South Yuba Loop - Trail, Nevada City, California

South Yuba Loop - Trail, Nevada City, California

DESCRIPTION

Ugh...this ride kicked my butt...literally. I'm sitting here typing this on a Friday night with four abrasions, one lacerations (six stitches) and poison oak. I tipped over the wrong way somewhere between pics 9 and 10. I fell down the hill and head first into a fallon over tree. I'm not kidding when I say that I really think my helmet saved my life. Scared the crap out of me. I now worship my Giro E2. I was still five to six miles from my car and since my head wound wasn't pouring blood I decided to just keep going 'til I got down to the water to clean myself up. Once there I ran across two people hangin' out (the only people I saw that day) and asked them to evaluate my head since I couldn't see it. Turns out the guy was a first responder and I had just purchased a new first aide kit from REI. He cleaned me up with the help of his girlfriend...I definitely cashed in some good karma points. I also came across two snakes (one rattled) and my GPS lost satellites for a good part of the last third of the ride (just wasn't my day). So my data is broken and not quite accurate. The aerial view shows what I got data wise. The other views I freehanded with the mouse. Pretty cool ride, though. Just bring a friend with ya.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 15, 2008]
Jadedbee
Weekend Warrior

Booo! Please believe all of the complaining in the above reviews. Lots of poison oak, lots of mosquitoes, eye gnats galore, and way more climbing than you would ever expect going downstream along a river. I am a strong rider, but this took me over four hours w/ no mechanicals or crashes (luckily). You're riding along the side of an avalanche at most parts where there is just a thin sliver of very loose rocks you have to stay on.
Lots of sharp leaved bushes hang over the trail besides the oak. Many parts are un-rideable due to erosion, large rocks, or very steep switchbacks with no traction (if there aren't loose rocks there are loose leaves and pine needles). A few descents were fun, but too short and narrow to be a reward for all the suffering.

Customer Service

My wife dropped me off at the South Yuba trailhead just above the town of Washington and I rode west down the river to Edwards Crossing. I used 3 different maps: 1 printed in last year's Downiville guide, 1 posted on an mtbr bulletin, and some Google earth exploring. I couldn't get a USFS map (they aren't available online); maybe this would have helped. There are lots of forks and bridges that were unmarked or called something completely different than what was on my map. I never saw signs for most of the landmarks on my maps. Also note: don't send your significant others in a 2wd car along N. Bloomfield Road through Malakoff Diggins! This is a OHV fireroad. But, yes, you can yell at me for doing this alone; I'm an idiot.

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Pioneer is nearby and much more fun. Also the trails around Lake Oroville are pretty cool and are relatively the same distance from Sacramento. Hole in the Ground would be another better choice.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 18, 2008]
jminn8086
Cross Country Rider

I will describe my recent ride on the South Yuba from the South Yuba campground out to Washington and back along the Rim Trail.

Course: South Yuba campground to Washington; Relief Road to North Bloomfield; Rim Trail to North Bloomfield road and back to campground.
Ride time: 4-5 hours
elevation change: ~ 10K
climbing: 5400 ft

Customer Service

I've ridden this both ways and I recommend riding from South Yuba out to Missouri drop or all the way to Washington and back versus the more popular route up North Bloomfield road to Missouri drop and back.

The course starts with a killer downhill followed by a fun and fast ride to Primitive Camp. There are a couple of short steep climbs in route to Missouri drop.

From Missouri drop things get interesting! You're faced with a long steep climb that has multiple switchbacks. This climb is as tough as you're going to find on the Yuba. The reward is fast sweeping singletrack with banked turns and a drop back down to the river. There are a couple of hike-a-bike sections where the trail has washed out or too loose to climb, but otherwise, this is one of the best rides in the area.

Similar Products Used:

- Round Mountain
- Pioneer trail
- North Yuba
- Bullard's Bar
- any trail in Downieville

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 27, 2007]
chrisdabiker
Cross Country Rider

Visit this page for the whole scoop

http://rvhpa.net/mtbike/syuba.htm

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used:

Steven's trail, lot's of trails in the Auburn recreation area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2006]
dhouston
Cross Country Rider

Wholly $##!. I read about this trail in a book and decided as a father's day gift to treat myself to a ride. Regrettably, I did not read the trail descrition as closely as I should. Not that I did not have a blast but I am accoustomed to more benign treks. Started with a 3 miles uphill on a graded road. Pretty good elevation change and the loose gravel made it somewhat of a challenge. After a one mile downhill reprive you join up with the Rim Trail. Very fun 4 mile single track jaunt. When I reached the Malakoff Campground site I went the wrong and illegal way but found this next half mile to be some of the most kick-butt single track around. Met up with town of North Bloomfield and began another short climb on graded road (1 mile). Go right at T and begin a long and serpentining downhill along Missouri Flat Trail. This is fun but as they say what goes down must come up. At T, close to the Yuba River go right and for the next 8+ miles and be prepared for some very technical, sometimes unpassible (Portage for 500 yards)narrow single track. Book I read indicated that uphills were not all that steep but they sucked the wind out of me. Don't be fooled into thinking that you can travel this section fast as a some of the turns will sneak up on you and if not careful you can kiss your fanny goodbye as there is a sheer drop along most of this trail into the river over 100 feet below. Perhaps the most beautfiul ride one can take if you are on a nice liesurely ride as there are terrific vistas and views of the scenic South Yuba. Mostly shaded but areas of exposure so bring lots of water. Reviews of this trail indicate that it is between 17-18 miles, trust me it is all of that as it took me 2.5 hours where other trails of similar length take me around two hours.

