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Stockton Creek Preserve Loop is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 501 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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The Stockton Creek Preserve surrounds The Stockton Creek Reservoir, provides immediate watershed protection for the town’s primary domestic water resource. The Mariposa County High School track team has been training on the property for years and they can now do so freely as the Preserve is open to the public. Visitors, residents, and students can enjoy a hike just on the edge of town on the network of trails on the preserve. The preserve includes a trail easement donated by the Fischer Family through their adjacent property so that the publicly accessible trails now extend from just above the MCHS to Hwy 140.

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Recordings (68)
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Brittany Heller
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Hiking

Not much shade, when we went it was extremely hot and there was a lot of poison oak. But the first time we crossed the stream we got to see some pretty cool fish and tadpoles. But it was extremely beautiful. Also the trail was not marked very well and there was no parking near the trail head.

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Daniel Cobian
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Hiking

Steep inclines/declines on this route. I would advise bringing some water. Great exercise. Water is not for swimming nor can you get close to touch.

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Maria Ramirez
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mozhdeh banafsheh
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Hiking

Nice hiking loop, could make hard a bit breathing in nit very long but some harsh upward slops but don't give up as it's not long. you can enjoy a very pleasant breeze while sweating and enjoying the calm, broken only by nice birds' chanting. I recommend this path.

Gerald McConnell
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HikingNo shade

Fun trail! Yes, there are some areas that intersect with other trails, so it’s good to have a map as a couple intersections could be confusing. We did the upper trail first, then had lunch at the reservoir, and came back on the lower trail to complete the loop. It was in the low 70s today which was great because this trail is mostly exposed. Much quicker on the way back because the lower trail is flat, and was more of a relaxing walk. No real overgrowth. We frequently saw poison oak so be aware. Very good all around hike!

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Chad Humpal
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Hiking

I had a GREAT time hiking historic Mariposa via the Stockton Creek Reservoir Trail and the Old Highway! 4 1/2 miles, 2 hours, 650 feet elevation gain, a reservoir, a historic town, not a single soul on the reservoir trail, and no rattlesnakes! Whew!

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Cassie Kelly
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Hiking

This was a fun trail . Super open all the way to the bridge . Just across the water through the gate a little longer and then you have to cut left through semi overgrown brush . Since there are rattle snakes we were a bit sketched on the high brush in a few areas . Overall super fun and nice workout . It did seem longer than 3.1 miles . We logged 4.7 on iPhone and followed the exact map. Took about 1 hour 45 mins . Also poison oak around but avoidable.

Carey Berend
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Hiking

This was a really fun day hike. No one was on the trail so it was very peaceful. We took the lower loop to the lake. This part of the trail is a dirt road so is easy to hike on. We sat by the lake for 30 minutes and saw a couple herons looking for fish on the shore. There were no bugs and it was so quiet and peaceful. We took the upper trail back. There were a couple forks that both looked like they could be the trail so it was a little confusing. The upper trail was a harder hike but still moderate. We did run into a rattlesnake on this part of the trail about four feet off the trail in a manzanita bush. He warned us with a rattle but wasn’t coiled so we quickly went by. This trail is a lot of fun and well worth a try. We will go back in the fall. Gave it for stars only because it could be a little better marked.

João Paulo Marcolino Moreira
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

Nice and easy trail fun place to take your dog for a walk

Aaron Tracht
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HikingBridge out
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Jonathan Gerrish
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Hiking

Short loop at the northern end of Stockton Creek Reservoir. Starts from the 140 trailhead, up to Slaughterhouse Road, across the dam and back along the waterside trail.

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Jawad Sultan
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HikingNo shadePrivate propertyRocky
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Katie Zander
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HikingOver grown

Great dog-friendly trail. Lots of uncovered areas; be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your furry friend! Watch out for the plethora of stickers too; we always end up covered in them.

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Elizabeth K.
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The poison oak and bugs are insane! It is prime rattlesnake country, and not a lot of shade. I would do this again, just probably not until the spring for the wildflowers and cooler temps.

Jessica Morris
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Poison oak everywhere. only found out half way into the walk. if you take the hard route the trail is single track over grown. Not worth the risk.

Dusty Ventura
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Hiking

A lot of wildflowers and butterflies today.

Dana Doty
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cute little trail, do the "hard" route for great scenery of the local Mariposa valley and to get a little workout or recovery trail from the big hikes.

Casey Hancock
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HikingOver grown
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Grant Walsh
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Took the difficult version today in April. Wild flowers popping off and great viewsj . The easy trail is just a fire road, average but peaceful.

Derek Gray
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Hiking

Scattered wildflowers. Rapids/small waterfall but hard to access alongside stream. Nice hike overall, beautiful conditions.

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Dusty Ventura
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Very few wildflowers.

James Evelyn
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Near home, nice go to trail.

Joshua Oliver
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Hiking

Good trail fun for the kids Was a little hard to follow on some spots but GPS helped keep us on track.

Chad Humpal
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Hiking

I had a GREAT time hiking the new Stockton Creek Preserve Trail in Mariposa! 4 miles, 2 hours, 600 feet elevation gain, a reservoir, a waterfall, birds, and no other hikers!

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