McKay Creek

Sardine Falls

Reaching Sardine Falls requires an easy 1.2 mile hike on an unmarked trail but offers rewarding views of the surrounding Sierras as well as the falls themselves. There are actually two falls, the main Sardine Falls which drops about 50′ and a smaller waterfall downstream about 25′ high. Both falls are on McKay Creek which […]

Bennett Juniper

Bennett Juniper

The Bennett Juniper is the largest known juniper tree in North America. It is located on a privately owned, three-acre preserve in the Stanislaus National Forest, which is managed by an organization known as Save the Redwoods’. The Bennett Juniper is believed to be around 4000 years old, stands at 80′ in height with a diameter […]

Jawbone Falls

Jawbone Falls

Jawbone Falls is a 52-ft, cascading waterfall in the Stanislaus National Forest near Cherry Lake. It is about a 45-minute drive from Tuolumne City but is easy to get to as the roads are, albeit rough in places, paved for the most part. A small swimming hole rests at the bottom of the falls thanks […]

Old Camp Nine Bridge

Camp Nine Day Use Area

Camp Nine is a large, open recreation area on the Stanislaus River nine miles upstream from Parrotts Ferry Bridge. This area is a popular day spot for fishermen and weekend warriors looking to cool off from the summer heat. A little ways upstream from the Collierville Powerhouse is a large swimming hole rife with small […]

Donnells Reservoir From Dam

Donnells Reservoir

Donnells Reservoir is one of the three lakes within the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts’ Tri-Dam project. It is located on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River about 15 miles northeast of Pinecrest and five miles upstream from Beardsley Reservoir. Donnells Reservoir was created by the construction of the 317-foot thin arch Donnells Dam back in […]

Beardsley Reservoir and Dam

Beardsley Reservoir

Beardsley Reservoir is a man-made lake located in the steep, rocky canyon of the Middle Fork Stanislaus River. The reservoir is located four miles northwest of Pinecrest Lake (as the crow flies) and roughly seven miles from Hwy 108 down the steep, winding, paved Beardsley Reservoir Rd (Forest Route 5N02). Beardsley Reservoir is part of the Tri-Dam Project […]

Peoria Wildlife Area

Peoria Wildlife Management Area

The Peoria Wildlife Management Area (aka Peoria Flat) is a public recreation area open to activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing (on nearby Table Mountain), wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and hunting (as regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game). This area was purchased specifically to mitigate wildlife habitat loss due to […]


Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area

Lyons Reservoir is a man-made lake that is formed by Lyons Dam that was constructed back in 1930 by PG&E. This reservoir is currently the municipal water supply for Twain Harte and other localities in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada above Sonora. Lyons Reservoir is surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest and provides many […]