James Bar Trail

EASY 3 reviews

James Bar Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valley Springs, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
82 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hike along a section of Camanche-Pardee segment of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail This trail is gentle grade to James Bar, suitable for wheelchairs, and then moderately challenging grade to Gunsight Pass before returning along the same path. The trail begins at Rich Gulch parking area and traverses alongside the intermittent Rich Gulch Creek and the upper end of the Pardee Reservoir River Arm to historic James Bar, before continuing on to Gunsight Pass. A native boulder vehicle barrier at the trailhead incorporates an opening for trail access designed for wheelchair navigation. "4 Wheel Bob" Coomber, a frequent Coast to Crest Trail hiker, demonstrates access in his recent hike in 2010. The James Bar Trail is in the East Bay Municipal Utility District. A trail permit is required. For those wishing to continue on from Gunsight Pass, the MCCT heads west from there, up steep and challenging terrain to Patti's Point, named in honor of Patricia Garamendi, wife of Congressman John Garamendi(D-10). _________________________________ The Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail is a 300+ mile, non-motorized multi-use trail bisecting California, roughly following the Mokelumne River from one end at the Pacific Ocean near Martinez to its headwaters at the Sierra Crest. There are five segments. The MCCT is about 50% complete, with more trail added each year. The MCCT is also one of twenty seven official California State Parks trail corridors that form a statewide trail system linking mountain, valley and coastal communities to recreational, cultural and natural resources throughout the state.

hiking
3 months ago

There is not much to see here. There is water but is not accessible. There were a lot of blackberries on the trail. There were some wild flowers.
You must have a permit. Luckily we got internet signal near the parking lot and were able to get the permit online.
I see other reviewers suggesting that it was beautiful. I am guessing that we went during the wrong time when it was too dry. I wouldn't go there again.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail! Hiked it while carrying a baby so it's a nice steady trail for any level of hiker, beautiful views.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

view http://www.mc2ct.org for more information about the entire 300+ trail, including trail connected to James Bar Trail.