Upper Pool at Cleo's Bath

Cleo’s Bath

Cleo’s Bath is a popular hiking destination and swimming hole for locals and tourists looking to escape the heat of the summer months in the Stanislaus National Forest. This picturesque swimming hole lies about 1.25 miles as the crow flies from the east end of Pinecrest Lake along the South Fork Stanislaus River. Getting to […]

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 […]

Sword Lake

Sword Lake

Sword Lake is one of the many natural, alpine lakes nestled in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Sword lake is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers because of the short 2.5 mile hike from the County Line Trailhead and excellent swimming opportunities. It’s a moderate level, five mile in and out hike […]

Wheat's Meadow

Wheat’s Meadow

Wheat’s Meadow is nestled in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. It’s a moderate level, six mile in and out hike and is easily done in one afternoon. The maximum elevation is 6,640′ and the minimum is 6,257′ with a total elevation gain of around 1,600′. The highlights of this hike are the […]

Chain Lakes

Box Spring to Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes is a small collection of natural, alpine lakes in the Emigrant Wilderness part of the Stanislaus National Forest. There are a couple of different routes to Chain Lakes but this one starts at the Box Spring trailhead, about 7 miles off Forest Route 3N01. The hike is relatively easy with an elevation change […]

Waterhouse Lake from the West Shore

Waterhouse Lake

Waterhouse Lake is a beautiful, natural lake in the Stanislaus River canyon several miles southeast of Herring Creek Reservoir. The hike to Waterhouse Lake is short at just under two miles and a relatively easy decent on an established trail for the first mile but quickly becomes steep and tricky as you begin to decend […]

Pinecrest Lake From Pinecrest Peak Trail

Pinecrest Peak Trail

There are a couple of different options for hiking the Pinecrest Peak Trail (aka PCP), the long version and the short version. The short version is just over 4 miles to PCP with an elevation gain of 1900 feet and begins just off Herring Creek Rd. The long version begins at or near Pinecrest Lake […]

Sugarpine Railroad Grade Strawberry Branch

Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch)

This stretch of the Sugar Pine Railroad grade runs along the South Fork Stanislaus River from Fraser Flat Road to Old Strawberry Road. At around three miles oneway and very little elevation gain, it’s an easy hike or bike ride for just about anyone. The trail starts out as a wide fire road at Fraser Flat […]