Today we’ll run about 8 miles, 4 miles out and 4 miles back, along the South Fork of the Yuba River, the soul of Nevada County. We’ll head up highway 49 and just as we get to the north edge of Nevada City we’ll take that sharp left turn that Highway 49 makes to head further north toward Downieville. If you miss this turn, and it’s easy to do, you will be on Highway 20 heading east toward Tahoe. That’s a nice road, but not the one you want to be on.
As soon as you make that Highway 49 jog to the left, look for the first road to the right, Coyote Road. Turn right onto Coyote and wind uphill for about a mile. You will come out on North Bloomfoeld Road. Turn right and stay on this road for 6 or 7 miles. The last mile will wind down into the South Yuba Canyon. The correct name is South Fork of the Yuba, but if you say South Yuba everyone will know what you are talking about.
Park at the closest end of the bridge. There is a toilet, but no running water. Actually there is running water, a picturesque little creek burbling down to the parking lot, but I don’t recommend drinking out of it. Get out. Go the the outhouse if you are in need. Walk out on the Edwards Crossing bridge. It’s a great place to stretch before your run or hike. Spend a few minutes looking upstream and downstream. Be quiet. Listen. Feel the sweet vibration.
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