Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry Branch

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Stanislaus National Forest

Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry Branch is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 528 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

partially paved

rails trails

Great for a family hike with wide trails and beautiful views with the river along the trail. A bit muddy around some parts but regular runners were fine for the conditions.

hiking
4 days ago

Easy ramble with great views of the river and a sun drenched meadow towards the end of the hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Great, wide trail with views of the river nearly the entire way. My 2.5 year old did amazing and had a blast.

A beautiful, easy hike. I love hearing the sound of water and on this trail you hear it nearly the whole time. Mostly shaded so definitely nice on a hot, sunny day. Not too many flowers left at this time of year, but we did see a few.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice, easy trail for hiking & mountain biking along scenic river. Parking lot was open and not too crowded this past weekend.

hiking
11 days ago

Great little hike for a family. Wide path and lots of shade.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Nice easy trail my 5 and 8 year old did fine the whole way there and back, so did my teacup yorkie. There was a few big groups today, but lots of places to travel down toward the river to rest. Saw a few fishermen out who caught some trout but we didn’t have any luck. Definitely recommend.

Definitely an easy trail, but quite beautiful and lush. Some mud due to snowmelt (at the top) and with recent rains. But not as bad as I might have guessed. The Stanislaus is flowing well and adds to the attractiveness. Wide trails- great for social distancing, but only saw 3 or 4 other groups on the trail on the weekday hike.

hiking
closed
off trail
snow
4 months ago

i cant fairly rate this trail because i walked it when there was a foot of snow on the ground, wont be doing that again, but i definitely want to go back during summer cuz there were lots of spots along the river that looked like a good place for a swim! also, the road to the actual trail head was closed and gated, so we started at the other end, from old strawberry road, no definitive trail head there, but we found it eventually.

hiking
6 months ago

Apple maps got me there perfectly, taking a left on Fraser Flat from 108 east, down a winding road and parked right before the bridge. Some fishermen I met while parking suggested crossing the bridge on foot am taking the first footpath on the right. It was perfect for me as I was looking for a lazy easy hike with my dog. It followed the river for about a mile and a half, and passed many lovely areas along the river that would make a great place for a dip or a picnic. Then it went uphill to a gravel road near heli pad and elevated water thingie, beautiful scenery from up there but less of a wilderness vibe. Still, a very serene shady walk along the river, with glorious autumn foliage in early Nov.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail and shaded most of the way.

hiking
9 months ago

good trail

hiking
11 months ago

Nothing too spectacular but it was a nice trail along the river. Perfect for my 3yr old. Lightly trafficked which was a huge plus. Nice & quiet with just the sound of rushing water & birds.

hiking
muddy
Sat May 25 2019

hiking
Fri Apr 19 2019

I somehow missed the trailhead but got on the trail at a different spot. It's a great hike along the water runoff canal with plenty of shade. It's mostly flat and there is a bridge that crosses a deep ravine. I saw a fox and a weasel. Very quiet and relaxing.

walking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Nice trail, went yesterday around noon with a 12, 11, and 7 year old and it wasn’t too crowded with people. Lots of fishermen at the start. There was a lot of animal scat on the trail. Not sure what kind of animal, but lots of big piles of poop. Kids didn’t get tired until 2/3rds done so it was the perfect length and downhill walk almost all the way back. Water views were gorgeous. I really recommend bringing a picnic lunch and leaving it in a cooler in your car. When you finish hiking, there’s some nice spots right off the side of the river where you can set up a little picnic.

hiking
Fri Jun 29 2018

Great gradual trail. Downhill start.

hiking
Sat May 26 2018

Super easy hike with the kids!

Mon Jan 01 2018

Nice easy hike for our family of 4 and 2 dogs. Daughters, aged 7 and 4 handled it well. Beautiful scenery set alongside the river.

walking
Sat Nov 25 2017

Easy trail for all levels. Very gradual incline that follows the river the whole way. Walked with a 5 year old, an active grandma and carried a 4 month old. We took almost 3 hours round trip on this casual walk. Beautiful walk. Shady coverage for the majority of the trail.

hiking
Wed Jul 05 2017

Loved this hike! easy and peaceful. we started at 8am and barely saw any people. will be going back again! stayed shady the whole way. well groomed trail.

mountain biking
Sun Nov 06 2016

This is a beautiful and well maintained trail. Enter 23935 South Fork Road in your GPS. There is a locked pipe-gate that marks the trail head to keep motorized vehicles out with provisions to go around. Owned by Southern Pacific Industries, it is opened to the public. Horses, dogs on leashes, bikes and foot traffic permitted. Easy 5 mile out and back smooth, flat ride under a mature canopy. Only a few reminders of any railway remain. The Mi-Wuk Ranger Station in Mi-Wuk Village has information and trail guides for on all local trails. For the more adventurous, the trail does eventually continues past Lyons Reservoir to Strawberry known as the Sugar Pine West Side Railway. Google Earth it. I plan on going there next. There are rest rooms at Lyons Reservoir. The Reservoir, maintained by PG&E, is for drinking water only so no aquatic activity is permitted. Parking is restricted to the shoulder of the road but given the sparse usage, parking should not be a problem.

Mon May 16 2016

Beautiful easy walk. Right next to South Stanislaus river

Tue Apr 22 2014

Great walk not hike. Great views of river. Nothing steep. Watch out for bikes.

hiking
Sun Jul 22 2012

I hike this trail often. It's a lovely, shady slight grade up the Stanislaus River. There's frequent water access so you can cool your toes. In the summer, I access from Fraser Flat. Access from Old Strawberry Road in the winter for a beautiful snowshoe trail. This is an easy-to-moderate hike. You will have a very slight grade (former railroad track) up then down (or down then up, depending on your approach). There are no steep climbs whatsoever, though.

recorded Recording - May 31, 2:50 PM

hiking
4 days ago

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