Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Sierra National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

amazing hike, blinded by the white granite. very steep at the beginning overwhelming views and finally Meeting a bear on his path.
Start was a little difficult to find, but when heading North where the sign of the Summit is place easy to find. the silence in there is amazing.

This trail was great to do during May when it was still relatively cool and the clouds provided coverage from the sun. The effort is worth the view at the end (if not totally surrounded by clouds as it was for all but a few minutes when I was there). It’s very easy to lose the trail and I did so multiple times, but being able to reference this app helped. But beware, it drains your battery. Early in the trail, ribbons mark the route relatively well, but once the terrain opens up you have to rely on the rock piles which are obvious in some places and almost impossible to rely on in others.

A great hike overall. Hiked it in mid-May while it was still fairly brisk and chilly, which was nice. I do t think it’d be a good hike at all during hot weather since there’s little shade for most of it. Trail starts towards the right side of the parking area. Approx. first 1/3 to the peak is very steep. Make sure you’re in decent shape.. I wasn’t but still made it though. Cairns can be tricky to follow on the way down.

Great trail. A nice challenge. Not to intense for a fun day hike. First quarter of the trail is pretty easy to follow. But after a while it get rather difficult to read. DONT follow the 4x4 trails. They don’t lead to Bald Mountain. This app helped tremendously.

off road driving
27 days ago

Most challenging trail I’ve done, with a trailer! Be prepared for this trail and awesome views!

An awesome trail, especially as a fallback when everything else is closed!

Definitely need a fully charged phone to keep track of the trail! Lost track of the ribbons once the trail tapered off, and had to search for stacked rocks in order to know where to go until you find the Jeep trail. Good luck!

Overall pretty cool hike. View was nice at the top, but I would love to see it with Shaver full of water. All trails app isn’t really effective, it pulls you away from main trail. Also trail Head is a little hard to find with a ton of wash out debris blocking the main path and a incorrect path to its left that will lead you straight up the mountain. Good luck have fun, I wouldn’t go alone....

off road driving
1 month ago

Very easy trail with some tight spots thanks to some fallen trees. I took my stock Jeep renegade and had no problems. Some pretty waterfalls and great views.

hiking
1 month ago

The route shown on alltrails isn't well marked, if marked at all, up until you get to the fork half-way up. You need to keep you eyes open so you don't get too far off trail. Taking the left at that fork also appeared to be off trail as well with the random stone cairn every once in a while. It's fairly straight-forward to find your way back to the main trail though.

hiking
2 months ago

I used to come here every summer with my friend’s family. It’s such a wonderful escape from the world, beginning with that epic drive! I posted a picture of the view from the road in on this trail page. If you are afraid of heights, you will be anxious! This place is absolutely magical and special. This loop hits most of the main springs. This place is a mix of natural mud bottom pools, outdoor stone tubs with natural water pipes in, and then of course if you are splurging there is the spa in the campgrounds. However, there is no getting closer to the great mother than a nighttime dip in hot water under the stars. This place also has great access points into the John Muir Wilderness. Way better than the touristy Yosemite. Best place in the sierras, hands down.

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful hike, great Mountain View’s. We hiked on a Saturday (st Patrick’s Day) was not a sole on a hike. Coming back is mostly uphill. Great hike for you and your dogs!

hiking
2 months ago

LOVE THIS PLACE!! Such a cool drive to get their too! Since moving to California two years ago, this area is by far my most favorite. So serene and peaceful.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely a hard hike during the winter, but if you can make it to the peak... get ready to be amazed!

This is a great trail. There is parking for about 4-6 cars at the trail head right off the main road. My family and I hiked this trail in January (no snow this year) so we felt comfortable taking it on. The trail was a paved road, even terrain and clear of trees. The waterfall is early on in the trail making it perfect for younger children that start to bore with just looking at trees. This trail
Offers a few beautiful views and a very gentle if any grade. It’s a perfect day trip for a family with younger children.

on Miami Trail

off road driving
4 months ago

The Forestry Service has done an awesome job keeping the trail maintained. Ran through some of the trails off of the main loop in a Jeep JK before heading to Yosemite and had a blast.

27 degrees when we started with a little snow and frost, but it was perfect. Highly recommend for a last minute pre snow hike.

5 months ago

Great hike but it's 7 miles up and back, not 5.5, from the gate after driving in 20 minutes on a dirt road from 168. Very inaccurate directions and trail length

hiking
6 months ago

fun little hike. was pretty foggy so hard to see much. would recommend.

off road driving
7 months ago

Incredible trail. Very long. Challenging. Scenic beautiful camping spots.

off road driving
7 months ago

Great fun area to explore in the 4x4 or when hiking. Cool water area with a old dam and pond. Definitely worth checking out.

off road driving
7 months ago

Pretty Drive. It’s a great gateway to off road trails!

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is labaled here HARD , but I think it is medium.
The first part of the trail is a steep , but later on it turns to a relatively flat or slow slope walk on the ridge. The last part joins a jeep road to bald mountain peak, so I had lots of vehicle company. Bald peak has a observation deck tower and offers great views of Shaver lake and the area. Although the trail is marked well, with color ribbons ,where there are trees and with piles of stones is the more exposed areas - still I lost the trail several times and used the app to return to the track.

off road driving
8 months ago

Fun trail that is just challenging enough for my 98 Wrangler TJ with a 3" lift on 33's no lockers or winch. Made it to Red Lake, despise the "aggressive bear sighting" and past the Coyote Lake gate which is very rocky with minimal damage. Ended up turning around after a bit because it was time to head home. Big rock option on the way to Red Lake was fun and a good place for pictures.

off road driving
8 months ago

We ran this short, rocky trail in our stock Polaris RZR in about 2 hours in and out. Several interesting diversion trails and spurs along the way. Although rated Easy, you will want to have a moderately modified vehicle and more than zero rock crawling experience in order to avoid banging the undercarriage on this trail. It can be done if you are careful. The end of the trail will reward you with a breathtaking view, small but hungry fish and definitely a Kodak moment. Plan a half-day and bring lunch for a great ride.

off road driving
8 months ago

Wife and I drove our almost new, stock Polaris RZR into Strawberry Lake after failing to negotiate the large rock fields on the way to Coyote Lake. On the way in I could not resist spinning a donut in Sand Flat. The trail turns from banked sand to rocks shortly after Sand Flat. The rocky sections were easily negotiated without a spotter. Upon arrival Strawberry Lake was pristine and the camping areas were clean also. The trail is rated "Easy" but would have felt more comfortable driving my Jeep.. I will admit that I don't have much rock crawling experience in a RZR and I kissed a trailing arm lightly going out but otherwise no problems. Total time was about 3 hours in and out which includes an hour break for lunch and photos.

Super fun run. Make sure your rig is built enough and you are a competent driver.

off road driving
8 months ago

Good trail. Restrooms at Red Lake. Nice camping spots. Experienced drivers won't need lockers, at least to Red Lake,makes for a good challenge. I didn't make it to Coyote Lake. Currently have a 3.5" lift on a '17 JKU. Getting a 4" spring put on for the rest of the trail to Coyote to minimize damage.

off road driving
9 months ago

It was a nice little off roading with the kids and ended up with some some awesome views

Its really a beautiful hike. We.could have driven to the top but choose to walk up the forest road.
Next time we will take camping gear and stay a few days. There is so much to see on this drive into the mountains

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