A number of trails travel through fall color in the Tahoe National Forest, between Yuba Gap and Nevada City along CA-20.
One of the nicest is the Sierra Discovery Trail. It travels an easy .9-mile loop that is full of fall color. Also, an interesting trail is the Independence Trail, which winds along boardwalks through a forest of bigleaf maple and black oak.
Ravi Ranganathan hiked both trails this past weekend and recommends hiking the Sierra Discovery Trail clockwise, as you will pass Bear River Falls soon after crossing the Bear River Bridge.
Sierra Discovery Trail (5,190′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!