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
7 days ago

October 7, 2018, first dusting of snow last week. Clear and sunny but 40 mph north east gusts at the summit. Trail off of the PCT isn’t hard to find, follows the Ridgeline. Pretty much all uphill. Incredible hike, Snow on the mountains adds a lot.

hiking
14 days ago

It’s easy to lose the trail just after you hit St Mary’s pass and around where you connect up w the PCT. Also, the final mile back to the trailhead is basically just walking along 108. Epic views all around and VERY windy at the top.

off road driving
27 days 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.

off road driving
1 month 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

off road driving
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

off road driving
2 months ago

New reroute is open

on Sonora Peak Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great Route with all the climbing up front. A bit windy up top and lots of smoke from Northern California fires. Lost the trail a few times on the way up and definitely lost it on the way down as it ended at a rocky area, Just needed to climb down the rocks to see the trail start up again. Saw one Marmot on the way down and only 3 humans near the Pass parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

2.3 miles to the summit - pretty steep at the end, take your time. Stunning views, perfect place for lunch at the summit in the little rock circle. Tons of snow fields on the way up - thought we were done with that, but tons of snow after as well, except not flat and a bit treacherous. Thankfully others had gone before us and left footprints. We got pretty severely off trail due to the amount of snow - would’ve ranked it a 5 if it weren’t for the snow and ice and we’d been able to stay on trail. Seriously beautiful though, not one to miss!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked up to the top of the third crater and the view was amazing!

main trail is easy to miss. entrance is just before the parking lot

off road driving
4 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.

hiking
4 months 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
5 months ago

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

snowshoeing
8 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
8 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
Monday, October 02, 2017

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
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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
Monday, August 14, 2017

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Monday, August 07, 2017

Would love to visit again

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

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