Bourland Trestle

Bourland Trestle in the Stanislaus National Forest is an abandoned, wooden railroad bridge built by the Westside Lumber Company back in 1922. The purpose of the trestle was to allow Westside’s logging trains to cross over Bourland Creek to access the dense forest beyond for harvesting the lumber. This wooden trestle was one of many […]

Wheeler Lake Hike

Wheeler Lake is a 6.8 mile out and back hike beginning at the parking area at Woodchuck Basin off Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass, a mile and a half northeast of Alpine lake. This hike offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Alpine to the south and vistas of Underwood Valley and the Mokulemne River Canyon to […]

Lake Eleanor

Lake Eleanor is a reservoir located in the northwestern corner of Yosemite National Park in the Stanislaus National Forest. This remote, beautiful alpine lake sits at an altitude of 4650′ and is the perfect spot for mid-summer swimming, fishing kayaking or hiking or for those that just want some back country peace and quiet. Make […]

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 […]

Winter Sports Along Hwy 108 Sonora Pass

Winter sports activities are abundant along Hwy 108 during the colder months from about mid November to the end of March depending on the snow conditions. Most Forest Service roads are closed to through traffic but become available to winter recreation like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Summit Ranger District offers over 25 miles […]

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 […]