Update from the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Council: The High Country Meadows Trail is in the Stanislaus National Forest, not the Mokelumne Wilderness. Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail is now accessed with free apps on ArcGIS Explorer, and free public account on ArcGISonline via laptop. For hikers, equestrians and bicyclists with some restrictions in the wilderness areas for bicycles. Trail is non-motorized although it shares some ATV/jeep trails between Moore Creek and Bear Valley.

Despite how difficult the trip was, especially with the hiking, it was totally worth it. Enjoyed swimming in 4th of July Lake and Lost Lake. This is a loop trail.

the visitor above is commenting on a trail experiencing drought conditions.

OMG, this was one of the most unpleasant hikes we have ever done. There was literally not a drop of water the whole way and the scenery was very mediocre. There were literally thousands of blown down trees making the forest rather ugly. The meadows were pretty overgrown and dry. The vast majority is on dusty, very rough jeep roads. Anyway, as you can probably tell, did not enjoy much. Definitely not worth the grueling walks up the steep grades.

6 years ago

Hiking into the Mokelumne Wilderness begins from the trail head at Carson Pass. Nicely groomed and maintained trails. Always encounter friendly hikers and families out on this trail. First stop, Frog lake 1.0 miles up. Incredible vista overlooking Hope Valley at this point. Next 1.5 miles up to Lake Winnemucca, with the backdrop of one very majestic rock wall jutting up from the water and spiring to the sky! Onto Round Top Lake, 1.0 miles. Make the 8 miles loop and descend down onto Woods Lake, a little piece of Heaven on earth!! Birding, wildflowers, amazing!!!! Be prepared for inclement weather. Afternoon thunder heads build up. Could be a light shower, or more!!