Mokelumne River to Deer Creek via Hermit Valley Trailhead

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Stanislaus National Forest

Mokelumne River to Deer Creek via Hermit Valley Trailhead is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 587 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Great hike starting at the trail head in Hermit Valley going down the Mokelumne River until it meets Deer Creek. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The hike down to Deer Creek is downhill the entire time so be prepared to be walking uphill on the way back. There are many camping spots in the area where Mokelumne River and Deer Creek merge.

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7 days ago

Went over Memorial Day while camping at Hermit Valley. Lots of snow still - we got 1.5 miles in and had to turn around because of the snow and large puddles of water. Still gorgeous views, but be prepared to bring waterproof boots and keep an eye on the trail because of the snow coverage which can get people lost.

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely hike along the Mokelumne River. The water levels are low, but it was still more than enough for my large pup to cool off. We only saw a young family camping on the trail. Otherwise it was ours to enjoy! Fall colors are almost perfect. Watch for cairns when the trail disappears. There were plenty to keep us on track.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

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11 months ago