hiking

forest

views

trail running

lake

wild flowers

kid friendly

wildlife

walking

dog friendly

nature trips

horseback riding

camping

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dogs on leash

river

birding

off road driving

waterfall

fishing

snowshoeing

mountain biking

Stanislaus National Forest is a United States national forest which manages 898,099 acres of land in four counties in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. It was established on February 22, 1897, making it one of the country's oldest national forests. It was named after the Stanislaus River.

Not sure I would exactly call it easy. The way back has a pretty good grade but it's not too far. Bring water shoes! It is beautiful but the rocks in the river bed are merciless.

backpacking
4 days ago

Overnight Camping Trip:
20 May 2017 - 21 May 2107

This was our first overnight camp, and a lot of fun too.
We brought a compass and map, which ended up coming in use a few times. True Pine Crest Peak is about 1.5 miles away. Use the "Heat Map" Overlay to find the path to true Pine Crest Peak Trail. The views, sunset, and sunrise at the end of this trail are beautiful!

BEARS ARE ACTIVE:
We spotted a black bear off the lumber trail, near the finishing point. A set of fresh tracks on the Lumber Road on our way back, and one set at the finishing point. Practice your bear warding yelling and keep bear spray on hand. We were not practicing warding yelling and made eye contract from about 200 feet away, very un-nerving. KEEP YOUR PETS ON A LEASH.

CLIMATE:
80's and 90's open sun travel. We packed 3 liters of water each. We did not practice rationing, and used it for 02 food rehydration meals. We are consistent water drinkers and the heat demanded it. Emptied our water supply by the time we returned to the Boat Rental Shop, we also did not do the loop and went from the top of the lake and straight to the end; maybe 10 miles total.

Mosquitos are huge by Catfish Lake and various water bodies. Sunblock then spray. For those who do not know. If using Deet spray; 20-30% only, nothing higher.

SNOW:
There is snow and a large tree blocking the ridge line portion of the trail. Kind of sketchy but doable.
Snow at the finish point, which we used as a fire extinguisher source. It will most likely be melted by next weekend, if the hot weather continues.

TRAIL INFO:
From the Pine Crest Lake Start, there are 2 trees that have been cut down and have blocked the trail very well.

First open rock traversing area heading to Catfish Lake; trail gets very obscure in the woods you will enter. There are rock piles in the open rock area to help give you a general bearing of travel. You will see the obvious first pile, then look left to get an idea of travel. Within the woods about 100 feet radius of entry into the woods is a good trail, but it is hard to find when entering. We will be marking this area for easy travel, on our next run.

There are fallen trees across the ridge trail by Herring Creek.

Catfish Lake:
You are there if you see the wooden TeePee structure in the water. Also there is a junction trail marker in the same area.
Travel past the TeePee and stay follow the trail all the way to the Peak Marker on the Logging Road.

At PEAK MARKER:
There is a pine tree that fell across the road. It obscures the trail on the far side of the road. We missed it and took the Lumber Road to the top. This is also where we found the black bear about 200 feet into the woods from the road. You can use the Lumber Road to get to the finishing point. Follow it through the sharp turn, when it ends, just go up and you are there.

We upgraded the camp fire site a bit. Wind protection and air feeders. Keep it small and extinguishing water nearby, the wind was very sporadic when we were there.

Short hike with the river flowing right next to the trail until you hit the falls. The falls were also flowing at the most intense rate I have ever seen and it was amazing being able to see this rare sight.

hiking
6 days ago

Fun hike, great for training and family.

hiking
8 days ago

Make sure to look out for the blue arrows as they will guide you to Cleos bath. There are some points of the hike however that aren't clearly marked so beware so you won't get lost.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail was hard to follow at times because it seemed minimally maintained. Only encountered two other groups of hikers the whole day. NOTE: Some of the trail is flooded right now (May 2017) and requires getting your feet VERY wet and possibly mosquito bitten to make it all the way to the falls. That said, powered through and found the falls delightful. They're short but loud and impressive, and there's nice space to sprawl and recover for the trek back.

Beautiful hike. Definately closer to 7 miles....but loved it. Took 4 hours for us with a 3 1/2 year old but she was able to do most of it herself!

nice enough trail, a lot of it is actually paved so I wouldn't call it hiking. Tons of people, but being right in Pinecrest everyone does it.

This was a great little hike. You start out going down hill so that means you have to go back up after you reach the cave. Fortunately the hike is pretty short so its not too bad. We will for sure be back this summer to float through the cave.

Beautiful trail, did a little over two miles in then back with family. Mostly flat, easy trail. Awesome views overlooking river, lots of flowers to see and picnic benches along the way to enjoy scenic spots.

12 days ago