Wuh-Ki'o Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Wuh-Ki'o Trail is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Auberry, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.5 miles
1,161 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking




The Wuh-ki'o Trail (Wuh-ki'o is the Dumna/Kechayi term for the San Joaquin River) starts from off the west side of the loop on the Pa'san Ridge Trail. About four miles long, it connects with Millerton Lake State Recreation Area on the Madera County side of the reservoir. The trail follows along the Although the trail is only about 4-5 miles RT you must park at the SJRG staging area, hike down across the bridge and up to the real trailhead making the total RT mileage closer to 9 miles. There is decent shade coverage but this is a trail best hiked in the fall/spring or winter because the summers are very hot and all the vegetation dries up. Reason for moderate difficulty is because of the length but the overall difficulty of the trail is low. FYI this trail is open year-round

3 months ago


I did this trail today. i should have read further into this cause it is not a 7mile hike. According to my tracker i did nearly 12 to reach any water/river where i could actually touch the water while staying on the trail. This is also not maintained very well at all. I counter 8-10 spots where a tree had fallen or the brush have over grown on the trail. It is been a while too cause you can see where others made new paths going around. I wish i knew how to update the distance on this so people have a heads up. The half way on 6.8 is just a random spot on the trail w not much to see.

mountain biking
3 months ago

lots of steps. fun but super technical on a bike. lots of hiking on the bike too

4 months ago

A decent hike through trees and grass with wildflowers. I would not do this hike in the summer, it would be much too hot. It's a very peaceful hike with a nice breeze. The trail is easy to follow but because it shares with the Pa'san Ridge Trail for a portion, there is a sign for the Pa-San Ridge Trail while the two are together but then later when they split, there aren't any trail markers. There are posts where the signs used to be. To get to the trail, follow the signs for the Wuh-ki'o Trail after the bridge and then stay left about another 1/4 mile when there is a fork again. There is a map at the parking lot that is pretty clear too.

4 months ago

Tried to find the trail twice now and failed both times. The sign pointing to the trail just takes you to the Pa San Ridge trail which is a good hike but I’ve done it four times now. There may be such a trail out there as Wu Ki Oh but it’s pretty well hidden.

7 months ago

great hike. Just don't wear jeans, not comfortable at all. take lots of water because you will be hiking up a bit. will do again

10 months ago

Did the hike at the end of October 2017, so everything was golden brown as expected. The first 1.1 miles (to the bridge) was very pleasant with some nice views of the river gorge. After the bridge, I had hoped that the trail would follow the river, but it does not. The trail headed up the hill. The turn off from the ridge trail was not marked, so be sure to bring your map and GPS. After the turn off from the "main trail," the trail was at times hard to follow and not maintained. Throughout, the trail was so high that I could not see nor hear the river at all. It was rather disappointing. Also, the end of the trail is not what is on the map, so again bring your GPS. All-in-all, not a great trail, no great views after the bridge, and not well marked nor maintained. Won't be doing this one again.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It was a difficult hike for summer because of the heat. Would like to try it again in the spring. Very hilly at the beginning. Overall tho, good hike.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Great trail. Went to Temerance Flat before turning around. Looked like it keeps going from there. Will definitely go back.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another great day hike that is relatively close to Fresno. Not too crazy on terrain and elevation gain. Sites are somewhat nice all around. I'd say a great starter trail.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great hike .. Hot

Sunday, May 22, 2016

the hike to the bridge is nice but after that it's a pretty boring hike. once you get towards the end trail isn't traveled a lot so you may have to pay a little more attention. 3 gates and around 8.5 miles later your done. good exercise trail but not something to do for fun.

Friday, May 13, 2016

This hike was very misleading. This is not as easy of a hike as it states. The trail is very poorly marked. The trail leading to the bridge was an easy hike but the trail after was brutal. It turned into an all day hike that felt like it never ended. Re-think this hike before you do it. If you feel like your lost its because you are. Turn back or you'll get really lost.

Monday, May 02, 2016

This trail is an easy one that is perfect for an early morning hike! You get to cross the river via bridge and continue on the other side. I recommend bug spray or gators for your legs and good sunscreen. There's aren't many people and you can bring your dogs!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Gorgeous early spring hike. The flowers were amazing. I would say this this was a pretty easy hike. We wished we would have brought ours dogs, we saw so many on the trail.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Beautiful spring hike with crazy wild flowers galore. Great to see the raging San Joaquin and hidden gem of a bridge...you can feel it rock as you walk across. One thing that's a bit confusing is where does the trail end? Worth every mile!!! Just go!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Go down to the river and enjoy the scene! Lots of cows, great views, beautiful weather! By far one of my favorites!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Fun little half a day hike, beautiful view from the bridge near the power plant and some nice walks through groves. Lots of people out when I hiked this trail, and you pay 5 dollars for parking so bring cash.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This was our first ever family hike. We hiked just to the Bridge ("Bridge Trail") with our 8 year old, his friend and our dog. There are parts of the trail that are quite narrow, but overall it's a great little hike. The bridge over the gorge is really neat to see and cross, nice photo ops. I'd skip this trail until cooler parts of the year though. Even it early October, we got quite warm. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Fun and easy

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wow great hike 4 month ago

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I love cliff jumping and swimming in the gorge!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hiked this trail in early March. It was beautiful - green and plenty of wildflowers. From the parking area to the river bank at the end of the trail took us about two hours, making our total hiking time around four hours. Next time we will plan to have a longer break along the bank of the river.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This one is right next to the Pa'san trail. This one is moderate and not a loop like Pa'san. It is downhill for about 4.5 miles and takes you next to River Gorge. Then you have to turn around and go back the way you came.

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