Looking for a great trail in Stanislaus National Forest, California? AllTrails has 78 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 43 moderate trails in Stanislaus National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 78.8 miles and from 1,637 to 9,635 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

hiking

views

forest

wildlife

nature trips

lake

wild flowers

running

walking

bird watching

dog friendly

dogs on leash

camping

kid friendly

river

backpacking

fishing

horseback riding

waterfall

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

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.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

March 22, 2020 This trail is well marked it’s rated easy how ever it had my heart racing during a couple of climbs. It’s March but there’s still some snow on the trail. Some muddy slippery areas due to snow melting & recent rains. There’s a few fallen trees but trail is still easy to follow. The river is full & flowing beautifully. The Carlon fall is a glorious site now that it’s brimming with water!! Overall a wonderful hike!

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

This trail is awesome & views are amazing. The trail is well marked for the first about 3.5 miles. You get to see & go through different terrains. You hike by the river & you hike through some rocky spots which I’ll point out aren’t marked so just pay attention to your AllTrails app. Ones you are past the tall grass area roughly 3.7miles into hike the trail becomes difficult to identify due to all the fallen dead trees & all the bark & wood ships covering the area. We decided we would not attempt to decipher the correct path to trail so we turned around & headed back. Overall an awesome experience.

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Great easy trail, we recently had rain so waterfall is flowing down, lots of water & flowers are already blooming. This is a scenic trail.

Loved this hike!’

hiking
21 days ago

Easy trail and great for a run. Two short inclines, but skip the second and do some rock scrambling for a more fun adventure.

hiking
22 days ago

Like this trail. Well traveled with good parking.

unfortunately my husband and our dog got ticks on them, look alive and check yourself! this was my first day hike/nature walk of this length before. It's a perfect outing for a beginner. I would recommend this hike for early spring, definitely not summer.

Great trail, easy enough to follow, passed a few other hikers at “cougar rock”. The views from up there were amazing, friendly doggies and people

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
27 days ago

lots of ticks out there! inkept bringing them off the dogs and my boyfriend's legs. and just so you know, if you stay on the main trail, my watch said it was 5.6 to the river at hacienda. I think Alltrails is a little off. super easy trail. you can tell when you hit the less trafficed part. it was warm on this last day of February. in the sun a lot. the climb is super gradual, except a little switch back down to the river. on the way back in the afternoon some of the local more interesting characters were on the trail.

Nothing too exciting, mostly just a walk in the trees. Definitely recommend checking the map often because there are multiple spots that the trail divides and crosses with others, and my friend and I went the wrong way twice. Also there are a lot of fallen trees! The views from Cougar Rock are very pretty but nothing spectacular. Also a heads up, the pavement drops off suddenly after driving down the small road past the homes nearing the hike. There’s then a stretch of rocky dirt road with large potholes, and it’ll be difficult for lower vehicles to make it! Just be prepared for the drop off from the pavement as it’s quite sudden.

hiking
closed
27 days ago

Drove 2 hours to hike this trail only to find out it was closed due to logging. Extreme disappointment.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
28 days ago

Really nice trail to do an overnight camping trip! The trail is a good workout with a full pack, we went to the falls and back to our campsite in about 4 hours and did 7 miles. Scenic campsite about 2 miles in I would definitely recommend. I would set up camp and then hike to the falls and back so you don’t have your full pack on all the time but overall a good trail

So to start off with the last 600 ft of this trail is NOT dog friendly. It requires scaling a very steep rock crevice with no place for a dog to get footing. So this trail is pretty easy going with plenty of views of the Pinecrest Lake on the way to the trail head. In some places the trail disappears because of large granite outcroppings but there are cairn stones marking the way. Elevation gain is very light and stretched out over long distances. Now to the nitty gritty of this trail. The last 600 ft is basically scaling up a very steep crevice of granite that is NOT dog friendly. We kept wondering if we had gone off trail but my map and the arrows that were painted on the rock said we were spot on. We had a medium size dog, about 40 lbs, with us and we were not comfortable letting her attempt this or hauling her up and over so we never made it to the end.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

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