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 […]

Middle Fork Stanislaus River

Sand Bar Flat to Spring Gap

Sand Bar Flat to Spring Gap is a three mile one way (six mile round trip) hike beginning at the Sand Bar Flat campground on the Middle Fork Stanislaus and ending at the Spring Gap Powerhouse. The trail parallels the river the entire length so elevation gain is at a minimum with only 277 ft […]

Spring Gap Powerhouse

China Flat to Spring Gap

The China Flat to Spring Gap hike begins just below the Beardsley Reservoir Dam at the China Flat day use area. This hike is mostly level as it traverses along side the Middle Fork Stanislaus River for the entire 2.5 mile length. Total elevation change is only 230 ft with a max elevation of 3,150 ft. There […]

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 […]

Lyons Reservoir From Sugar Pine Railroad Grade

Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Lyons to Fraser Flat)

This section of the Sugar Pine Railroad Grade continues on where the Confidence to Lyons section leaves off. The distance from Lyons to Fraser Flat is 9.5 miles one way and as with most railroad grades is relatively flat with the exception of a few sections. Much of the grade follows the South Fork Stanislaus […]

Hiking Gear Essentials

Hiking Gear Essentials

Hiking is a very popular outdoor activity pursued by many enthusiasts as well as the weekend warrior, not only because many of us are drawn to the outdoors for it’s beauty but also because hiking is essentially a free activity. As long as you have a decent pair of athletic shoes you can hike. This is […]