Duchess Mine Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Duchess Mine Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Vallecito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

views

wild flowers

This is a loop trail with views of New Melones Reservoir and the surrounding area. The trail takes hikers past the remnants of the Duchess Mine, which operated during the gold rush era. It also takes hikers up onto a portion of Table Mountain, which is a 10 million year old lava flow that exhibits inverted topography - the lava formed in the paleochannel of the Stanislaus River, which is now the high spot on the landscape.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, but there's a lot of ducking under overgrown shrubbery. Pretty challenging

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3 months ago

ended in an off trail but found my way back great workout if that what your looking for

hiking
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4 months ago

Gorgeous trail... Take the gradual section first (the right-hand trail along the lake) The climb is less of a killer than going up the 1,000ft. per mile. Take THAT one down. But if you exercising or preparing for Whitney do the reverse. Either way the meadow and fire jumper training spot at the top of the ridge is a relaxing place for lunch.

5 months ago

Nice

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Went in mid spring and had plenty of wildflowers blooming. Trail was a bit over grown once you get to the top section, but still visible. Would definitely do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Who pooped on the trail?

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5 months ago

What a 'hidden-gem'! A moderate climb above the lake then attaining the beautiful grassy meadow of the Plateau. We took the easy route up, with the lake on our right. Helicopter landing and takeoff training was going on when we were there but didn't pose any problems...an added thill. The route down is steep, but has the most spectacular views of the highway, bridge and lake and ridges beyond. Entire trip can be done in reverse or one way up and down as you prefer.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Took the right going up so i can enjoy the view going down. Great view overall! The elevation change going down is insane! I think i will try the left side next so ill have energy going up. Great moderate hike.

hiking
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Stay to right along the water on the way up so you are facing the good views on the way down. First part along water is gradual and wide, good for mountain bikes. Trail is not marked at junctions, stay to right to do full 4 miles, left hand routes cut corners and make the loop 3 miles. Great winter trail, no cover, you will get cooked in the summer.