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 […]

View of the Dardanelles from Sierra Grandstand

Sierra Grandstand Tour (aka Dodge Ridge Trail)

The Sierra Grandstand Tour is a self-guided offroad route with sign posts along its 13 mile length corresponding to an informational flyer put out by the Forest Service. This route, also know as the Dodge Ridge Trail, was a wagon trail back in the mid 1800’s used by parties crossing over the Sierras to settle the […]

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 […]

Gold Prospecting Tuolumne County

Gold panning, or more generally speaking gold prospecting is a popular and fun activity here in the southern portion of the mother lode country. Over 160 years ago, gold was discovered up near Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Since then people from all over the globe have come to the mother lode in search of that […]

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 […]