The Mokelumne River Trail to Middle Bar

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The Mokelumne River Trail to Middle Bar is a 25.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valley Springs, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

25.9 miles 5912 feet Out & Back




nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers



no dogs

Traversing a remote section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT), this long but leisurely hike with a shuttle option starts out on a historic stage road through Gold Country grasslands before traversing the steep-walled, rugged confines of the lower Mokelumne canyon. A hiking permit (fee) is required from the EBMUD available online at or from the entrance kiosks at Pardee Recreation Area and Lake Camanche. There is no potable water available along the trail. The trail closes at sunset.

2 months ago

Beautiful winter hike. Lots of history if you look closely.