IMBA EPIC Ride - South Yuba Trail, California

South Yuba Trail


Looking for the ultimate singletrack adventure? Then the South Yuba Epic has your name all over it. Located about 20 miles north of Nevada City on the far west side of the Sierra Nevada range, the South Yuba is more than 35 miles of mountain bike bliss. A highlight of this ride is the nearly 17-mile stretch of singletrack along the South Yuba River.

Although you'll be hard pressed to find a rock or root on this trail, don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy jaunt. The tight singletrack and numerous short, steep climbs will test you.


Technical and steep in places, requires some bike portage. 


The South Yuba Epic is located approximately 20 miles north of Nevada City off Highway 49.

Start this ride from Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park. To get there from Nevada City, go north on Highway 49 toward Downieville for 11 miles. Turn right on Tyler Foote Road, stay on pavement and follow yellow line to the park. The road changes names a number of times. The last mile into North Bloomfield/Malakoff Diggins is dirt and gravel. 

The trail is available for year-round access, but occasionally the trails at higher elevations are closed due to snow.

Food and drink

Go to Mekka for your morning caffeine fix and the South Pine Café for breakfast and lunch. Several small vineyards in the area give tours and wine tasting.

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13.533 km / 8.409 mi

Total Distance

842 m / 2,761 ft

Total Ascent

880 m / 2,887 ft

Total Descent

831 m / 2,725 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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