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 […]

Pioneer Park in Columbia

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is a good sized public park on the outskirts of Columbia. This park has ample room for picnicking with plenty of tables, a restroom and water fountains. In addition Pioneer Park has a baseball diamond, batting cage and a small play structure for the little kids. This park sits right in the middle […]

49er Rotary Park

49er Rotary Park was built in November of 2000 by the generous hands of community volunteers. This public park has a large picnic area, skate park  and a gigantic playground dubbed “Heaven for Kids”. The playground is arguably the best in Tuolumne County with it’s enormous wooden play structure consisting of various tunnels, slides, a climbing wall, monkey […]

Fresh, Local Produce

Mountain People Organics

Mountain People Organics (MPO) is not your typical farmers’ market, it is a Farmers’ Market, Cottage Kitchen, Market Place and Buying Club all in one. The best part is it’s open year-round for those who seek the best in fresh produce and artisan goods produced locally in the Mother Lode. The focus of Mountain People Organics […]