Beautiful hike! got there pretty early in the morning and just walked passed the signs that said closed until June 15th. It wasn’t until after our hike we were greeted by a park ranger. He informed us it is closed. Also informed us if you wanted to enter from a different area just up the road then that’s fine. Cleos bath trail is rocky and there’s some climbing involved. You’ll see blue arrows spray painted on rocks telling you were to go.

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bugs
closed
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Thanks, Paul Fabbri, for your detailed review on directions. That helped tremendously. We went yesterday and there was an overcast. Bring bug spray. The hike around the lake was beautiful. Easy. However, going into Cleo’s Bath gets a little tricky. It’s 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles out. Follow the blue arrow to go in and red spray painted arrow to find your way back out of the trail. It’s worth it.

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bugs
off trail
1 day ago

good hike for the day! there's fallen trees you'll need to go around off trail then get back on, other than that it was fantastic!

As of June 2, the Stanislaus National Forest web site still lists the Gianelli Trailhead as closed. A poster on a different trail out of Gianelli said that 8 days ago the road was closed 3 miles before the trailhead and the trail was still snow-covered. You can reach Chewing Gum Lake from the Crabtree trailhead without going to quite such high elevations but I don't know whether that trail is still snow-covered.

For a relaxing day for a walk I recommend this trail! There’s barely any elevation so your just pretty much walking. Along the way we found many different flower types. It was great I counted over 20 different types of flowers and the pretty thing was they were blooming! There was barely any bugs and the trail was very easy to hike though. I would recommend that they trail it’s self at first is through a neighborhood of cabins but after that your pretty much alone! I loved walking through the canals. If your looking for something chill to enjoy tress and nature I recommend! It’s an easy hike so you don’t have to over prepare water and some fruit did well for us! If you have pets it’s easy for them to hang out with you on this trail! My fiancé and I barely bumped into people we were mostly alone for the entire 8 miles we hiked through.

4 days ago

Is the trail currently open or closed?

Nice wide trail with lots of rocks. We saw more ORV's than hikers. About a mile in, there is a nice spot to stop and eat lunch along the river.

We hiked with our two dogs from Crabtree past Grouse Lake to Piute Creek, where we turned around and came back. So the "lower" half of the loop. There were several trees fallen over the trail that we had to go over, under, or around, but it was no problem getting through. Lily Creek was about knee-deep and easily wadable, and Piute Creek looked similar but we didn't cross it. The mosquitoes have just started to hatch, and were present in only a few places. There was almost no one on the trail beyond the junction with the Camp Lake trail on this Sunday. The out-and-back is about 12 miles with not a great deal of climbing. The "stairway to heaven" between Grouse Lake and Piute Creek is quite impressive.

Great trail with nice views of the river. Went in the morning before it got too hot out. It was mostly shaded by trees. Glad I had a trekking pole for the few rocky parts and crossing some shallow water but it’s doable without a trekking pole. I got eaten up by mosquitos so wear bug spray!

Went over Memorial Day while camping at Hermit Valley. Lots of snow still - we got 1.5 miles in and had to turn around because of the snow and large puddles of water. Still gorgeous views, but be prepared to bring waterproof boots and keep an eye on the trail because of the snow coverage which can get people lost.

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icy
over grown
washed out
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail with some AWESOME camp sites! It was pretty busy and populated but everyone was nice. I’d recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good place to hike and fish. TONS OF POISON OAK so beware.

Not a hike for beginners. The lake entrance is still officially closed due to covid. However, we were able to find a back end entrance up the road across from the strawberry inn. Turn into the housing development and go straight until the road curves and park. The trail head leads you to the backside of the Pinecrest dam. The hike up to this point is nice, right next to the river. There is a log bridge to cross the river at one point with a rope attached for balance. Once you get to the top of the Dam go north towards the top of the lake. The hike along the lake is easy and beautiful. At one point you will come to a fork and see the sign towards Cleo's bath along the river. The first 20 minutes of this section aren't too difficult. The trail can be hard to see at times but there are blue and red arrows marking the way. You will come to a large waterfall and this is where the trail starts to get more difficult. Keep going past the waterfall and look for the markers. Stay to the left most side of things so you don't loss the trail. There will be some large bolders and some climbing is required. When you finally reach Cleo's bath it is a very serine and peaceful experience. Good luck!

hiking
11 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! I’ve been camping up at Pinecrest for years and this hike never gets old. During the weekends, the trail can get pretty crowded but during the week it’s nice and clear! Bring a lot of water because depending on the time of day you have a bit of direct sun exposure and it can get pretty hot. You can start on either the damn side or the beach front side that has more shade. Wear ankle braces if you have weak ankles or past injuries because the trail can get pretty rocking at some points. Overall, it’s such a great hike and it doesn’t take too much time! You can do half and turn around or do the whole lake. You can also go off to Cleo’s bath if you want a different adventure. Also there are some great rocks to cliff jump from if the water is high enough! Either way you’re guaranteed to have a great time! Enjoy views of the lake for a majority of your walk and a great waterfall too! Stop at the shack and get a soft serve ice cream and sit lakeside when you’re done!!

hiking
blowdown
off trail
rocky
11 days ago

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