Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

hiking
18 hours ago

Nice and simple trail, crater was a cool lime green color surrounded by some trees.

does anyone know if slick rock is open yet? I would like to go up this weekend

5/5/18 The road is still closed due to mudslides. We hiked it instead.

Pretty nice, we did it in the snow so it took a bit longer. 1 question why do people pick up their dog poop, but then leave the damn plastic bag? Retards.

hiking
21 days ago

It's an ok hike through a nice pine forrest, but the craters aren't that great. Nothing much else to see.

off road driving
2 months ago

a long time ago

Just give yourself enough time to get up and back before dark. Don’t take ANY detours. We did and have quite the nightmare story. If I were to do it again I would be smarter and use the trail.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Was a really gorgeous, but we missed the trail and went straight at the end of the parking lot and had a hard time finding the trail to the Craters. Go left at the end of the parking lot and follow the blue markers all the way up! The Craters are frozen right now so no bright blue water but still really pretty.

off road driving
3 months ago

Are there trails that I’d be able to take my stock 2017 tundra on? I’m not expecting to do rock crawling, I just want to get on some dirt roads and climb up the mountain to see some beautiful sites!

off road driving
4 months ago

Had some snow and ice to add some complexity, but was pretty easy and enjoyable trail.

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
8 months ago

Short hike with fairly steep incline, but once at the top the crater is breathtaking, don't forget there are 2 craters up there, one does not have a barrier so be careful.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a down out and up back trail.

The start was a little tricky because it passes through a posted private property area. Stay on the "road" and you're good.

on Slick Rock Trail

mountain biking
9 months ago

We rode Mt Bikes down from Lake Alpine. There were plenty of spots where we had to get off and walk but what a beautiful trail. There were a lot of Jeeps and rock crawlers and it was fun to watch them climb the the big obstacle on the Utica side. There's a spot about 1/3 of the way from Lake Alpine where it opens up to a sea of granite and a stream running through there were people camping there. It's an amazing spot

Nice little hike. No signage off main road so I was glad to have this app to navigate us to the trail head.

Would love to visit again

off road driving
9 months ago

Anyone know if this trial is open as of 8/5/17?

fun trail, nothing too exciting. You do end up on Bear Valleys ski resort if you follow the ridge. campsites along the trail are nothing special.

Snow melted! We could drive down to the parking lot on the access road which required careful navigating in our SUV to avoid the 3 R's: rocks, roots and ruts. Take a moment to read the informative sign before you go up. It is amazing to imagine their formation. Worth seeing if you are here.

off road driving
11 months ago

6-16-17 I went to go on this trail and it was closed. I spoke with the Forest Service Rangers and they said it may or may not open this year. A lot of the roads in the area were destroyed or damaged do to the heavy winter. I am remaining hopeful that it will open back up and I can go on it. I will re-rate it after that. The 1 star is for the winter damage not the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Snow piles on road prevented us from driving up to the trailhead, so we just walked up. Total distance was about 5 miles. Easy, lovely hike up to the craters. Ate lunch at the picnic table and had the place to ourselves. It was a very pleasant afternoon.

hiking
11 months ago

Still unable to park at the trailhead as of today. Some pretty thick areas of snow preventing all vehicles from getting there. It's melting fast though!

The walk from where you park to the trailhead isn't the most glamorous but there are definitely quite a few other trails that start or link up throughout there.
There's plenty of roads/trails to explore down there. Great place for mountain bikes.

The beauty of the whole trail is when you finally make it to the Craters. There's a big crater and a smaller one. Both have lakes at their base and snow inside the crater. If you listen, you can hear all the frogs singing their hearts out. There is a trail that wraps around both Craters completely.

Got to see and get a few great pictures of some deer, butterflies, and these wonderfully funny orange and brown birds. Great area for birding as well as mountain biking, snowshoeing and XC. I see some of the more adventurous actually snowshoed down into the small crater!

Just hiked it this afternoon. About 1/3 of the trail covered in snow but still hikable.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Short, but pleasant.

snowshoeing
Friday, March 10, 2017

Had to park 1.5mi from trailhead, but that just made the hike longer & better. Peaceful and beautiful. Met a couple nice folks/dogs but mostly was alone.

off road driving
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Took the jeep up to this trail on 2/25/2017 only to find that the trail was closed. The official on scene said there was a mud slide. No real estimate on when it would be open again, but he said probably by May.

Monday, December 05, 2016

I came here on a early December day and did not see one other vehicle. Road is not the best to travel on but it is doable. Very nice views of the river in many places. I stopped at a picnic table looking at the river and had it all to my self. I stopped at the bridge and marveled at the view. I am glad I came here at least once.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Couple things on this trail, views are amazing! one thing to keep in mind if you are afraid of heights the road down is in good condition but its very narrow and a very steep drop hundreds of feet down so it is definitely a little nervy, but again amazing views. One you make it to the bottom there is a cool little spot where the water is calm that's absolutely beautiful. The bridge is very cool, I was alone so I didn't trek on the other side of the bridge but definitely will next time. Camping spots at the bottom by the river as well.

Monday, November 07, 2016

was not hiking friendly as noted all logging roads for off highway vehicles

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great trail! Mostly moderate wheeling, with some hard sections along the way. Easy to get to from the Bay Area for a quick overnight trip.

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