Pa'san Ridge Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

Pa'san Ridge Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Auberry, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles
1545 feet

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running









over grown


4 days ago

This is a nice trail with beautiful chaparral landscape, with lots of oaks, rocks and wildflowers. It is a good steady climb to the top, but it’s good for beginners. The walk back to the parking lot at the end feels steeper than you remember on the descent down, so just keep that in mind as you go. It’s very sun exposed on the ascent (if you go counterclockwise), so I’d go on a cool day and would probably avoid peak summer if you are sensitive to the Central California heat. I personally can’t wait to go back during tarantula season!

4 days ago

I was looking for a hike that was dog friendly and this hike was NOT it. About 2 miles into the hike we noticed that the trail was covered with foxtails and another corkscrew looking. Super brutal on my poor little pup. Main reason for my 3 star rating.

We started the hike early and I suggest everyone do the same. There is little shade once you reach the backside of the trail and it was got hot quick. We took another hikers suggestion and took the trail counterclockwise. Some great views. Challenging steep consistent incline for first 3 miles. This is a great hike if you are looking for a workout. I am happy that we completed this hike but don't think I will take up the challenge again.

19 days ago

This is a great hike. I’ve done it several times training for a longer upcoming hike and it makes for a good workout. Once you get away from the river you really don’t see many other people either so it seems nice and remote even though you aren’t far from civilization. Beautiful views of the river gorge.

26 days ago

Did this hike 4/15/18. Absolutely stunning. Great views and lots of spring flowers right now. Take the loop counter clockwise. Can't wait to go back!

1 month ago

perfect timing for this hike because of wild flowers

1 month ago

Perfect time of year to do this hike as the wild flowers are popping out everywhere.

2 months ago

Greak day hike. About 7.75 miles from the very beginning of the trail. Kicked my ass, but I’m still getting back into shape. First 3 miles is uphill with about an 800ft increase.

It took us about 2.5 hours not counting stops.

2 months ago

Hiked Pa'san yesterday and had a great time! Awesome scenery, occasional cow sighting, good amount of shady spots along the way. Go early, take a good pair of hiking shoes and have fun.

3 months ago

Great 8 mile loop.

4 months ago

Good trail. Nice views.

5 months ago

Hiked it yesterday and was surprised to still see so many tarantulas out. Also lots of free range cattle out and about. They mostly ran when they heard us. The trial itself was moderate and took us about 2.5 hours after passing the bridge.

6 months ago

Great morning hike and close to Fresno/Clovis.

6 months ago

Great trail for horse/mule. Just rode 13 Nov 2017 and cleared fallen trees on trail. Open and ready to ride.

6 months ago

Nice trail close to Fresno were you can bring your dogs. The wildflowers are nice in the spring.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Two trees down across the trail.

8 months ago

This is a great hike to do early in the year while it's still cool and when the greenery and wildflowers start popping up. I've done it counterclockwise but while we were doing it, we were thinking clockwise would have been better.

9 months ago

Decent trail with views of the surrounding mountains and the river gorge. Light vegetation, mostly dry grass and oak trees. The only wildlife we encountered were the numerous lizards on the trail, the occasional hawk, and fish in the river. The fish were actually pretty damn big. Lightly trafficked at the time, and the whole loop can be done in 3-4 hours at a good pace.

11 months ago

long trail with some scenery. wild cattle and beautiful spring flowers. most definitely an all day thing.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hiked early in the morning & glad I did! As I was leaving multiple groups were starting the trail.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Definitely longer than 7.6 miles. I would recommend going clockwise.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trail seems a bit longer than posted with the 2.2 to the gorge . Trail was busy today lots of mountain bikes the trail is pretty good bring plenty of water and enjoy the scenery.

Monday, April 24, 2017

If your planning to do thePa'san trail in the San Joaquin Gorge be prepared and take either extra water or water purifying tablets. You may encounter some nice streams to replenish you water supply. We took our kids ages ranging from 11 to 9 years and they managed the trail just fine. Since this was the first hike of the year we were a bit out of shape but very glad we did it. Great scenery and the weather was excellent. Start early so you don't catch the afternoon heat. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Today this hike was assume! Cool temps and an abundance of wildflowers made it a wonderful hike.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Great trail, perfect in spring time. We attempted to do this in the summer time and it was way too hot, but in the spring everything is green, wild flowers are blooming, it's nice and cool (at least this year). Each time we started, we walked down the road that leads to the power plant and there is a sign leading you to the trail to the bridge, this knocks off a couple miles I believe because for us it was just over 7 miles, but going back up the road is a little tough. There is a covered group picnic type area, with a metal building and porta potties, and a small patch to park adjacent to that. We will do it again.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Excellent trail! Agree with prior review - distance is more like 8-9 miles at least instead of the 7.6 miles posted here. Please be aware. Also would like to add - DO NOT DO THIS TRAIL IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TIME. I recently finished a hike at 743 pm (sun set time 717 pm - but you know there is light even after that). I was stopped in track as there was a herd of cow/cattle ahead probably wild and they were staring at me (had calves also). I waited but they were looking at me. Finally I made some noise and made them move away but as I moved ahead happy that I can move on I saw a large Mountain Lion (120-150 pounds) behind the herd likely after the calves. I was scared and scampering to find a stick as I had nothing in my hands - just a water bottle and phone. I didn't have to face it but I made a decision I am not going to hike this trail alone and never close to dusk time. I couldn't believe as I had heard they are rare etc. but apparently they come out at dusk and that's why they are rare. Also 2 years ago there was one who even came into Woodward park.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I see a lot of variation in distances posted for this trail. I think this is a 9.8 mile hike. From the parking area to the bridge is 2.2, out and back. Once you cross the bridge and get to the trail head, Pa'san Ridge Trail, it's a 7.6 mile loop. I would recommend going as early in the year as possible to enjoy cooler weather. We hiked counter clockwise, which I would recommend. Lots of people on the trail, hiking, biking, on horseback, and lots of dogs.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Pretty basic hike but for January, it was great. The hike from the lot to the gorge was mostly downhill till you cross the bridge. We took the counterclockwise route which climbs gradually for a couple miles. Because the trail winds in different directions throughout the hills you get different views of the surrounding hills and peaks off in the distance. The downhill trail was a similar distance to the uphill but seemed steeper in places. We attacked the trail at a very casual pace and managed to make it back to the lot in four hours. Not sure of the moderate rating, I’d probably lean a little more towards easy, however, if you consider the distance then I suppose the moderate rating could be justified. The trail was very busy this day…lots of mountain bikes...all of which were going clockwise.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, November 21, 2016

The river was beautiful! It took us about 4 hours to complete the hike and we would definitely do it again. Great if you just want to get out for a few hours and it was a good mix of incline and coasting.

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