Explore the most popular fishing trails near Pinecrest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely got lost coming back down and went to the left instead of staying to the right and ended up on a very scary ledge. Just make sure you stay to the RIGHT when you head back down and look for the stacking stones. Fun hike and very rewarding at the top. Highly recommend this hike but be careful.

it was awesome! 4 hard spots especially with my dog

Definitely Not Year Round trail!! Who's managing this site. it's Snowed in in the winter.

hiking
14 days ago

This hike is gorgeous, but the reviews and distance on here are a tad misleading. We started at the trailhead parking lot which is 1/4 mile from the general store. From the general store it is around 1.5 miles to the actual trailhead past the campground. From the trailhead it is around 7.5 miles to Kennedy Lake. Round trip to the lake from the trailhead parking lot was a little over 18 miles.
As far as terrain, around mile 2 there is some steep hiking (not too bad) but after that it levels out. It is mostly sand you’re walking on past that point due to the horses breaking down the trail. The last few miles are through meadows so there is some wetland you’re walking through. As you approach the old log cabin the trail forks; I recommend going left if you’re going to the lake and not the camp area. The trail is a little dryer and easier to follow to the lake. If you’re setting up camp then go right and you’ll see all the tents (you must cross the creek to get to camp, but you do not have to if you’re going to the lake). Also, there isn’t much shade next to the lake unless you walk around the the far side.
All in all a gorgeous hike, but it’s quite a long hike for just a day. Recommend bringing a filter for the water, it’s nice and cold and refreshing! Would be a beautiful place to camp and spend the weekend, can’t beat the views!

Great trail and very rewarding swimming hole at the end of the trail

hiking
18 days ago

Really fun hike the last 15 min is climbing up rocks

Not going to lie.. thankful to the hikers that made the stone trail markers climb up was hard but doable.. you’ll feel proud after! Beautiful waterfalls and areas to soak your feet and relax

Really cool hike it's a little hard to follow the path. But they have blue arrows directing you for the most part! Really pretty views along the trail

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is gorgeous! I’ve hiked around Pinecrest several times and always wanted to hike back in. The water was really moving today, and we could hear the waterfall from pretty far away. Be prepared to scale some large boulders. We saw one small ran snake, but I’m sure there were others hidden in the rocks and plants so watch your toes! The trail can be hard to find at times. Keep an eye out for blue spray painted arrows, piled rocks, and occasionally arrows that look like they were done with crayon! If all else fails, follow the water up! A lot of dogs were on the way back, but once we scrambled up the rocks a lot stopped at the bottom. It’d be very difficult for them and young kids/elderly.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike but more than moderate in difficulty in places, especially in the uphill portion to Cleo's Bath. The trail is not well mark in place that resulted in a number of side tours for us and other hiking at the time. The last stretch to the top of the falls can be outright dangerous if you take the almost vertical route.

Moderate scrambling, but fun for the whole family ! The pools are awesome and if you don’t mind cold water take a swim!

beautiful - hike by Pinecrest Lake, Stanislaus River, forested area, waterfalls and Cleo's Bath at top. the rock scrambling is rigorous in one spot.

Great hike. Loved that there was actual climbing required to get there. Not too hard to do, I saw dogs and children as young as 7 doing it. The best part is having a nice cold bath waiting for you at the end, with some great views of Pinecrest Lake.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike! Have done it multiple times. Definitely some good climbing. Did this with my 7 and 4 year old. It was tough but they made it up and down

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike, but lots of hikers on the main trail around the lake. A word of caution: the end of this trail requires bouldering several hundred feet up...a challenge for humans and an even bigger challenge for dogs!

hiking
6 months ago

Make sure you take the other way back around the side of the lake that you didn’t head out on. The side with the dam is amazing and offers more of a challenge than the side with the majority of houses. Just completed this hike in Dec and the weather was fantastic, minimal snow pack.

backpacking
8 months ago

Not really sure why this says 10 miles, the map that I have marks it a little over 6 miles to the lake.
This was definitely a beautiful adventure! My friend and I chose this trail for our first backpacking trip and besides us not being correctly prepared, this was the perfect choice!
We started at 1030 and didn't make camp till 1700! Those backpacks really slow you down! The last mile, we walked through ankle deep mud and thought it was never going to end! Luckily, we made it, made camp, froze, and ended up having to share a tent. Thank goodness we brought emergency blankets haha.
Because of a miserable night of sleep/freezing, we cut our trip short and headed back at 0900 and made it to the car at 1500. We found a much easier way back through the marsh, just hike higher up, farther away from the water. ALSO, the ground was pretty frozen, so that definitely helped.
It was an amazing experience and am currently on the hunt for a better, warmer sleeping bag, so I can do it again soon!
Oh, the trail was pretty dead, but make sure to wear bright colors, there were lots of hunters for deer season.

trail running
9 months ago

Amazing trail. Views from the baths at sunset were spectacular. The bouldering and scrambling made the trail fun and challenging. Only ran into a couple people on the trail. Great option for seclusion in an amazing landscape once you leave the lake shore.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome once you get away from the campground!

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is NOT kid friendly (at least for our experience, ages 7 and younger) as stated above. Toward the end of the hike, it's very inclined and has a lot of large rocks that you'd have to climb in order to get to the baths. I would recommend going to the right side trail of the lake (not crossing the dam) because it's shorter and isn't as strenuous. I definitely recommend very well gripped hiking shoes for the inclined rock climbing part toward the end of the trail to the baths.

backpacking
10 months ago

prepared to get muddy in the last mile to the lake. everything else was amazing.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous views of the lake and waterfalls. Once you get to the end of the trail by Cleos Bath, it's all rock climbing until you reach the top. Good hiking shoes will be important for this. One of my hardest hikes but very rewarding once you reach the top! Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! A little tougher than expected, but if a paper pusher like me can do it so can you. Be prepared to do some rock climbing the closer you get to Cleo's Bath. Just follow the arrows, they'll guide you.

Such a good hike and the waterfalls at the end were so fun! Great place to be on hot days!

Lost my camera between Wood lake and Pine Valley trail head message me if you found it jennmurphy@sbcglobal.net

This was a great hike, the four of us range in age of 60 to 70's, it was a challenge but we worked together and made it up the wall and down and as of 8/22/17 the water was cold and two water falls running.

backpacking
10 months ago

I've hiked the relief reservoir a few times, this is definitely a step up. Hike took about 4 hours each way. Was hoping to do some afternoon scrambling but was hit with 5 hours of thunderstorms this weekend! Bring a book, deck of cards, and a waterproof tent just in case the sierras decide to give you a light show!

No mosquitos! Dropped down to mid 40's at night.

backpacking
10 months ago

One of the most beautiful and picturesque hikes of my life. Highly recommend. But if you want any semblance of solitude, do not go on a weekend. Once Sunday night hit, it was quiet again...minus the horses.

backpacking
11 months ago

Like others said, it's a casual walk for most of the way, but the last half-ish mile is more like rock climbing and scrambling up big boulders. We did it with our overnight backpacks and made it, but it would definitely be easier with day packs. There are arrows marked on the rocks to help guide you up to Cleo's bath. Do expect lots of rock scrambling/ climbing and navigating towards the end.

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