You find ample parking at 115 Cement Hill Road. Don’t mind the trail work underway just beyond the first bridge. Without this trail maintenance work, the underbrush crowds out the native trees and the competition for water and nutrients creates undue stress on the trees making them vulnerable to beetle attack and fungus. (Photo credit: Mary West)
The four-mile round trip in and out follows Highway 49. You can hear the traffic on the highway on several parts of the hike. If you take your canine companion, make sure they are leashed. The trail runs very close to the highway in a couple spots. The two-mile marker is near the Indian Flat Road intersection with Highway 49. This is your turnaround.
Woods Ravine was a very nice area. It was here that I spotted the massive oak tree. Large pines also dot this trail. The sunlight pierced through the canopy, lighting the trail here, making for some great pictures. The trail skirts several private homes. Please respect the property lines and stay on the trail.
To get to Hirschman Trail from Auburn, take Highway 49 north to Nevada City. Just above Nevada City turn left to stay on Hwy 49 toward Downieville. The second road to the right, just past the Rood Center is Cement Hill Road. Drive up Cement Hill Road to the parking lot on the left.
The boulders, pond, trees, bridges and trail are just a few good reasons to check out Hirschman Trail in Nevada County.
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