hiking

views

forest

trail running

lake

wildlife

walking

kid friendly

wild flowers

dog friendly

nature trips

dogs on leash

camping

river

birding

horseback riding

backpacking

fishing

off road driving

waterfall

snowshoeing

mountain biking

Stanislaus National Forest is a United States national forest which manages 898,099 acres of land in four counties in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. It was established on February 22, 1897, making it one of the country's oldest national forests. It was named after the Stanislaus River.

Nice trail. Craters aren't anything special. Big holes in the ground with some brown water. The smaller one is ringed with trees. Makes for a nice photo or two.

hiking
4 days ago

We could not make it all the way. We saw cattle that blocked our way and we could not go through them. There were no people around.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful!

Great easy hike with the kids. The parking area is tiny. There’s additional parking and a vault toilet on the opposite side of the river from the trailhead.

A little tight in some spots but fun

Went last Saturday...a few tough stretches due to ice and snow, but worth it! Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful waterfalls

I've been hiking this Trail for over 30 years in my most recent hike with my Great Danes I do believe I found some mountain lion tracks

hiking
18 days ago

This trail is beautiful from start to finish. Even the drive to the turnoff is gorgeous. The trailhead is at a turnout- and really THE first turnout just beneath the 9000ft elevation sign on Highway 108 to Sonora Pass. It doesn't immediately stand out but becomes noticeable once you head down a short hill and cross a stream. The trail is mostly easy to follow but there are a few rockier areas where you could lose the path. The lake is beautiful and surrounded by majestic rocky mountains. I would rate this as moderate-advanced hiking due to elevation and a few short but more challenging stretches with loose footing.

The intent was to climb up the Pct from the Sonora pass summit on the road. Without knowing for a bit our tail wasn't the Pct but one that goes up a steeper more direct route route. I was struggling and very happy when we made it where it connected to the PCT. We got up to the saddle on the ridge line and turned left at the junction and headed up towards the peak. With some patches of snow the trial was hard to see, but it was pretty clear to just follow the ridge line. The wind was blowing, and was a fair bit cold when we summited. Beautiful views and we'll worth the effort.

We came back down Saint Mary Pass, and again lost the trail. I thought I was better at navigation than this. No big worry, we eventually found our way back. In the meantime I felt blessed to able to see and briefly be a part of such beautiful country.