not a ripping flow trail, so if you are looking for a place to open up the brakes for miles and miles, go elsewhere. The trail is narrow, often off camber and some overhanging vegetation in spots. The exposure is quite exhilarating in places and a fall would be bad though not nearly as dangerous as the section downstream of Edwards Crossing. The associated views are phenomenal. The trail is technical in spots, but nothing advanced. MTB project shows this trail continuing towards the river as you near Edwards Crossing. I had trouble navigating that and was running out of time. Worth exploring if you have the time. I think the key is heading into the campground and not to the trailhead. Trail Forks does not show this section, but I saw some folks joking down there when I got back to Edwards Crossing. Enjoy!
  • + 1
flag bl858 (Feb 18, 2018 at 9:20)
 I agree with with the last comment. Doing this as an out-and-back is a fairly physically demanding day out. The vast majority of the trail is pretty smooth, but you will be carrying or pushing your bike in more than one spot. The ideal setup would be a lightweight hardtail with tires that can get traction on leaf litter. A lot of tree shade, but the trail is on a south facing hillside, so it stays pretty warm. Kneepads and a long-sleeve shirt will make all the brush less annoying. Totally worth riding, just expect a backcountry adventure.

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