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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.

Alpine Lake Campground to Inspiration Point and Back. Follows paved trail passing Bee Gulch to Pine Marten and Silver Valley campgrounds. Then takes visible route to Inspiration Point Marker before ascending slope to the mini-plateau at the top. Spectacular views of Alpine Lake and Utica Reservoir.

Amazing day hike. Highly recommend!

off trail
1 day ago

pretty cool trail most of it is well maintained. Started late at noon so it got pretty warm, however, lots of coverage. There were a lot of bugs but were fine with it. Will do this again just earlier. Lots other trails around.

no shade
off trail
8 days ago

Not a recommended hike for anyone with lower back, legs, lungs or heart problems - this is an incredibly challenging hike. It is a straight incline for 2.4 miles (if you go clockwise). The last .3-.4 miles is climbing the face of the peak so it's straight up, with patches of snow and incredibly rocky. Hiking boots are a must and hiking sticks are highly recommended. There were muddy parts and the trail is all loose dirt and rocks. My friends and I slipped and fell several times even with boots, so be very careful. The trail is also not very well marked (other than the PCT) so make sure to keep the AllTrails app handy or have a map. That being said, the view from the top is beautiful. This is a very remote hike with very little traffic. You'll get warm during the ascent and descent but the peak is very windy so dress in long hiking pants, layers and a sweater or jacket.

No bathrooms for MILES before the trail so stop on your way. Lots of overgrown brush, much of it thorny.

9 days ago

No mosquitos thanks to colder temperatures. All creeks along route are dry aside from one by the trailhead. Northern road to trailhead is fun but shouldn’t attempt without 4WD and high clearance.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great spot, but this route is not correct. The maps/layers available here on AllTrails don't show the actual Niagara Rim OHV trail route, but the route itself is pretty well marked by dark brown wooden signs that say "Rim Trail". It's 9 miles point to point, and it starts further down 5N01, at 38.296149, -119.850737 (the trail is marked on Google Maps as Niagara Rim 4WD trail). Trail is rated as moderate because all of the real hard stuff is optional. At the fork before Sidewall Suicide go left to bypass, or right to try your luck. Lion's Butt is a fun granite playground with hard lines if you want them. We didn't even venture into The Rock Pile, as I only have 31" rubber and a 2" lift, but that's there if you really want to spend some money on extraction/repairs lol. Check out 4x4trailmaps dot com for route info (I'm not affiliated w them in any way)

Easy trail. Would love to do again didn’t really feel tough until the very end. Last little leg is definitely worth it.

on Pinecrest Lake Loop

12 days ago

Loved it !! Plenty of places to rest if needed with the view of the very blue lake. Hiking shoes recommended so you don’t feel the rocks on your feet. Definitely coming back to Pinecrest to do the other trails.

there is no loop as far as I looked, but a very cool out and back.

over grown
washed out
13 days ago

Tough trail. Lots of rocky spots to climb up and through. Quite a few over grown spots. The trail it self though has some excellent hiking sections that gave me some AT vibes.

If you are staying at union lake this is a good hike with the family. Easy, pretty, maybe see a bear or some deer...careful in late September due to hunters, lots of hunters.

Gorgeous hike, but really Rocky all the way around,

Cool trail has a bit of everything. Easy almost paved hiking to off trail type climb to the next section trails! Definitely a medium rating as there are some steep granite walkovers you most do! The swim at the top is worth the effort!

15 days ago

One of my favorite hikes!! I have hiked this trail in every season including winter with snow on the ground, and it is beautiful every time!

on Pinecrest Lake Loop

15 days ago

17 days ago

Although short, parts of the rim trail were quite steep with loose rock making parts moderate.

Backpack trip with some friends over a weekend. Spent Friday night at Bear Lake at a beautiful campsite on the Western edge of the lake. Great fishing at Bear with good size fish (9-12”) taken on dry flies. There were a few others camped nearby but we expected that. Trail is well maintained but dusty coming up the hill from Crabtree. Had to put my gaiters on to keep dust and debris out of my shoes. On Sat we hiked the 2 miles up to Granite Lake. Steep climb and no marked trail. Actually, there are multiple trails that folks have tried to mark with Ducks on the open granite slabs but no trail was well marked and we ended up spending time searching for next trail marker. Lots of folks camped at Granite as well which was a surprise for us. No fish at Granite but lots of frogs and saw several Garter Snakes as well. Beautiful spot to spend a night. Hiked all the way out (came down a different trail than we went up) on Sunday morning.

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