Best trails in Stanislaus National Forest, California

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Looking for a great trail in Stanislaus National Forest, California? AllTrails has 78 great hiking trails, trail 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 45 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!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Stanislaus National Forest, California
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Top trails (78)
#1 - Cleo's Bath Trail via Pinecrest Lake Loop
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Trail marker is off the north side of Pinecrest lake. Pleasant trail through forest and rocky switchbacks at high elevation. Opens up into river, wading pool and waterfall area. Great views of Pinecrest Lake!Show more
#2 - Pinecrest Lake Loop
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
This trail offers lots of up and down boulders, but well worth it for the views especially from the halfway point! The dam can be fun to traverse and the granite cliffs before the dam are amazing. Pinecrest is a popular little lake. There are many activities and people, but not a lot of parking. Best to arrive as early as possible get parked and set up and then walk the trail. It is very scenic! Dogs are not allowed near the lake between May 15th and Sept 15th.Show more
#3 - Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
A great hike to a beautiful lake. A good option if this is your first time backpacking. If camping overnight, make sure to pick up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest. There are campsites spread across entire lake. Make sure you bring plenty of bug spray. Enjoy a calming sunset over the lake or go for a cold dip in the water! Show more
#4 - Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 19.5 mi • Est. 10 h
#5 - Kennedy Lake Trail
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 7 h 35 m
#6 - Relief Reservoir Trail
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
#7 - PCT: CA Section J - Sonora Pass to Echo Lake
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 77.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - West Side Railroad Trail to the Tuolumne North Fork
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
This is a perfect hike geared towards anyone in any skill level. You casually stroll along a flat surface winding around the mountainside wandering the same trail that years ago had rails used for logging until the trail became to narrow for a train. Most of the rails are pulled up so even biking is possible. Keep in mind there are occasional ruts though. Butterflies and picturesque views afford anyone a good time. You can have dogs on the trail with you.Show more
#9 - San Antonio Creek Falls
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
San Antonio Creek Falls is located in the heart of Stanislaus National Forest, near the town of Arnold. It is a very easy hike to the viewpoint, where you can see a spectacular 89 ft. cascade, but unfortunately, it is not particularly easy to get a good view of. Some parts of this route are very easy to slip and lose traction on, so this may not be the best path for small children or dogs. Show more
#10 - Diana Falls
Stanislaus National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
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