Stanislaus River Trail From Knights Ferry

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Stanislaus River Trail From Knights Ferry is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakdale, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

11 days ago

Gorgeous scenery! River is a tad cold, but sure cooled me off.

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1 month ago

There are a couple of trail options, when you come. You can stay on the old, dirt road and have a nice hilly walk, or you can meander along the trails closer to the riverbank for a better work out. Nearer the river, there are large rocks and boulders that need to be navigated around. We went early in the morning, but it was hot by 1030. Saw a lot of ground squirrels, a few rabbits, lizards, snakes (no rattles), hawks and turkey vultures. The river was lovely. Dogs can come on a leash. The National Parks annual pass was valid at this site.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Had a blast here !!!

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2 months ago

My family and I really enjoyed it. We hiked back a bit and we were able to go swimming in the river. Our dogs really enjoyed it also!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Perfect for rock climbers and cliff jumpers. Water is crystal clear but always soooo cold! Love this place

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice short trail with great looks at the river. Pretty good traffic, dogs are allowed to come as well. Picnic area for family outings if you want to set it up. Parking was a little tough to spot as I got there around 10 AM.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

Bridge was nice, it's right near the parking lot. The trail itself becomes very narrow after the first half mile and isn't the best for running. You also have to hop over a barbed wire fence at one point.

hiking
4 months ago

Great, fairly well-maintained trail for hiking. There is a mild change in elevation and quite a bit of rocks but nothing too difficult. It's $5 to park (otherwise free if you have a national park pass or anything similar to that). Very dog friendly. We brought brought dog booties just in case :) but our dog didn't need them and she enjoyed the hike.

Watch out for beer bottles and broken glass along parts of the trail.

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4 months ago

It's a nice trail but has tons of small rocks that are the perfect size for rolling ankles. Good ankle support is a must. Not too far off the beaten path if you want a quick hike. There's a handful of lookout points for the river.