Yuba Rim Trail

Location: Dobbins, CA (30 minutes outside of Nevada City, CA; 75 minutes outside of Sacramento, CA).

Distance: 5 miles

Type: Day-hike; Out-and-back

Rating: Easy

Dog Friendly?: Yes, on leash.

Permits & Fees: No permit or fee.

Driving Directions to Trailhead: Click HERE. Note that parking is very limited at the trailhead (located off of Marysville Road). It’s best to arrive early!

Preparation: Water and sunscreen!

The Hike:

After parking in the gravel parking lot, locate the following signs (the first is located at the end of the parking lot; continue on the trail and the other two signs will come into view):

  • trailhead sign
  • trailhead sign
  • trailhead sign

The Yuba Rim Overlook is located at the end of the hike (about 2.4 miles from the trailhead). The trail is marked by several signs and is relatively easy to follow:

At the 2 mile mark, there is a fork in the trail marked by a sign. To the right of the sign is the Trabucco/Yuba Drop Trail. Continue straight on the trail towards the Yuba Rim Overlook:

After hiking for about a half mile more, the overlook is reached:

To the right of the overlook is a small, unmarked trail that leads to another section of the cliff with even more views. Usually the Yuba River can be seen from here, but there was very little water when we were there:

After taking some time at the overlook, hike the same trail back to the parking lot. Please note that there are snakes in the area (we saw one on our way back to the trailhead). I would consider this trail a hidden gem- Enjoy!

This trail is maintained by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.