Looking for a great trail in Stanislaus National Forest, California? AllTrails has 75 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 42 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!

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waterfall

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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
bugs
20 hours ago

Great because it’s dog friendly and we literally saw no one else out there. But, we went mid-afternoon and it was super buggy... luckily, they didn’t bite but the swarming around us as we were walking was awful.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Friday, October 18. 4pm-6pm 47 degrees. Park at chickadee picnic area. As others have said I wouldn't say this is "easy" due to the steep incline and rock scrambling at the top. When I got to the top of the rock out crop area I got a bit confused and went to the left alongside the precarious precipice of the rocky mountain top. I totally messed up. I think the actual trail I found later when I climbed to the top of the rocks and it was flatter and made more sense then the dumb ass way I went. This trail had everything I could ever want in a trail. Not too long, strenuous enough to get a good workout, incredible vistas, INCREDIBLE, and wow just wow. I greatly enjoyed it only wish I had more time.

hiking
4 days ago

Great for the bicyclist that want to take it one step beyond asphalt, what with being an old railroad grade, any elevation change is gradual and not very noticeable. Not much of a physical challenge, but the scenery is beautiful. An excellent way to spend any day. del

hiking
5 days ago

Easy enough hike to do with kids ranging from 4+ years old. The little ones had to be carried for some of it. A nice reward at the end. We did it in late Oct, and the falls, while less than majestic, were still well worth the short trek. Room around and above the falls to scamper around. Most of the route was shaded. Saw some fish but didnt have any luck with Trout Magnets or Panther Martins.

Great trail to bring the kids on, beautiful fall changing colors in leaves. Loved the falls with the cooler weather.

Very pleasant hike with good views most of the way.

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!

hiking
off trail
7 days ago

off road driving
7 days ago

Went in the Fall before the rains so it was very dry, making it a fairly easy trail IMO. East end has a few obstacles, but nothing really challenging. And every obstacle has a bypass. The rest of the trail is just a bumpy road with some sharp turns now and then. Great views at the top, and some neat places to stop for a picnic. When it's dry a stock 4x4 (probably even a 4x2) would have little problem getting up to the top coming from the West, then if you want to avoid the rocks on the East just head out the way you came in.

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.

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
13 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.

backpacking
14 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
15 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

hiking
rocky
17 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.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
washed out
19 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.

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