Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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
2 days 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

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
22 days ago

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

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!

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
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.

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

hiking
10 months ago

2.25 miles up & 2.25 miles down; amazing 360 degree view at 11,460'! Have done this hike several times but made it to the top only once, Sept. 2016.

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.

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This is an awesome hike but hard to find the trail where it breaks off from the PCT. A good topo map should have it but it is about 2-3 miles from the trail head at Sonora Pass to the left right up a ridge line. Once to the top check out the Geo Cache and sign the book then sit back and enjoy the breath taking views. If you look at the photo I uploaded of the track I took the trail breaks off the PCT at the star waypoint marked as 12:18. Much shorter route to take then the one uploaded here.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This is a great little high-elevation (11,470 ft) hike, right off the highway.
Along with the elevation, I also encountered snow and a rather large bear on the trail.
The trail offers great views in all directions, especially the south, looking into Emigrant Wilderness.

Did this loop in late June from the Mary's Pass Trailhead (clockwise). The route is pretty straightforward. Start by going straight up to the ridge at Mary's pass, you will see wilderness boundary signage and very likely snow. Here the trail disappears, but look East (and a little north) and you will see it pick up again on the western flank of Sonora Peak. Head towards this point, navigating around or across any remaining snow. From here, just follow the trail up the NW ridge to summit where you will find a wind shelter and register. From the summit, the well-marked trail down the SE ridge until you get to the PCT. Follow this back to Hwy 108 (don't miss the sharp turn in the PCT like I did). Then head down the road past a snow-fed meadow back to the lot at the Mary's Pass trailhead.

off road driving
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fantastic location for hitting the trail, great camping.

People on the trail were fantastic except for this one Dick with a full size Chevy that had no business being on the trail

Be responsible, pack your trash out and know your limitations

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Great trail. We went late spring so there was still some blooming. Once you hit the slopes high up, it sometimes felt a bit like the road to Mordor from Lord of the Rings, rocky and dry. But other than that, the view is amazing once you get to the top, you can see the peaks south toward yosemite national park.

off road driving
Thursday, September 10, 2015

This was not an easy trail. With new boulders and trail difficulty, it was more like a moderate to low hard trail. I spoke with the Jeep group I went with an he said it wasn't easy either. The trail its self was amazing. Had a great time and will do it again any day.

hiking
Monday, June 30, 2014

Hike this with 4 adults and 7 children ranging from 3 years old to 12 years old. Other than the three year old being in a Kelty kids backpack, everyone was able to hike this trail with ease. It's a short loop to the first and second craters. Recommended for all experience levels.

hiking
Sunday, January 12, 2014

I do not think I actually found the trail. There was a large tree down at the beginning of Cn45 and I walked in from there. The road forks early on; one way flat with power lines along it, one way up hill. I chose uphill and had a nice hike. I turned around after an hour. I believe another 20-30 minutes and I would have reached the ridge and had a nice view of the Sierras to the north.

hiking
Saturday, November 02, 2013

This was a fun time. Easy hike to the uppermost crater, until about 20 ft from the top. The ground is pumice and very slippery. Would be best with some climbing gear, alas, I'm a hiker only, not much of a climber! You can see for miles toward Mammoth and the White Mts.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I just posted a photo here. I am looking to find the trail for this view, somewhere near Arnold, CA. If you have any suggestions or know where it is please let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated.

hiking
Friday, July 26, 2013

We hiked from Utica to lake Alpine! AMAZING hard and so rewarding! I can't wait to do it again! There were a few jeeps Crawling but it didn't matter we got out of their way an watched them do their thing!

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