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Take a Hike: Cascade Canal Trail

Jan 29, 2020 11:29AM

LOCATED IN: Nevada City off Highway 49. Take Gracie Road to the intersection of Banner-Lava Cap Road. Look for “Cascade Canal Access Trail.”

Distance: 4.5 miles one way; minimal elevation gain.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); mountain biking allowed; parking is free.

Fuel Up: Head into Grass Valley for a burger and fries at Pine Street Burgers (1249 East Main Street) where they also offer hot dogs, shakes, and kids’ meals; or visit Durga’s Divine Café (1237 East Main Street) for a variety of healthy breakfast and lunch options, smoothies, and specialty coffee drinks. 

Why We Love It: Family-friendly; level, dirt path that follows along the canal; great for beginners; heavily shaded.

Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right, and that hikers have the right of way over mountain bikers.

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