Ridgecrest Parking to Alpine Dam is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.4 miElevation gain1,407 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeViewsWaterfall
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This hike begins at the pullout on Ridgecrest Blvd and leads to Laurel Dell and Alpine Lake along the Cataract Trail. Laurel Dell is a great resting point to stop and have lunch. The way down to the lake can be steep in parts, so take extra caution when walking down the steep steps.

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June Manley
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Beka Jones
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This trail is not for the faint of heart. Getting down is fine but coming back up makes you wonder why you ever picked this trail to begin with. I had my dog with me, but wouldn’t ever take her again. If your pet pulls at all, leave them behind... it’s too steep and there’s too many stairs... she almost pulled me down as I was trying to keep my balance many times. Lots of water spots for those wanting a quick dip. Note that you cannot swim in Alpine Lake, though! Take your poles if you have them. Super helpful on the way back.

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Carolin Loose
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Great trail! It’s a stair master in nature!! Straight down and then back up again. Not recommended for anybody with knee issues. Wish I would have brought bikini and Picknick to stop halfway and swim. Also was missing my hiking poles.

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Natasha Marcy
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Excellent trail!

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Jesus Solorio
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A. Cary
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Carroll Yu
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Shawanda Dabbs
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Enrico Brunetta
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Shelley Hodges
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Owen Donnelley
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Tina Aliprando
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Matthias Goldhoorn
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Courtney Corsette
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John Robertson
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Dream C
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e9a daimler
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Jason Trip
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Bre Ercolino
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Joe Morgan
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Stephanie Desnoyers
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Steve Tenaglia
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