The Pardee Section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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The Pardee Section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valley Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
748 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

Great place for horseback riding. Fire roads, and cattle trails alongside, nice easy to moderate hills for conditioning, little traffic, no dogs, no bikes, roomy parking lot, and some of the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever seen.

5 months ago

I would rate this trail as just okay: Nothing special. You're basically walking along a service road that takes you through cow pastures around a reservoir. Might be great for trail running but there are many cow and horse droppings on the trail. There are not many "views" as the pictures suggest. Worst part is you need a specific permit to walk this. There are many sings warning of fines without permission. I said f*$k it and went anyway bc it was a Monday afternoon. Unless you live close or intended on hiking all over this area, I would unfortunately not recommended.

5 months ago

Nice, safe hike. Rattlesnakes present, one crossed right in front of us on the gravel path. Mostly a gravel road through but there’s a path through the grass from the cows. Lots of cows & equestrian use. Little shade on sunny days definitely bring lots of water. $3 Permit required. Views at the overlook are very beautiful. Small creek & waterfalls. We didn’t go the whole route but instead logged 8.5 miles. Couple of steep hills, mostly rolling hills.

8 months ago

Steep clime to Patty’s point from Gwine Mine Road great views

Friday, April 28, 2017

Good to be outside. Great this spring.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Permit required, $3, can be purchased online. EBMUD I believe.
The trail was relatively mild as far as elevation.
Lots of cows and people riding horses.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3.5 (Hiked to the Pardee overlook)

To hike the trail a daily parking permit is required. Very inexpensive ($3 for the day, $20 for the year?)

The trail itself is wide, mix of gravel and dirt. The trees are spread apart. Not too shady so if hiking during a sunny day or the summer, bring a large hat, sunscreen, water!!

The hike was mildly moderate/easy from my experience and duration. Rolling hills. Small streams caused by the rain we've recently received. At the top of Pardee Overlook, great views westward toward Camanche and the valley.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

rolling hills, gravle road, not much shade, lots of cows and no dogs.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Pretty area, nice rolling hills. Surprised to see signs saying permit from EBMUD required to park and use the trail. Lots of equestrian activity here - perhaps that's why. Nice wide gravel trail the whole way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hiked this today with my 10 year old. We did 7.9 miles (according to my fitbit) - I think we went a little further than this exact trail. Definitely lots of areas without shade ~ but a great hike. And, as one person mentioned before, watch out for rattlesnakes. A fairly large one (about 4.5ish feet long and fat) crossed the trail directly in front of us. Otherwise, saw plenty of squirrels, a deer & birds. Oh, and for summer hikes, bring lots of water:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cool hike. lots of cows

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wonderful area! Lots of grazing cows. Don't bring your dog. Not dog friendly. The steams are running and nice water fall! Quiet and clean area. Watch out for all the cow and horse droppings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

easy nice hike.the trail is near Middle Bar bridge. veiws are awesome.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good hike nice view of the lake.

Friday, February 13, 2015

There is a lot to see and enjoy on this trail. I walked about 50 miles of this trail over the last six weeks. There is a wide range of difficulty on this trail. Some of it is nearly flat, other sections quite steep. Nothing technical. In the eastern-most section, there are two good access points to get to the river. Highly recommended. You MUST have a license to enter these lands. See link for details:

trail running
Saturday, February 02, 2013

LOVE this trail and use it often. Beautiful views, amazing rock formations, love all the wild flowers and wild life that can be found on this trail. We have seen one bear, a lot of deer, a fox and a mountain lion. Trail head in campo seco has a histroic gold mining house still intact. Its a must do trail!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

This is part of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest trail. This trail is maintained by EBMUD and is great for hiking and horseback along the hills of Pardee to the Mokelumne River. You can access the trail near Middle Bar or the Campo Seco staging area. Annually there is a wildflower hike provided by EBMUD at the James Bar entrance and is an excellent opportunity to see the native plants and animals along with obtaining some info from experts. Cation should be taken for rattle snakes and poison oak. Since this is a maintained trail a permit is required.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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