Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Stanislaus 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.

Walked from the Black Oak Casino RV Park to the trail. Was a great and easy walk. Once at the trail it was a steady path with great views! Definitely would recommend.

This is a pretty awesome trail. The new sections puts this trail into Hard territory. I have a rock buggy on 1 tons and 43’s and I have run this trail many times, it is always fun. Last run there was a group of broke Jeeps on one of the obstacles and I took a bypass line around them and proceeded to beat on my rig harder than I have in a long time, but I was able to get around. The group of Jeepers were on 33-35’s and they didn’t look like they’d return.

I hiked this trail yesterday. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Overall it was an enjoyable hike. Seems as though it should more appropriately be rated as easy rather than moderate.

off road driving
25 days ago

Pretty awesome trail, we ended up turning it into a two day trip but can easily be a day trip. There was definitely some sketchy moments (first part) but the Jeep handled it just fine. I did it in a stock wrangler riding on some 33s and rocksliders that I’m glad I had because I definitely hit.

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

29 days ago

Easy fun scenic walk

off road driving
30 days ago

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

horseback riding
2 months 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.

off road driving
2 months 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.

3 months ago

The trail is on a wide fire road the whole time. It’s almost completely flat. I biked in and out in less than an hour without any real difficulties. It has some beautiful views and great smells from the pine and sage. There are a lot of blackberries on the trail so if you’re there at the right time you can definitely get some of those. There was a washout close to the dam but I just got off my bike and walked it down and around where a small trail was made then continued riding. I recommend it for an easy ride or hike but don’t plan on sweating much.

off road driving
3 months ago

I got a stock JL Rubicon with 35s no lift , was able to go trough the new section ( rubbed on the skid plates and pulled the winch ones ) , used the bypass on the stairs till next time when I’ll be back with a 2.5 inch lift , will be enough.. great trail - don’t go alone !

First time, made it through no problem in my Rubicon with 35’s. Great trail, plan to spend time at the lake and bring your suit! Definitely will go again

I prefer to go from lake alpine to Utica reservoir. it's not harder but I like it better. fun trail takes 2-3 hours to go straight through. baby Rubicon. would not recommend stock vehicles

walking
3 months ago

Walked only 2 miles in then turned around to walk out It was getting dark. Nice averaged a 18 minute mile. Not bad for the first time....

It's a pretty boring route, the canyon is beautiful at the beginning, but then nothing happens. River is from a distance, and there isn't much shade.

3 months ago

Really nice easy hike along a well maintained fire road. There's a wash out about a mile from the dam, but look to the right for an easy detour - no problem for hikers but could be a little challenging to pick up a stroller or wagon and carry it up the hill a few yards. We took the flumes (accessed by a stairway at the beginning of the dam) part of the way back - they are plenty wide enough to walk comfortably in single file. We only stayed on the flumes for a mile or so, but there were several wooden bridges providing access to transfer back from the flumes to a steep maintenance road and up to the main trail.

off road driving
3 months ago

I was in the area and didn't think my stock K1500 with 32" tires would handle it but figured I'd just see and turn around if it didn't look doable. I didn't have to go further than the first rock obstacle to figure out there was absolutely no way unless I wanted to thrash the truck. About this same time a newer Tacoma with 34" tires was coming up the bypass after coming to the same conclusion about his truck. The Jeep Rubicon in front of me made it through the first obstacle fine but I ended up seeing him later and he turned around because he didn't want to chance it solo. As the review below stated, if you don't have 35" tires, expect damage.

off road driving
3 months ago

Rather easy trail. Passed a truck towing a 5th wheel travel trailer. Stopped at the cabin and had lunch outside. We brought tools so we decided to fix up some shutters, outside boards and little things in the cabin.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! It is perfect for the dogs. It is a bit dusty but overall very fun. It’s flat which is great for an easy going hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazeballs scenery, awesomeness walking trail, and super duper scary flume bridges. I conquered my fear of heights! How do people do this with kids?!

4 months ago

It was my kids first time riding their bikes on a dirt trail. This was perfect! We even picked some juicy blackberries along the way. The trail was nice and smooth.

off road driving
4 months ago

Went with a group of vehicles back in the first of July. this is a fun trail and if your rig has 35" tires or smaller you will be scraping your undercarriage. A few one rig got some body damage, one broke a ball joint. I would suggest taking at least one person with experience on this trail. Plan spending more time because there is a nice stream to hangout at and Lake Alpine, plus some of the obstacles can be tough.

off road driving
4 months ago

I have driven this trail a few times and it is always fun, once in late Spring, Fall and Winter where we got stopped by snow just before the beautiful overlook. This is a good trail for the beginner with a 4x4 with some ground clearance. There will be a few spots that might worry a first timer but the rocks are easily driven over and most of the trail is fire roads. Bring some food and have lunch at the overlook.

off road driving
4 months ago

Solo run yesterday. Fantastic trail. Clear of fallen trees. Bring your swimsuit

off road driving
4 months ago

New reroute is open

4 months ago

Beautiful! Rode my bike from the trail head in Confidence to the Dam.

on Lyons Dam

5 months ago

As the description mentions the road is washed out near the dam, but hikers and bikers can easily get past that point. I don't know about horses though. A very enjoyable and pleasant trail.

off road driving
5 months ago

23Jun18 got to trail about 9:30am, enters from just south of Bear Valley. We are in a stock 2017 Jeep Willy’s with 3:73 gearing. Right after the entrance I was worried it got pretty technical and looked like I may or may not make it onto the trail itself. No worries though, with light throttle and good placement we made it in. Overall the trail is beautiful, great meadows, great vistas, and a slight challenge here and there. The surface gets very chalky at times so dust can be bad if you stop or are open topped. The 13 mile run took us about 2 hours with stops here and there.

This is a delightful trail on a cool Spring day. It’s easy walking and the trail is wide. The views of the Tuolumne River gorge are wonderful and the wildflowers are numerous. A warning: The trail’s entrance is a bit hard to find.

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail but definitely go with others. My stock two door rubicon did well, tho I did scrape the skid plates underneath a bit. It’s better suited for vehicles with more ground clearance and bigger tires.

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