Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
STATE:
ACTIVITY:
SEARCH:
California > California Scenic Byways > Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway
Destination Locator:

Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway

Route 20--Part of Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway- This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway and State Scenic Highway in the northern Gold Country Region near Nevada City, goes through pine forests and offers views of the dramatic results of hydraulic mining.
Route 49--Part of Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway- This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway and State Scenic Highway winds through the Yuba River Canyon of the northern High Sierra and Gold Country Regions.

Search by Name within California:



Activity Locator:

Activities within Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway:

All Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway Outdoor Recreation Activities

Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway
   Customized Topo Maps and Aerial Photos
Outdoor Gear and Clothing

Search by Name within California:



Trip Planner

Hotels Airline Tickets Car Rentals
B&Bs Yellow Pages City Guide


General Information

Description - This scenic byway forms a loop which includes the communities of Nevada City, Truckee, Sierra City and Downieville. There are outdoor opportunities for viewing scenery and historic sites, camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and more.

Attractions - The route follows paved primary roads with opportunities for exploring on secondary roads. The primary route is open year-round. Along the way you'll find campgrounds, picnic areas, and historic towns with fuel, groceries, restaurants, shops, hotels and motels. There are outdoor opportunities for viewing scenery, hiking, fishing, boating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and more. Some communities such as Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee offer all major services.

Recreation - Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway is recognized for its natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and scenic attractions.

Climate - The Tahoe area generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - This scenic byway forms a loop which includes the communities of Nevada City, Truckee, Sierra City and Downieville. A portion of the byway includes I-80 in the Donner Pass area. The remainder of the byway lies north of I-80.

Traveling counter-clock wise on the route, from Truckee, travel north on State Highway 89. Go past Randolph to State Highway 49. Travel west on 49 to Nevada City. From Nevada City go east on State Highway 20 to I-80. Follow I-80 east, back toward Truckee, with a small detour over Donner Pass.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!


More Information

Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

Advertisement





About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2017 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.