Looking for a great trail near Arnold, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Calaveras Big Trees State Park or Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Arnold ranging from 3.1 to 19.2 miles and from 3,891 to 8,736 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bugs
4 days ago

I started my hike at 6:30AM on a Friday. It was perfect because I had the hike all to myself until the last mile back to my car. I would highly recommend this trail. I would suggest to bring insect repellent spray or spray it on yourself before hiking. There were a ton of mosquitoes. Other than that, I loved this hike! The trees are huge! A must see!

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views. if you're looking for the falls take the trail to San Antonio creek not the falls overlook.

hiking
9 days ago

Arnold Rim Trail (ART) is a fantastic trail! The first approx. three quarters of a mile is a wide paved path, feeling more like a nature walk. Then it becomes a dirt trail that is relatively easy for 2-2.5 miles and the end is solidly moderate with steeper grades (both up and down). Beautiful changing scenery! We went over a holiday weekend and came across hikers and cyclists pretty consistently but even then it never felt crowded. Bring your dog! Saw many happy dogs both on leash and off. A few PSAs: -It is more like 8-8.4 mi out and back vs. 7.4 mi in the AllTrails description. (There are a few trail options so you could spend much longer hiking around as well.) -Don’t start at the Valley View Rd in the “getting there” description. This isn’t the ART trailhead but instead the P9 access trail that connects to ART which looks to be just as long as ART and would make it a ~16mi hike. I suggest starting at the Sierra Logging Museum - there are parking areas and a well marked trail head. -The trail is well marked for 3-3.5 miles with “ART” markers (stick to the main ART trails rather than equestrian ones). After that it’s not. The AllTrails map here will take you to the bottom of San Antonio (SA) Creek at the sharp hairpin turn. On the trail, it will tell you to keep going straight for ART. If you want to make it to the top then go straight to follow ART and then lookout for signs for “SA falls overlook” - typically the higher up trail. There are a few smaller trails that look like they take you down to the creek which are more steep. Any and all of these trails are great, just be aware which you are on and where you are going! -The top is very high and rocky so if you’re not comfortable with heights consider taking the SA creek trail to the bottom instead. If you are fine with heights then go to the top! Views are amazing.

Rosie (my 1 and a half year old German shepherd) and I had a blast. We went through 4 water bottles for Rosie on a cooler day. We detoured to the top of the world for an added challenge and the views were worth it. Cougar Rock was also stunning. All and all a great hike and perfect day.

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muddy
snow
10 days ago

The good news: the trail is open. The bad news: there is still snow pack that’s melting, so prepare for muddy spots, standing water/puddles, and some mounds of snow. I got high-centered halfway to the first way point, and needed to get pulled out.

Excellent trail for a group with kids. Stop at the creek and soak your feet on your way back to the car.

Gorgeous trail... hit it early! Total ZEN amongst the BIGest trees.

Easy trail great for kids. Took the Ranger lead hike to learn more interesting facts about the trees.

Really enjoyed the trail! Brought lunch and ate along the rushing river! Very Awesome! I need to bring the Jeep next time.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail, maintained very well. As you approach the top of the waterfall you’ll see tens of thousands ladybugs, I went in June and creek was flowing quite well.

hiking
over grown
16 days ago

Amazing trail once you actually find where it’s supposed to start! The “directions” function of this app takes you to the wrong side of the river. When I looked at the satellite view of the map it showed the trail starting on the other side. Either way, the actual trail was beautiful and a 4x4 Jeep road! Saw about 40 jeeps rock crawling through the road which was very cool!

My family and I hiked this today, definitely enjoyable. The temperature was just right, not to hot or cold. Saw an amazing ladybug swarm next to San Antonio Creek, got to see the falls up close, spent a wonderful time with the family, the dogs did wonderful, everyone we meet on the trail was nice and enjoying themselves as well. The only thing we'll do better next time is bring more water!

hiking
1 month ago

WOW!! Did this one yesterday.. 6-14-19 started at 7:30 ended at 12:30 we had lunch at the peak and took in the sound of the water falls.. so beautiful

Well maintained trail, easy slopes. Trekking poles are minimally helpful, maybe more of a hassle on this trail.

on Calaveras South Grove Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, reminds me of hiking in Washington State. And although the trail is clearly marked, there is a point towards the end where there is a fork. Apparently, we found out later, at the fork you choose between the waterfall and the top. The sign at that fork is very misleading. The left, which apparently goes to the top, says “Falls overlook”, which gives off the impression that it is the falls. I think this is where people get confused. We had our 5 kids with us, and it was hot. We took the right trail, thinking that was the top. In the end, we didn’t see the falls OR the top. We were already pushing a 10 mile hike and spent a good hour trying to figure it out that dang fork. We were all really frustrated at the misleading sign. Also, THIS trail map (on all trails) goes to the falls! Based on the description and reviews, we thought it was going to the top! All in all, it was a really frustrating experience. Give me a few days to recover and I’m sure we’ll go back at some point. Maybe without the kiddos.

on Arnold Rim Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We accessed the ART via Valley View Drive and took P9 all the way to Cougar Rock and Top of the Mountain, and took P8 back. Beautiful views and well-marked trails. Highly recommended! Keep in mind that you’ll cross the stream about three times on P8. The logs were a bit wobbly, so I walked right through the stream — it wasn’t deep but be careful. Great trail for the pups as well!

You just can’t go wrong walking through redwoods and amongst rivers and streams. So peaceful and the sequoias are awe inspiring no matter how many times you see them.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Trail appears to be a former or current 4WD road. Follows the river and cuts through a lush grove of cedar, oak and pine with beautiful sounds and views of the river throughout. Quiet with very low traffic. Caught a butterfly bloom today.. just perfect.

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washed out
1 month ago

Absolutely fell in love!! Many different hikes for different levels. I love the history here and the fact it wasn't over crowded. $10 for a day pass.

I had a blast! I met a really nice couple! The hike was very peaceful!

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