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Pioneer Trail


Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Tahoe National Forest
State(s): California
Counties: Nevada and Placer
Longitude: -120.84569
Latitude: 39.321

Driving Directions

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The Pioneer Trail spans a distance of 25 miles, starting just east of Nevada City, and climbing along the current route of State Highway 20 to Bear Valley. There it departs from the highway and enters the South Yuba River canyon, where it climbs to join the Spaulding Lake Trail and the 41-mile system of nonmotorized trails in the Grouse Lakes area.

Additional Details

Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 6%
Maximum Grade: 30%
Elevation Low Point: 3,600
Elevation High Point: 5,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Joe Chavez
USDA Forest Service
15924 Hwy. 49
Camptonville, CA 95922
(530) 478-6253



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