Philadelphia Ditch at S. Fork Stanislaus

Philadelphia Ditch Trail

The Philadelphia Ditch is part of PG&E’s Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project. The ditch begins life 1.5 miles upstream from Fraser Flat Campground on the South Fork Stanislaus River. The water from the South Fork flows into the ditch via the Philadelphia Diversion Dam where it flows 4.7 miles to the Spring Gap Forebay. It then travels down […]

Crowd Enjoying the Live Band

Tuolumne Farmers’ Market and Concert

The Tuolumne Certified Farmers’ Market is a favorite in Tuolumne County. Not only will you have your choice of locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but you will also be entertained by a different live, local band every week. The venue is also excellent set in downtown Tuolumne City at the Tuolumne Memorial Park. At roughly […]

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 […]

Wooden Flume on Main Tuolumne Ditch Trail

Main Tuolumne Ditch Trail

The Main Tuolumne Ditch (or Main Canal) begins life just below the Lyons Reservoir Dam. The ditch is fed by the S. Fork Stanislaus River and stretches all the way to Cedar Ridge where it terminates at a pump station on Old Oak Ranch Rd. From there it feeds the Phoenix Penstock flowing south and the […]

West Side Trail

West Side Railroad Trail

The West Side Trail is a re-purposed three-foot narrow gauge railroad which was part of the Hetch Hetchy & Yosemite Valley Railroad. This railroad operated from 1898 to the early 1960’s by the West Side Lumber Company. Originally known as the West Side Lumber and Flume Company, they soon dropped the “and Flume” from their […]

New Melones in the Distance

Table Mountain Trail

The Table Mountain Trail, located between Jamestown and New Melones Lake, is a 2.7 mile one-way hike ranging from easy and flat at the beginning to rocky and steep near the top. This particular hike consists of two sections, the first section starts at Shell Rd and meanders through oak woodlands for 1.2 miles. The […]