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A beautiful drive. I would not call it an off-road Trail however. It is poorly marked, download the map!

hiking
1 month ago

Got a late start (as usual!) today so wasn't sure if I would get back before dark and my RV was parked in the day use area. It probably wouldn't have been an issue but I pushed hard and made it back at twilight without any problem. I went up on the left side of the lake and missed the turnoff to the peak at first but checked the app and saw my mistake so went back. I lost the trail shortly after that as well, it turned left and I missed it and ended up on a rocky ridge. After that I didn't have any problem except never did find out for sure where the actual high point on the summit was. I jogged back most of the way back down except for the real rocky places and returned on the same side of the lake. I saw a couple before the dam but no one else the rest of the hike. I was amazed that some mountain bikers have been riding down the upper part of the trail. They really seemed to like the rock jumps! A good hard workout with lots of elevation gain.

road biking
2 months ago

Overall nice trail . People have mentioned homeless or not a great area near by. Just park in Hellyer Park by the lake you’ll be fine then go south from there. I’ve done this ride a couple of dozen times. Most of first half of trail plenty of shade second half some but not much. Also first half busier with hikers, dogs, families once you pass fishing ponds much less traffic on trail. The trails is mostly flat with some gentle rolling small hills. The park about 5 miles past Hellyer has a bathroom the next is at the end. There are a few water spots and benches every so often. Once at the end you can continue another mile, mile and half to Anderson dam the last quarter mile up to dam is kinda steep just be warned but I enjoy going there.

Great for biking. Goes even further than the map shows.

off road driving
2 months ago

The map shown is not Baltic Ridge trail. What is shown is a combination of several different trails and would be difficult to follow unless you know the area. The route shown from the higher elevation down is 9N30, right onto 10N47 and left onto 10N46 (Piliken Road) then ends at he junction of 9N30. Only the 9N30 portion is open in winter, but will be covered in 8+ feet of snow.
The correct Baltic Ridge trail, starts about 2 miles up MET from where this one is shown to start. it follows along Baltic ridge and ends down at Bonetti road, only the very lower and upper ends show on the map. it is much narrower and over grown with brush on the higher end. 4WD is only need in one area when going up just before it crosses Piliken Road

trail running
3 months ago

Decent trail. Many paved miles for biking and jogging.

hiking
3 months ago

Don't come here, don't waste your time :( people ruin everything, the ugliest !

road biking
3 months ago

I really like this trail. I went today and make 30.4miles round trip. At the beginning is a little busy with kids, dogs and some people don’t follow the stay at the right rule, but once I got further is was less crowded. Overall was a nice trail. Love it

hiking
5 months ago

We only made it to about 3/4 of the elevation gain, but we did get to some amazing views of both the mountain range and the lake from above.

The trailhead is pretty hard to locate: use gps and offline maps, don't trespass, and if you find yourself on an overgrown trail that doesn't look like it's used much - you are on the right path!

More photos: https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/pinecrest-peak-almost-stanislaus-national-forest/

off road driving
6 months ago

NO 4 x 4, no off-road allowed, no motor vehicles.

off road driving
6 months ago

This was my first time going off road in my new TRD Pro 4Runner. It was a beautiful drive, a littlr dusty. I ended up taking a side trail that was pretty difficult but the 4Runner took everything like a champ. When I got off this side trail I got lost and I couldnt make it back on without a spotter. I just drove around for hours and finally found pavement. I will be coming back soon.

This trail / rough road was fun to explore. We kept finding ouselves on other roads because we did not have the map zoomed in enough. There are lots of roads and trails to explore connected to this trail. We did not find anything that a stock 4x4 could not handle. Make sure to download the map because there is no cell service.

off road driving
6 months ago

Not to bad was easy for my sequoia to get through. lots of other trails around area to explore.

off road driving
6 months ago

Just a dirt road that's poorly marked.

off road driving
9 months ago

a long time ago

on Coyote Creek Trail

road biking
9 months ago

I’ve gone the whole way on this trail a couple of times. But plenty of times just within the San Jose area. The scenery is very nice. Plenty of shady areas to stop and rest that aren’t too far apart from each other. Trail mostly follows along the 101 freeway between Morgan Hill and San Jose. A couple of mildly difficult inclines but otherwise very manageable. Enjoyed many times within San Jose with my family.

hiking
9 months ago

A lovely hike above New Hogan. There is no shade- must be prepared. The dog loved it though, and got to roam free since we were the only ones there on this lovely winter day.

road biking
9 months ago

Real nice from Hellyer County Park and south. Do not go or park north of Hellyer park, as there are nothing but homeless camps, garbage, thugs, and people who look like they’re looking for trouble. A real sanitation nightmare, too. Think twice before bringing a family member who you care about in this section.

walking
10 months ago

South of Metcalf road, only saw a dozen or so people, was a nice walk in the sunshine!