Customer Service

See other reviews.

Similar Products Used:

Pioneer, Foresthill Divide, Clementine Loop

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 28, 2006]
GeneHacker
Weekend Warrior

Great single track and view. Much more climbing than you would expect.

Customer Service

the loop

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2004]
steelstump93
Cross Country Rider

Rode the trail from Missouri Bar to South Yuba Camp. Trail starts with a fairly steep downhill (non technical) for a couple miles until you meet up with the south yuba river trail. The next 4 miles of trail are up and down on somewhat loose,non technical single track. The second half of the trail starts off with a rocky technical section, that is only partialy rideable (at least for me), and continues with a little more downhill than the first section of river trail. There are also a few more obstacles than the first part of the trail, along with a couple of fun bridge crossings. The best part of the trail is the second half. The hardest part of the trail is the fact that you are riding a ridge with a pretty steep drop to your left for most of the ride. Make sure that you stop riding before you admire the river because there isn't a lot of margin for error on the trail. If you have a problem with poisin oak stay off of this trail, I've never seen so much poisin oak on a trail in my life. The reason I'm giving this trail a 4 rating instead of a three is because the second half of the trail was fun and the views of the river are pretty nice. I'd actually give it a 3.5 if I could.

Customer Service

If you have two vehicles park at the top of the missouri bar trail (just outside of the town of Bloomfield), and ride down the missouri bar trail to the south yuba trail and take a right. Go about 7-8 miles until you get to south yuba camp. There are a few trails that will take you down to the river, just remember that you have to climb back out. I also went back and rode part way up the last part of the trail.

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I also rode the clementine loop in Auburn. Fun trail but hot.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2003]
MTB rick
Racer

Here is reveiw of this trail form the perspective of a local. If your a strong rider with good technical sklls this is a 2 -3 hour ride. The rim trail is hard insomeparts but totally rideable. The worst part of this loop is the poison oak. I stay away from here in the summer. The best time to ride it is in the fall and winter.

Customer Service

The route described above or for a longer ride, start at the same place but ride the S YUba trail out to Washington and back.....a MUCH harder ride!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 13, 2003]
Cross Country Rider

This trail displays all of the beauty of the Sierra's in one intense ride. There's a great swim hole, and this ride is really beautiful, but it's not for riders who don't like climbing. There's quite a bit of it here. In fact I felt like we did nothing but climb, the whole ride. You start off at the staging area and climb 800 ft over three miles. Then it's flat, and a little down until you reach the rim trail. Rim is mostly flat with some really steep, un-climbable sections. Then it's downhill, for about two miles into the town of N. Bloomfield, and another steep, 1 mile, climb to the head of Missouri bar trail. At this point I was tired and ready for some sweet downhill single-track. Well, we got the downhill, but it's so steep and narrow you can't just relax and have fun. You have to constantly stand on the brakes to stop yourself from launching over the edge. The trail was too narrow, steep and loose to be much fun. The real pain begins at the South Yuba trail. You descend for a little while and reach the swim hole. You’re only about 300 feet below staging here, but once you begin to climb it feels like you never stop. The trail goes up and down, up and down, up and down. I think just the South Yuba cumulative climb is probably 1500 feet. That’s on top of the 1500 we already did at the beginning of the ride. I was in agony when I finished this ride. I'm a pretty strong climber and my legs were jello and they actually hurt, like I had done heavy squats. I would NOT recommend this trail for riders who don’t LOVE to climb. If you're riding a rig with anything more than 4 inches of travel, this is not your trail. I ride a four inch rig with no lock out and I regret the day I ever set foot on this trail. Oh, by the way, the climbs weren’t bad enough, we had eye gnats so severe I almost went insane. By the end of the ride, I found myself screaming profanities as I was attempting to climb steep inclines, with almost useless jello legs, while holding the bars with one hand and swatting the gnats away from my face with the other. Those little suckers are HATEFULL. 50 of them will buzz right in front of your face. When you swat them away, they'll come right back. UGH! This was not an enjoyable ride, except for the absolute serene and utterly peaceful time that can be had by the river. For some reason there were no gnats at the river. Maybe there won’t be any gnats in spring when we’ll go back and try it again. This time with a lock out for my rear shock.

Customer Service

Start at the staging area off of N. Bloomfield road. Ride up to the rim trail on N. Bloomfield. Take rim trail until you reach a gate, which will be at a camp site. Stay straight(don't go right) on this paved road and follow it down and back to N. Bloomfield road. Go right and descend into the town of N. Bloomfield. Take a left onto Relief road. Climb for about a mile until you reach Missouri bar trail head on your right. Descend Missouri bar until you reach the South Yuba trail. Go right(switchback) at South Yuba and follow it back to the staging area.

Similar Products Used:

Butcher ranch, second divide, first divide

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 25, 2003]
kmanniko
Weekend Warrior

2nd time to ride this trail and it's awesome! Since I was here last year, the main trail was much more evident and I did'lt get lost (therby hiking the bike) nearly as much as I did last year. Unbelievable swimming pool right off the trail.

Customer Service

as described above

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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