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próximo a Jones Bar (historical), California (United States)
As you get closer to the Yuba River, there are many splinter trails. It seems like they all lead down to the river. There is a nice swimming hole along with some beach space. It is loud & noisy because of all the traffic flying above you on the 49. The "jake brakes" squealing from the trucks was a bit unnerving ... but it is beautiful.
What goes down, must come up so we continued up Jones Bar Rd to meet up with Independence Trail West from the "end of trail" side. This ascent up the road is much longer than the short descent but it's safer. That being said; it is steep, rutted, rocky, dusty and totally sun exposed. You'll definitely get your cardio going and your body glistening!
The Independence West trail sign is hard to find from Jones Bar Rd. It is set back about 8 ft from the road and is only a slim post with the words, "end of trail". Once your on this trail, it is easy-smeasy all the way back to your vehicle. The trail is mostly shady as you walk along or inside the old ditches & flumes. There are some picnic tables and benches along the way.
I'm rating this hike as Moderate only because of the Jones Bar Trail & Road sections.
If you do the Independence West trail as an out'n'back, then I'd rate it as Easy.