Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

Moderate scrambling, but fun for the whole family ! The pools are awesome and if you don’t mind cold water take a swim!

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

beautiful - hike by Pinecrest Lake, Stanislaus River, forested area, waterfalls and Cleo's Bath at top. the rock scrambling is rigorous in one spot.

This trail has dangerous fall situations. Not for children

This trail is very dangerous and should never be mistaken for less. I personally have assisted in two helicopter rescues from this trail, both being fall victims. On three different visits the the bath, I have seen the remains of dogs that had fallen to their deaths. I am a local and have frequented the bath for over forty years and say this trail demands caution!

Great hike. Loved that there was actual climbing required to get there. Not too hard to do, I saw dogs and children as young as 7 doing it. The best part is having a nice cold bath waiting for you at the end, with some great views of Pinecrest Lake.

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!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike! Have done it multiple times. Definitely some good climbing. Did this with my 7 and 4 year old. It was tough but they made it up and down

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, but lots of hikers on the main trail around the lake. A word of caution: the end of this trail requires bouldering several hundred feet up...a challenge for humans and an even bigger challenge for dogs!

hiking
4 months ago

Make sure you take the other way back around the side of the lake that you didn’t head out on. The side with the dam is amazing and offers more of a challenge than the side with the majority of houses. Just completed this hike in Dec and the weather was fantastic, minimal snow pack.

This is not an easy trail. I live here locally and I’ve done this trail getting into God’s bath is not difficult but getting out is. It’s gonna have to walk up a granite vertical face with a rope or Billygoat the side of the mountain either way it’s a little difficult. This is a difficult trail I do not know why it’s rated easy

It was a super awesome place to go too. Only thing that I didn't like was that there are people that are starting to leave their trash. Please keep this spot clean and beautiful and pick up your trash. But still an amazing site.

hiking
7 months ago

The intent was to climb up the Pct from the Sonora pass summit on the road. Without knowing for a bit our tail wasn't the Pct but one that goes up a steeper more direct route route. I was struggling and very happy when we made it where it connected to the PCT. We got up to the saddle on the ridge line and turned left at the junction and headed up towards the peak. With some patches of snow the trial was hard to see, but it was pretty clear to just follow the ridge line. The wind was blowing, and was a fair bit cold when we summited. Beautiful views and we'll worth the effort.

We came back down Saint Mary Pass, and again lost the trail. I thought I was better at navigation than this. No big worry, we eventually found our way back. In the meantime I felt blessed to able to see and briefly be a part of such beautiful country.

7 months ago

Hike the trail all the time got some great views. I go back almost every year

trail running
8 months ago

Amazing trail. Views from the baths at sunset were spectacular. The bouldering and scrambling made the trail fun and challenging. Only ran into a couple people on the trail. Great option for seclusion in an amazing landscape once you leave the lake shore.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome once you get away from the campground!

Great place. Hike not "easy". I believe it is marked correctly on Google maps.

Absolutely beautiful. Hike up the trail is not for the faint of heart. It's easy for the experienced hiker and hard for those that aren't used to using ropes to support their weight and to scale down and across ridges.
NOTE****
A lot of people are littering, leaving their beer cans, beverages, picnic food, wrappers all along the trail as well as at the site. Please, if you do go, pack out everything you brought with you. Respect nature and keep this place beautiful. What you leave there will stay there forever, because this is a secret spot, there is no one that is coming to clean this place up. It is all up to you to clean after yourselves.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is NOT kid friendly (at least for our experience, ages 7 and younger) as stated above. Toward the end of the hike, it's very inclined and has a lot of large rocks that you'd have to climb in order to get to the baths. I would recommend going to the right side trail of the lake (not crossing the dam) because it's shorter and isn't as strenuous. I definitely recommend very well gripped hiking shoes for the inclined rock climbing part toward the end of the trail to the baths.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! While there are moments where the trail is faint, it was very easy to follow. Gorgeous vistas, lovely wild flowers right now, and the odd patch of snow. Nice amounts of streams with at least a little water for our black dog when she got hot. Even with a couple rain/storm bursts, it was well worth all the uphill (and downhill). Lake was a lovely destination, a little marshy around the edges closest to where the trail meets the lake. Thinking about a future backpacking trip to spend a weekend on the lake and exploring some more.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous views of the lake and waterfalls. Once you get to the end of the trail by Cleos Bath, it's all rock climbing until you reach the top. Good hiking shoes will be important for this. One of my hardest hikes but very rewarding once you reach the top! Definitely recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! A little tougher than expected, but if a paper pusher like me can do it so can you. Be prepared to do some rock climbing the closer you get to Cleo's Bath. Just follow the arrows, they'll guide you.

Such a good hike and the waterfalls at the end were so fun! Great place to be on hot days!

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.

This was a great hike, the four of us range in age of 60 to 70's, it was a challenge but we worked together and made it up the wall and down and as of 8/22/17 the water was cold and two water falls running.

Gorgeous views, lovely lake, very lovely springy forest path for a while, has clearly been affected by heavy snow this past winter so lost the trail twice but was able to find it again looking at the topo

The hill to get down is pretty tough, but once you are down it is absolutely beautiful.

backpacking
9 months ago

Like others said, it's a casual walk for most of the way, but the last half-ish mile is more like rock climbing and scrambling up big boulders. We did it with our overnight backpacks and made it, but it would definitely be easier with day packs. There are arrows marked on the rocks to help guide you up to Cleo's bath. Do expect lots of rock scrambling/ climbing and navigating towards the end.

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

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