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 […]

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 […]