Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
165.00 ft (50.29 m)
Trail type
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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The Alan Thiesen Trail is a forested single track path meandering over a 1 mile course through a 37 acre area protected by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Open to cyclists, hikers and with dogs permitted on leash, the trail was created through a joint effort of the land trust and neighboring property owners. The path gives hikers a chance to circle a hillside stand of forest, with meadows and ponds lying adjacent. With a little over 150 in elevation change, the path has one steep side and one more gradual side. Those looking to take on a steeper uphill with more relaxed downhill should hike the path in a clockwise direction, while counter clockwise will result in an easier climb with steeper downhill.

The trail has a small dedicated parking area, which makes it a popular path for local residents to bring their dogs to. It's likely you'll encounter others while on the path, and the trail's proximity to the nearby roads means that you likely won't escape the sound of nearby traffic. Though the tall mixed conifer trees and dirt path give the feeling of a forested hike. A couple benches sit along the path, and plant rehabilitation efforts are visible along a couple sections of the hike.

Hikers can opt to walk a spur path leading to nearby Mathis Pond.

There are no bathrooms and no water available at the trail. A single trash can is located at the trailhead.

The parking area is located at the fork of Alta Sierra Drive and Dog Bar Road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic short loop.


Traffic noise.

Trailhead Elevation

2,245.00 ft (684.28 m)

Highest point

2,375.00 ft (723.90 m)


Family friendly

Typically multi-day


Suitable for


Permit required




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