Maybert Road

From the town of Washington head north, through this small river town, {Picture}on Washington Road. Cross the bridge over the South Fork Yuba River then take a right on Maybert Road [the river's frontage road]. There are numerous swimming opportunities as you ride upstream, paralleling the Yuba River. After a few miles you pass the Kelleher Day use area. Continuing upstream the dirt road crosses a wooden bridge. {Picture}This is the pristine Canyon Creek tumbling down out of the high country from Bowman Lake, and is one of the main tributaries to the Yuba River. This is the town's water supply and there is no swimming here. A little farther up the road is the Golden Quartz day use area. {Picture} This area was the site of many small towns. {Picture}There is some excellent swimming and a good picnic area here. I have found that there is usually warmer water here than below the Canyon Creek bridge. Canyon Creek is so cold it cools the river down.
  From here Maybert Road gets a little rougher with a little more climbing. At the top of the first hill, keep to the right [the left is Artic Mine Road]. The next few miles the road continues along the river with most of the property owned by U.S.F.S. Maybert Road becomes a little more primitive and then ends a short distance past the Jolly Boy mining claim. There is a outrageous view of their glory hole near where Maybert Road ends.
  For those looking for a little more adventure you can cross the river above where the old bridge washed out. There is a primitive single-track that follows the Yuba river upstream [on the south side]. This is the old Maybert Road. The trail ends at the Eagle Bird Mine and the old stamp mill site. [See Eagle Bird Drop map.]
The return trip is a fast rolling descent with lots of jumps and bumps as you descend, returning to the town of Washington.

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