West Side Railroad Trail to the Tuolumne North Fork

MODERATE 46 reviews

West Side Railroad Trail to the Tuolumne North Fork is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tuolumne, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1676 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

This is a perfect hike geared towards anyone in any skill level. You casually stroll along a flat surface winding around the mountainside wandering the same trail that years ago had rails used for logging until the trail became to narrow for a train. Most of the rails are pulled up so even biking is possible. Keep in mind there are occasional ruts though. Butterflies and picturesque views afford anyone a good time. You can have dogs on the trail with you.

6 hours ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good place with a pretty view of the canyon. I use this trail to run for it's pretty flat and not super busy. Easy to find and always has parking.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very cool hidden gem. I went at 7:15 am on a very hot June day with my 2 year old Pit. We did 3.5 miles round trip. Very cool to walk along the old railroad tracks. Nice picnic tables along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Easily found trail and really doable for all ages. My 11 year old and I did just about 3 miles in and then back. Positives - mild terrain, a couple of shaded picnic benches along the way, pretty views of mountains and mostly clear trail. Not so positive - not much shade on a hot day (best in cooler weather - we baked as there wasn't much shade at all), other than the mountains it's a little boring this time of year (probably much prettier in early spring), fairly overgrown just after 3 miles in (was worried about snakes this time of year so we turned back - saw one rattlesnake about 2 miles in, it was on its way into the brush...). Might do it again in cooler weather since it's not far. Several others out there today but definitely not crowded.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, did a little over two miles in then back with family. Mostly flat, easy trail. Awesome views overlooking river, lots of flowers to see and picnic benches along the way to enjoy scenic spots.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Loved it!! Lived here for many years and never knew about this trail!! Was awesome and the flowers and scenery are beautiful!!

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Great views and the wildflowers were amazing. Will be back :)

walking
3 months ago

Was looking for a trail do you post op. Very flat but with amazing views. Picnic tables dotted throughout the trail. Even posts about the history. Today we charted 13 different wild flowers that were in bloom. The bush lupine is amazing right now. Definitely keeping this as I go to.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning scenery, cool old railroad tracks...very pup-friendly trail!!

walking
4 months ago

Started out at 10:00 am this morning and hiked to mile marker 6/1. We crossed a couple of streams along the way and saw many wildflowers in bloom. On our last mile back we did come across a 4ft rattlesnake on the trail. He was not aggressive nor did he "rattle" but do be aware they are around.

4 months ago

4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Great trail for any age
Beautiful scenery of wild flowers
And close to home

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Super easy trail and amazing views!