Upper Natural Bridge Trail

EASY 217 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
364 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.

2 months ago

Went on this trail two days ago. Loved the wow factor at the end which was the cave. A moderate trail all downhill on the way and all up back. Cave was beautiful and soothing. Too late in season to test out water. Would love to come again in early summer.

2 months ago

Love this trail. Second cave is much prettier!

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3 months ago

Short and sweet little trail. Took us 20 mins to hike in. Great for a picnic (there are tables).

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3 months ago

Great little hike. Pretty heavily trafficked when I went but everyone was friendly so it made for a pleasant experience. Whole bunch of little veering off trails to follow made for a great afternoon.

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3 months ago

Amazing crystal clear water, natural grotto

3 months ago

had a great time. our 3.5 year old did great

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4 months ago

The hike can be intense going back depending on what time you head back. We were in direct sunlight the whole way back which made it slightly challenging. The hike is definitely worth the views and water! Definitely planning on coming back soon! Just a little earlier in the day than we did this time ;)
OH, and water shoes are VERY important! We tried walking through the cave barefoot and the rocks are PAINFUL

hiking
4 months ago

went today Monday 8/14/2017. It took us about 55 minutes to the Cave. May take some quicker but for my 5 year old first hike. I believe we did well. I would suggest take water shoes as suggested poor to my review. I took a small ice chest nothing to heavy to carry, We loved it. The water was a bit cold. We swam thru the cave to the other side. in the middle of it, you can not touch the ground. I had my daughter take her vest. suggest take a float tube as well. a lot of rock and rough on the feet. its very slippery.

4 months ago

Steep at times, but relatively easy hike to an exciting and refreshing (read: cold) swimming hole! Great spot

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5 months ago

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

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5 months 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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Amazing experience! Highly recommended

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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....

5 months ago

Really nice place. swim through the caves

6 months 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!

6 months 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!

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