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Well kept. Beautiful flowers. Water everywhere. Challenging enough to get a good workout!

I connected to the SJRT through Wellbarn Road in Prather. It’s two miles to the trail and I went right towards the gorge. Wildflowers are just beginning to show their sunny faces. Peaceful and beautiful. There were a few mountain bikers, but we shared the trail well enough. I love this trail.

10 days ago

Nice hike. Low impact but gets rocky by the end. Peaceful and pretty. Nice hike along creek to waterfall.

This was a beautiful hike it!!! Best in late winter spring, because there isn't any shade at the top but the view is Fantastic!!!

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14 days ago

Did the SJRT Half Marathon today along with a couple hundred other people. it was awesome! Views were spectacular. ended up being 14 miles!

My daughter and I did this hike a couple of years ago! The hike was pretty easy until you get near the top. My daughter and I had to scramble up large boulders to reach the top. It was a bit challenging, but not impossible. Although, when we were coming back down we were told that there was another way to reach the top that was much easier.. if so, I wish the trail was marked more clearly.

Once we made it to the top, the view was fantastic! ❤️

22 days ago

Hiked Pa'san yesterday and had a great time! Awesome scenery, occasional cow sighting, good amount of shady spots along the way. Go early, take a good pair of hiking shoes and have fun.

I got lost several times and came to the cliff where the alpinists climb the mountain. You need to be very careful and follow the signs. So beautiful view on the top!

Beautiful easy hike.

The scenery is beautiful on the bridge and an awesome little hike for the kiddos. The trail is narrow at times, but it’s a trail so that is to be expected. My family and I have gone there many times just to get out of the house, 10/10 recommend!

Great run with a beautiful view

We had such a great time on this hike! It actually started snowing! What a great experience! I'm going Togo back and bring my mountain bike!

Great 8 mile loop.

Agree with previous reviewers. Poorly maintained trail and the ranger that hides in the bushes to give out parking tickets.

Went to the restroom after a long drive to that park and came back to a parking ticket. 8 mins max. Almost as bad as the parking ninjas at SFPD. Calm down, I said "almost."

Would not recommend.

Will not be going back.

Awesome hike, some serious rock action near the top! Beautiful views and perfect weather. unfortunately, wild flowers are not abundant at this time of year (February).

1 month ago

Beautiful hike on a mild winter day. Everything was green and gorgeous. Great bird watching. We went clockwise, straight up....it was a burner for sure but not difficult. Well worth it. Make sure you take the side trail on the left at the top to a vista that overlooks New Melones dam, Lake Tullock and the Copperopolis Quarry Mine. Will definitely revisit, maybe in the spring to enjoy the wildflowers. Hike #10 #52hikechallenge

on Tuolumne Table Mountain

1 month ago

I took a few cub scouts and a boy scout up this trail It was a good introduction for the cubs to see some of the easy and the hard parts of hiking. Due to some of the open area's, this is definitely a hike you want to do in the cooler months or early in the morning during the heat of the year. It is a good trail to intro young people to trail hiking. Bring water as there is nowhere where you can pump water.

Though Melones area is known for poison oak, I didn't see any on the trail, though it could of been still dormant. Stay on trail, no problem.

As far as the climb to the top, It's doable for an old fart like me with bad knees and over weight, which is one reason i agree more with the B.L.M map of the area designating this trail a challenge and not moderate. .

I saw people with with kids under the age of 5 and will say that the upper part of the trail is going to be a challenge and do think its a little foolish to bring somebody that young on the rocky trail with steps higher than a foot sometimes. There are some serious fall dangers not only on the trail, but at the top of the bluff.

The view though, as you get to the top, and on top is awesome.

As was mentioned earlier, get there early and turn around heading back. It is a tight area to turn and as usual, there is always that 1 inconsiderate person that out of ignorance will block the area where the gates are so very difficult to turn around.

For being so close to the cities here it's a hike with some really nice views and tons of secluded spots to hang out for periods of time.. nothing too epic about the hike, but the ease to quality ratio is high with thus one

1 month ago

amazing view at the top definitely will be going again soon!

Great hike. Loved that there was actual climbing required to get there. Not too hard to do, I saw dogs and children as young as 7 doing it. The best part is having a nice cold bath waiting for you at the end, with some great views of Pinecrest Lake.

Great hike and amazing views. This hike is definitely with your while.

I live very close to this trail, so it is a great place to walk my dog and let her swim on the river. During the spring all of the poppys and other wildflowers make this place incredible

It was a great hike. I am writing this review late because i have only heard about the app until a couple days ago. But it was a cool hike, if you look over the bridge you can actually see some caves that the river made. It was a great family hike but at times the trail was narrow.

1 month ago

Found the trail head, that was a lot easier than many people had mentioned. The trail itself was difficult to follow as it isn't maintained. There are so many false trails it was difficult to know if you were on the right trail or leading to a dead end. The views were wonderful. But the frustration of all of the false trails lessened the experience. Also if you take the first left(which looks like the trail) then leads to a parking lot you'll notice that firearms are allowed in the area. So with the worry of being shot, and un-maintained trail I will not be recommending this trail

It's a beautiful hike that is easy enough for someone that hasn't been hiking for awhile or just wants an good walk.
There are two entrances - the trail actually starts at the first gate. You'll walk a little over a mile thorough trees and fields. Once you get to the restroom you can take the trail to the top or go through the gate to the "watershed" trail. That's a great hike along a dirt road that's pretty much flat. If you want, that leads to the dam but it's a 12 mile hike. Along the way you see glimpses of the lake.
All together it's a wonderful place to hike. A few things:
1. The road to the second gate is bumpy and you'll need a vehicle with a high clearance.
2. If you park at the first gate turn your car around to park. It can be a tight bunch of turns to get out otherwise.
3. It's better to get there relatively early in the morning - I got there at 9:00 am on a Sunday morning and there were about 3-4 cars. By the time I left 2 hours later there were 10-15.

1 month ago

Beautiful birthday hike with my teen sons. It is almost surreal up top with the landscape resembling something you’d expect on a foreign planet. The views are spectacular at sunset! For those afraid of the steep/rocky bit towards the top...Just do it! It’s not that bad. Take a hiking stick for stability and go slow. There is plenty of room for advanced hikers to get around you.

Great hike , took both kids had a blast.

Perfect day hike for our family

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