Full Suspension Ahead
Hike to Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge near Nevada City
Fall colors, a beautiful suspension bridge, and an interesting history comprise this easy 2-mile loop through the Nisenan Tribute Site located just outside of Nevada City. The site is part of Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail System and includes the Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge.
Access the trailhead directly from Nevada City (see Tip below). Or start at the Nisenan Tribute Site trailhead and take the Deer Creek Access Trail, crossing the road at one point and coming to the first historical marker. It has information on the contributions of native Nisenan and Chinese people to the history of the area. Next, hike through a forest currently filled with autumn colors, and to Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge. Built by the Forest Trails Alliance and Seattle Bridge Company, the bridge is 150 feet long over Deer Creek.
After crossing the bridge (and getting all the photos!), follow the Deer Creek Trail along the canyonside through mixed forest with everchanging views of the canyon. As you approach an access road, take a hard left to remain on the trail, which dips back into the forest. Pass a few more signs providing information on the area’s history. The final turn before returning to the suspension bridge is marked by a historical marker titled “California’s Indigenous Diversity.” Head back across the bridge and out of the canyon to complete the hike.
TIP: Hike Right from Town: From the Miner’s Foundry on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City, head west onto Factory Street. The road will soon curve to the left, the pavement will end, and you will be on a one-lane dirt road (Wyoming Street) that parallels Deer Creek. In about 0.3 mile, the dirt road will come out onto the pavement of Old Downieville Highway, which you can follow another 0.3 mile to where Champion Mine Road goes down to your left. The Nisenan Tribute Site trailhead will be on your left.
Parking can be tight right next to the trailhead but additional parking can be found further down Champion Mine Rd. No water or restrooms are available along the trail. Dog-friendly (Rocco approved)!
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