Looking for a great trail in Stanislaus National Forest, California? AllTrails has 73 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 37 moderate trails in Stanislaus National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 78.8 miles and from 1,558 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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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
rocky
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. Good sized Brook trout were biting the night we were up there.

hiking
1 day ago

Just perfect! Perfect amount of shade on the trail, easy to follow and the uphill scramble was just enough to get the heart pumping,the waterfalls are beautiful and swimming is a must! I hike in adidas water shoes that way when I arrive I can jump right in !

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

this was a great hike it's definitely a hard hike but the views and the solitude at the top is so worth it. amazing and it just over 8,000 feet up the only thing I know you can see are the peaks around you that are 10,000 feet or greater. the pond wasn't that good it didn't look very good to even want to swim in it hard access to get to it lots of bugs but we did stay on the boulders south of the lake right on the edge looking down into Boulder Creek valley pretty pretty spectacular

hiking
2 days ago

Went backpacking for one night 7/16-7/17. Got a tip from another hiker to look up the hill and find some higher paths to avoid the wet marshy grass leading to the lake. It took us some effort to find a dry path, and we still got our feet damp in the process, but I think it was totally worth it to stay at the lake. It felt like we had the entire lake to ourselves. Just a few steps down from our campsite was a perfect fishing spot. Caught one with a spinner. We passed a LOT of cows on the trail which was a unique experience.

This is an awesome hike. I think the Forest Service rates this as strenuous, but I'd go with moderate. The elevation gain is about 1000ft but is pretty gradual. The destination, Relief Reservoir, is beautiful. Well worth the effort!

Lot of sun, but there is shade every so often. Sandy trail with horse left-behinds. Great views of the river and a waterfall or two. The reservoir was gorgeous and you can get in the water for a quick soak if you're accustomed to colder water. It's a scramble to get down to the water from the main trail. Road is paved basically the whole way there. Verizon reception at the trailhead, as well as sightings of the smelly and adventurous PCT hiker

off road driving
over grown
rocky
2 days ago

We started to do this trail, but it was so overgrown with bushes we turned back.

off road driving
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

Well, the trail is open. My friends and I decided to try and tackle this trail in my stock Jeep WJ. We made it, but I won’t try it again without a lift and sliders at the very least. We scraped and slid a few times and had to be very careful about the line we chose. The first part of the trail (the hard part) took us almost 2.5 hours. It was a lot of fun with beautiful views. There was some snow still lingering at the top, but it’s melting pretty fast and creating muddy conditions. We had a blast!!!

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

This was a great 1-night backpacking trip. We took our time, stopping at camp lake for pics and a snack, and it took us 2.5 hrs to get from Crabtree trailhead to bear lake. Plenty of camping spots around bear lake if you walk around it to the left. There were quite a few mosquitos, but mostly near the water. Swimming in bear lake was amazing - water was cold in mid-July, but the air was warm. Hike back out the next day was <2 hrs.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great trail once you get to the incline, beautiful and rewarding views. Before that it's a small stretch of flat, sandy trail. It's also a horse trail so you can imagine the smell. They seem to drop their presents in the areas where it was hard to hike for us where we had no choice but to step in it. Bad luck maybe. If you are backpacking - go past Grouse Creek! Really great camping spots.

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous trail, amazing views! Hiked 7/20/19 and it was spring in the alpine mountain- a beautiful display of so many different wildflowers. Combined with incredible vistas. We made it 2.2 miles before we hit snow, at which point we did some small ridge trails; never made it to the lake. Another couple said they made it thru the first section of snow but further along there was more snow in the first section and they could not make it thru, so quit. But the trail was worth it even though we didn’t make it all the way to the lake; I’d come again in late July just for the wildflowers plus vistas in all directions! By August I’m sure the snow will all be melted and easier to make the whole trail.

hiking
private property
rocky
3 days ago

It gets treaterous around the east and north sides, lots of up and down, rocky, steep and it seems to run right through back yards but otherwise, if your prepared its a gorgeous hike! when you get across the bridge, going counter-clockwise, theres an area of the river that is shallow and still enough to swim in, we spent half hour there before continuing on, the dam is flat but if your afraid of heights you might get squeemish. lots of kids and ppl fishing along the trail. great workout!

hiking
bugs
3 days ago

Tough 2 miles up but after that it’s easy

Did this hike the weekend of July 4 and it was nice. Especially liked the cozier feel of camp lake. As we headed towards bear lake the trail was sometimes difficult to navigate but not too bad.

May want a all wheel drive vehicle to get here but can do it in a car if you’re careful. Nice place to hike with with a moderate challenge for the new hiker/backpacker. Couple of nice lakes amongst alpine forest makes for a great time.

on Kennedy Lake Trail

backpacking
4 days ago

Kennedy lake was a beautiful place: the grassy meadow juxtaposed against the barren peaks was stunning. That said, the trail was pretty crowded for a backcountry trail. My only complaint is that there are a million horses on the trail ants the horse camp folks get to stay past the resort by the trailhead while the backpackers camp 1.5 miles away. So backpackers and hikers have to walk to the trailhead, most of which is along a road (mostly dirt) through a very crowded camp. Granted, most of the folks at the camp were not camping at Kennedy lake. many went to relief reservoir or other places, so we felt relatively isolated while camping. Overall though, the trail followed a beautiful river with gorgeous waterfalls, then next to a rushing creek. Next you proceed through some shady trees and finally out into the muddy meadow (backpacked 7/13/19-7/14/19). I think we hiked it somewhat quickly. With the extra 1.5 miles from the car, it took us 4 hrs 21 minutes to get to the lake, and 3 hrs to get back. While I do wish it was more secluded, the trip was overall wonderful.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
4 days ago

Very very steep trail on the way up. Poles advised. Little better on the way down. To locate the trail is easy but keep a lookout for the parking lot. They’re small and not marked. With great work comes great views. Stunning wildflowers with a lot of variety. At the peak you oversee the grand sierras with 360 degree views. Birds with sing in abundance the entire hike. On the way down the trail can be very difficult to find and a map is strongly encouraged. We decided to do a little off trail hiking to shorten our trip back to the parking lot rather than walk the recommended road back and was very easy to do.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

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