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Canyon Creek Trail is an easy 3.5 mile long trail at an elevation of 2,300 feet. This trail follows the road above the North Yuba River for two miles. It passes through an area where miners are allowed to camp, please do not disturb any equipment or take anything even if it looks abandoned. The road ends at Cherokee Creek where a newly constructed foot bridge spans the creek. Across the bridge, the route continues on a single track. A few hundred feet beyond the bridge is the Brandy City Trail which has been used since 1850. Presently it is not maintained. The trail follows the contour of the North Yuba River quite a distance above it and passes through Douglas fir and oak woodland. It is mostly level all the way to where the trail ends at Canyon Creek, a creek almost as large as the North Yuba River! This confluence is quite exciting when the water is running fast. Views of both canyons are quite impressive with or without high water.

Directions: From Downieville, Travel southwest on Hwy. #49 for 10 miles and the trailhead will be at Shenanigan Flat Road on the north bank of the North Yuba River before the highway bridge. Shenanigan Flat is an active mining area and authorized miners may use the road to reach their claims and camps.

Elevation: 2,300 feet

Ending Elevation: 2,000 feet

Elevation Gain: 300 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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Tahoe National Forest, California

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