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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
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.
rolling hills, gravle road, not much shade, lots of cows and no dogs.
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.
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:)
Cool hike. lots of cows
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.
easy nice hike.the trail is near Middle Bar bridge. veiws are awesome.
Good hike nice view of the lake.
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: https://www.ebmud.com/recreation/trail-use-permits/
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!
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.