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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 walk to about mile 3; fallen tree blocks access for horses. Someone needs to bring a chain saw

hiking
3 days ago

Did this 9/15/18. Soooo windy! Tough hike but really fun, beautiful views!

on Pinecrest Lake Loop

3 days ago

Beautiful day for hiking. Well marked trail with enough ups and downs to make it interesting. We hiked this trail clockwise this time so that the most strenuous part of the hike was done first.

4 days ago

Easy fun scenic walk

off road driving
4 days ago

Just did slick rock 3.5 hrs sweet run
35”tires rock sliders is a must.

This has been my favorite hike so far. Beautiful scenery!

I absolutely loved this trail....my friend who is not a hiker came with me, we made it to the top no issues. amazing views. started raining as we were on the top. As we hiked down the rocks were extremely slippery. I hit a rock just right and rolled my ankle. Continued to hike until I couldn't go any further. Had to call 911 and be rescued out. Tualome co fire dept is absolutely AMAZING. 4 firemen hiked me out. Turns out I fractured my fibula in two places, had to have surgery requiring a metal plate with screws in my ankle. Still recovering but you can bet I will be back!

Some parts are difficult to navigate. Lowest angle terrain is your friend. Plan to spend a day or two at the lake. There is a scenic moderate trail around the lake which is about the same difficulty.

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.

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail in early Oct 2018. For fitness context, I am a mid twenty year old who goes to the gym 2-3 days a week and is active during my job and my boyfriend is in his early 30's and goes to the gym 4 days a week. We found this trail really great and got a nice workout in without feeling spent or crazy sore by the end. As people have mentioned, the bouldering is the main challenging part of this hike, but it's pretty short and surprisingly easy. For example, several dogs were able to do it. It took us from around 1:00-5:00 for the whole hike, but we stopped and explored the area around Cleo's Bath a bit. Also, the trail isn't incredibly well marked once you leave the pinecrest lake loop, so watch for the blue areas and stay with your group! We picked up a lost hiker on the way back to the lake so it definitely can happen. there was no place to get portable water along the trail but there was a flowing river so bring water or a filter. The only bathrooms were at the beginning of the trail.
Overall, a very beautiful hike for a wide variety of fitness levels.

1 month ago

Beautiful October hike

hiking
1 month ago

October 7, 2018, first dusting of snow last week. Clear and sunny but 40 mph north east gusts at the summit. Trail off of the PCT isn’t hard to find, follows the Ridgeline. Pretty much all uphill. Incredible hike, Snow on the mountains adds a lot.

Hiked to it from both directions on the Arnold Rim Trail. Nice views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike from Cedar Center, also went up to the lookout and bushwhacked anong the ridge to the ART, and then went to Cougar Rock and back to Cedar Center for a total of 12.5 miles and almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

The road to the bridge is still closed but you can still get to the campsite area which is awesome 10/1/18

This was my first backpacking trip. We did three days and two nights. The last weekend of September all of the creeks were dry, the lakes were a little low but still beautiful. The days were perfect hiking weather in the 70s-80s. Nice chilly nights probably 40-30s. Day 1 started at the Crabtree trail head. The trail was fairly moderate elevation rise. We had lunch at Camp Lake. So beautiful with lovely fall foliage. We hiked further on and ended the day at Bear Lake. We set up camp on the North side of the lake. We found a great camp site with a stone fire ring, enough room for two tents and a view of watching the sunset behind the lake. Our second day was a beast! Quite a climb in altitude had my heart pounding! But the glorious high mountain vistas were absolutely worth it! We stopped to have lunch at an unnamed lake we called Lily Pond Lake. After lunch my son stood up quick and from the high altitude he got a massive bloody nose. Took us an extra 30min just to stop the bleeding. After half a toilet paper roll used, we continued on our journey. Past dried up Piute Creek we ended our day at Grouse Lake. This day was quite strenuous and took us longer than estimated. But this was my first big hiking trip, we had a couple groups fly past us with their happy dogs leading the way. At Grouse Lake we found a spacious camp site with a large stone fire ring on the North of the Lake and trail. On our third day we finished the loop back to Crabtree trail head. This was the shortest day, but the incline in elevation was intense for a little while. On our way we passed a couple groups on horses. And also saw some shy deer. As a whole the trail was very well maintained, perfect for a first timer.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, just the right mix of semi-difficult hiking and easy paths. My 7 year old and two year old both made it all the way around. (Although the 2 year old had to be carried for about half the way). You’re walking around the lake, so there’s always a fantastic view of the water. Would defiantly take this hike again!

hiking
1 month ago

It’s easy to lose the trail just after you hit St Mary’s pass and around where you connect up w the PCT. Also, the final mile back to the trailhead is basically just walking along 108. Epic views all around and VERY windy at the top.

9/29/18 Did the loop as a day trip. 7 hours of walking, an hour of lunch and yoga and an hour of taking photos and just enjoying log sitting.
Clockwise is the way to go - esp for water. Plenty at camp, lily pad, piute, gem and grouse. Nothing between gem and grouse on main trail.
No insects just golden ferns, mushrooms and beauty ❤️

backpacking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views, lots of campsites at Bear Lake, good amount of shade, and trail was clearly marked. Took a couple of newbies and everyone had a great time.

horseback riding
1 month ago

The wash out or collapsed trail as described is easy to ride around and the hikers have established a trail that every body is using.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice out and back hike. At first it is lay and easy. Once you get to about a mile/mike and a half in, the trail gets hilly and a bit more challenging. Near the falls it gets a little tough o see the trail but once you’ve reached this point your basically at the falls. The falls weren’t as big as imagined they’d be but nonetheless is was a beautiful spot. There is a swimming hole there as well.

very beautiful short hike. I just like to ask everyone to be very careful with the rocks, they are very slippery the closer u get to the water fall.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike! It's correctly listed as "moderate" because there are a lot of elevation changes (small, but strenuous), sections where you are hiking on boulders (but the trail is also mostly dirt/pine needles), and several narrow spots. I recommend a hat, hiking pole, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. Why anyone would bring a child in this hike is beyond me. The best time to go is after the summer rush before it gets too chilly. Enjoy!

off road driving
1 month ago

A group of us drove this trail yesterday and it was pretty awesome. The new reroute had one really tough hill that takes some work to get down. Rock rails are a must have item and I would suggest having a minimum of 33" tires. If you're in a JKU then you will be dragging on your skid plates.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking trail with beautiful views. The trail is well marked and taken care of.

1 month ago

Beautiful vista.

Definitely will be doing this trail again. We only went to camp lake this day but will be back to continue to bear lake. The beginning is mostly incline and was heavily traveled with a few large groups. Once at the lake we explored a bit. It is worth while to hike up to the ridge to see the views.

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