Upper Natural Bridge Trail

EASY 186 reviews

Upper Natural Bridge Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vallecito, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
436 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

This majestic spot features a large creek that flows through massive caves. Bring shoes that can get wet and a sense of adventure! Bring a tube to go through the cave! There are picnic tables along the trail and at the end of the trail as well. The river is shallow and has tons of areas for crawdad catching, tadpols, fish, or to put up a hammock! This is about an hour from Manteca. Great for kids, can get crowded.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful swim and cave to explore on a hot day. Bring an intertube

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3 days ago

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10 days ago

Nice little hike down, then back up. Lots of people, we were there by 10:30 on a Saturday morning and almost didn't get a place to park. Get there as early as you can.

10 days ago

Beautiful scenery with an amazing swimming cave! Water is not too cold either. Always a great time

10 days ago

Amazing experience! Highly recommended

17 days ago

Loved this place. Took my two kids and mom Bring a dollar raft or floaty with you if you plan on swimming in the cave water is cold to say the least. Even had a bat flying around while we swam Only down fall was the garbage people left behind and the port o potty was gross. Bring water for the way back up the hill.

hiking
18 days ago

Decided to check this spot out. So glad I did. So nice. Easy trail.

hiking
23 days ago

It was fun, we got there around 3 on a Sunday and it wasn't too crowded. However, it was 100 degrees and that hike was more than I bargained for. The water was cool and felt nice but it wasn't very deep, unless you swim through the cave.
All in all it was a fun trip but very tiring.

24 days ago

was attacked by bats in the cave. Don't turn right at the fork. it is a direct passage to hell, and the beasts that lie within. For your safety, follow the trail through the poppy fields towards the Castle of Hope....Godspeed, and Good Luck....

30 days ago

Really nice place. swim through the caves

1 month ago

Beautiful hidden treasure in the foothills!!! Best advice... arrive early... it gets crowded as the day progresses (we arrived at 930 and stayed until 4!) pack plenty of water... sunscreen recommended too! and a bathing suit or something you don't mind getting wet in because the short swim through the cave is breathtaking!

1 month ago

I went here awhile ago before all the people started trashing this place. It's beautiful, so breathtaking. Especially if you haven't seen anything like it before. I was able to swim through the cave with a couple people as well, definitely try it! The waters freezing cold when you do but it's so worth it!

1 month ago

I have to agree with everyone's review about the place. It was sad to see garbage everywhere. Very crowded. Kind of like going on a ride and waiting for your raft to come to you. Pretty good hike. Bring lots of water. Especially for on the way back up.

hiking
1 month ago

We spent the afternoon there today and had a wonderful time. Carry plenty of water- the lower end of the hike is very hot. Wear sturdy, bubber-toed sandals, but don't wear flip flops! One mom was carrying her daughter (3 1/2 -4 years old) because she lost one shoe in the water.

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1 month ago

7/7/17 hike.. no shade but awesome cave and nice spot to hang out when you get to the bottom. lots of poison oak, so be aware.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice Trail for beginners. I took my three young children on it and they all did terrific. It was very busy and there is a lot of poison oak along the trail, but a very pretty hike and the creek is full of shallow pools to wade in.