trail running


dog friendly

kid friendly

wild flowers


nature trips


horseback riding

dogs on leash




off road driving




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.

Great Trail! We do the pine crest loop trail every summer and it's an excellent hike. The dam side of the hike is a little more moderate with steeper inclines and more elevation change.

The most beautidul hike I have been on so far! Lots of scenery. I went during the week in September in 2014 and there was little to no one there.

Uphill hike but where we ended up hardly had any campsites. Very hard to get to the water because of all the rocks.

ballade sympathique en famille, tranquille, au bord d'un lac superbe, la partie de plaisir débute quelques centaines de mètres avant la cascade, le trail se transforme en ascension acrobatique, pas très compliquée, accessible aux enfants. Le détour en vaut la peine, la cascade est magnifique, et il est possible d'y tremper les pieds, voir plus si on est courageux.

4 days ago

4 days ago

5 days ago

Possibly one of my favorite hikes in the area. Fairly moderate until the final stretch when its mostly a steep vertical climb to the top... but the views are absolutly worth the trek.

Harder than easy

Not good for dogs. Too steep toward the bath.

Family members and I usually come here to Pinecrest Lake for occasions but haven't hiked the trails before. Definitely an adventure and amazing sights of the whole lake and surroundings from above the mountain rocks! First actual hike that left my thighs sore the next day haha, going to do this hike again with my wife next time!

Great family lake with easy loop trail, dog friendly. Best to go early.

8 days ago

9 days ago

Got it class of 2017. Beautiful section that was quite challenging with all the snow and river crossings. The last 50 miles were particularly gorgeous.

10 days ago

We did this hike a couple days ago and unfortunately there was too much snow to go down to Wheeler lake from the top of the ridge, but the views were well worth the shorter hike (~4 mi total to top of ridge and back). You can see Lake Alpine, Spicer, Utica, and Union Reservoirs looking South, and a good view of Wheeler Lake looking north from the ridge. There is still snow in spots on the trail, but it was easy to navigate.