Yuba River Area - Swim near Olympic Valley, California
Olympic Valley,California
39.139, -120.244
GPS: 39°8'20.4"N 120°14'38.4"W
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State: California


Many swimming holes in the branches of the Yuba River and tributaries, near Nevada City. See DIRECTIONS below for details.Courtesy of swimmingholes.org

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Olympic Valley, California

  1. Head north on Squaw Valley Rd (2.3 mi)
  2. Turn right onto CA-89 S/W River Rd (5.1 mi)
  3. Turn right onto W Lake Blvd (2.4 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Pineland Dr (0.4 mi)
  5. Turn left onto Twin Peaks Dr (0.1 mi)
  6. Turn right onto Ward Creek Blvd (1.6 mi)
  7. Continue onto Courchevel Rd (1.6 mi)
  8. Turn left onto Gstaad Rd (0.7 mi)

From Sacramento, take I-80 northeast to Exit 119 at Auburn. Take Rt 49 north toward Grass Valley. (Note that Rt 49 and Rt 20 overlap at one point.) Follow Rt 49/20 into Nevada City. Then:

EDWARDS CROSSING [EDWC]: Apparently a very popular (i.e., crowded) spot on the South Yuba but quieter places are nearby. PHOTO , PHOTO.  To get here from Nevada City, at the split of Rt 20 and Rt 49 in Nevada City turn left (sharp left) (Nevada City Carriage Company is on the right). Drive for about 1/4 of a mile or less. North Bloomfield road is the second road on the right after Coyote Rd.( there is a fire station at the corner). Take North Bloomfield road for about 1 mile until the "T" in the road and bear right.

Follow North Bloomfield road for about 8 miles until the South Yuba Recreation area and Edwards Crossing. The last mile of road to Edwards Crossing is very narrow and steep, so take it slow. The road is paved all the way until Edwards Crossing. It is much better to approach Edwards Crossing from the south side of the bridge. The road on the north side is not paved. Also, the parking is on the south side of the bridge and that is where the bathrooms are located.

This is a very popular place so get there early since the parking can fill up quickly. ("I got there at 9 AM and was the only one there in April. However, at 11 AM there were about 40 cars!!!") This place is right here under the bridge. LAT, LON : lat=39.330197, lon=-120.984125 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified by another. Updated 6/2010.
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