What’s your favorite dog friendly hike? I asked a few locals for some suggestions and here’s a list of 10 great options to take your four-legged friend on your next outdoor adventure around Nevada City & Grass Valley. Please remember to bring along a bag and pick up after your dog.
Empire Mine State Historic Park: Located in historic Grass Valley, Empire Mine State Park includes 14 miles of trails, open year round for hiking, walking your dog, or enjoying a horse or bike ride.
Buttermilk Bend Trail: This trail allows dogs on leashes. Buttermilk Bend Trail begins near Penn Valley, winding a little over a mile up the South Yuba River. Be sure to come in the Springtime to see the spectacular Spring wildflowers!
Independence Trail: The first ever wheelchair accessible wilderness trail in the country! With easy terrain and extra wide paths, the Independence Trail is the perfect hiking experience for the whole family, including furry friends on leashes.
Point Defiance Trail: This 2.5mile loop located near Bridgeport with access to a lake is the perfect way to get some exercise and then take a refreshing swim with your pup.
Deer Creek Tribute Trail: If you’re looking for a quick trip into nature, check out the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Located right in historic Nevada City, this trail features a suspension bridge which spans a portion of Deer Creek.
South Yuba Trail: Head to Edwards Crossing and walk downstream along the South Yuba Trail. In the winter months this trail is a great place to check out the lady bugs and if you’re lucky catch a glimpse of a kayaker running the Class 5 run.
Snow Mountain NID Trail: One mile up Highway 20 offers a level easy hike along the irrigation ditch. So grab your bike, your kid, the dog and hit the trail! Look for the turn out on the right hand side of Highway 20 heading east, the street Steep Hill Court is on the right, but the easier land mark is the power line in the middle of the turn out.
The Cascade Canal Trail: (or Banner Mountain/Gracie N.I.D. trail) is an easy 4.25 miles along the irrigation ditch. If you’re looking for an extra challenge take the Orene Wetherall trail down .6 miles and then climb back up, brought to you by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.
Litton Trail: The centrally located trail by Sierra College and Briar Patch has a paved section is a great option in Grass Valley for someone looking for an easier walk.
Alpha Omega rest stop: Located 18 miles east of Nevada City up Highway 20, it’s a great option in the year round. In the winter months it’s a great place to snowshoe or cross country ski with your dog in the winter months.
For more suggestions on dog friendly restaurants and activities, check out this page on our Things to Do section. And a friendly reminder that both the Outside Inn & Inn Town Campground are dog friendly, for those who are traveling to Nevada City and need a place to stay with their dogs.