Saturday, December 02, 2017

surrounding area is super sketchy... felt uneasy leaving my car there so I didn't get to experience the full trail

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is this trail open in winter?

walking
Saturday, November 18, 2017

A beautiful trail to nurture the soul and exercise the body just in our backyard!

trail running
Thursday, October 19, 2017

I run part of this trail every Saturday for the last 2 years. The trail is well kept, clean, shaded and pleasant year round. If anything, I hope they install more water fountains along the trail. There are two that I know of: one near Hellyer Park, and another. Near the 85 freeway.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The trail is nice but the surrounding area is super sketchy. Lots of tent cities and crazy homeless people along the trail and parking area. I did not feel safe here.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Went yesterday and was amazed by how great the views were! Start by getting a map and for information from the ranger station at the corner of 108 (ask the pinecrest campground kiosk). If you are going from the pinecrest campgrounds then start from the left side of the pinecrest lake. It is the fastest way to the trail. The trail is found by going on the CATFISH LAKE trail. The catfish lake trail can be found by going from the left side of the lake loop. You can miss the trail easily as it only has a small marker. The trail is located by a cabin (owned by an old man). The old man gave us good directions and stated the following:

There will be a couple junctions but always stay right. Stay right of the ponds. And keep hiking.

Disclaimer: the catfish lake trail is by a cabin. If you have gone past the water dam, then you went too far.

IMPORTANT: Use tons of mosquito repellent.

The trail is poorly marked for a little while (past the old man's cabin). We got lost a little bit but the navigation of the app helped us get back on trail.

DEFINITELY RECOMMEND 1 person with Verizon. AT&T and Sprint and T-Mobile do not work. They only work at the peak.

There is a junction that shows the "peak trail" sign and all you gotta do is follow it up.

We got to a spot where we thought the peak was (amazing view), but it was not. There was more trail left. Keep following the trail and you'll be there. It's roughly a 5.5 mile hike up and a 5.5 mile hike down. Should only take moderate-expert hikers roughly 6-7 hours. It's moderately big dog friendly. Not small dog friendly.

Make sure you follow the same way down you came up.

off road driving
Friday, August 18, 2017

I drove this trail with a stock 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4X4 (non-Z71) V6 and it was easy and fun and had no problems. The view is amazing too. I also drove other trails nearby in Darlington California which were also pretty simple with some trails being more bumpy in tougher. This was my first offroad adventure and wont be my last. I will eventually lift this truck to go through the tougher routes. If you are new to offroading or want a simple offroading experience then this a great trail.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great trail. fairly easy. great first time trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

We hiked from a cabin on the north shore of Pinecrest Lake, almost up to the Peak. Our up and back was 7 miles. In walking out to the view we thought we were there and missed the last part of the trail to the peak. I don't believe that this map actually shows all the way to the peak. The peak is at the x, over 8,000 elevation. We were about 1.5 to 2 miles from it. We ran into a mt bike rider coming up who informed us. Wish I read an earlier reviewer who suggested the heatmap. Next time, and I will do this again, we'll use that to find the rest of the trail. The trail has been mostly cleared or opened up since the last writer and was a wonderful hike! The views are stunning!!! There is a trail from Strawberry up to Catfish Lake that mt bikers are taking to the peak now. We hiked.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

I went here with my folks and we only did half and then headed back. I really only came here because of the length, the nearness to my home, and because dogs are allowed on this trail. There were some pretty moments as the sun came up on the water, but I won't be returning. The views just aren't my type of thing. Their is very little shade. The entirety of the trail is littered with rocks. The overgrown brush surrounding the trail is a tad frightening because it is hard to see through all the bramble, who knows what will pop out? Bunnies, rattlers, or mountain lion?

walking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great trail well paved but very hot during the day

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