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

Great place for horseback riding. Fire roads, and cattle trails alongside, nice easy to moderate hills for conditioning, little traffic, no dogs, no bikes, roomy parking lot, and some of the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever seen.

2 months ago

This was not much of hike. It would be great for runners and their dogs.
Worth mentioning again, lots of dog poo on the trail!
Most of the trail was campers, screaming kids and intrusive music. Lots of people watching though some of it was more like wild kingdom.
I wont return.
I'll go walk on the side of the freeway for better views.

I would rate this trail as just okay: Nothing special. You're basically walking along a service road that takes you through cow pastures around a reservoir. Might be great for trail running but there are many cow and horse droppings on the trail. There are not many "views" as the pictures suggest. Worst part is you need a specific permit to walk this. There are many sings warning of fines without permission. I said f*$k it and went anyway bc it was a Monday afternoon. Unless you live close or intended on hiking all over this area, I would unfortunately not recommended.

Nice, safe hike. Rattlesnakes present, one crossed right in front of us on the gravel path. Mostly a gravel road through but there’s a path through the grass from the cows. Lots of cows & equestrian use. Little shade on sunny days definitely bring lots of water. $3 Permit required. Views at the overlook are very beautiful. Small creek & waterfalls. We didn’t go the whole route but instead logged 8.5 miles. Couple of steep hills, mostly rolling hills.

6 months ago

I was happily surprised with how much wildlife I saw!
a lot of this trail is next to the road. pretty heacily trafficked with people and their dogs.

Careful where you step, lots of dog droppings along the way.

I would really recommend taking the Disc Golf course. Trails not well maintained, but pretty scenery and bettet if you are looking for that hiking feel.

Heads up! Backpacking is NOT allowed on this trail. My buddy and I were out for four days camping along the trial before being stopped by the Sheriff. We avoided the fine because we had the trail pass permit that is required. Other than that... great hike! beautiful and well kept trails, pristine creeks and the like.

6 months ago

Excellent trail. Well maintained. Dogs allowed on leash. Beautiful views. Great for strollers.

8 months ago

Beautiful view of the lake. There are about 4 clean toilet facilities on this trail.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers. A brochure is available at the Visitors Center. Open year round, and an excellent, lightly used, multi-purpose trail. Double track. This is basically an out and back with loops. The actual trail is fine gravel, smooth, and well maintained. Making use of the connecting boat launches and campgrounds, adds to the mileage. Taking the hill up to the water tank offers a fast downhill. There are plenty of clean, toilet facilities (about every 1/2 mile or so, and each campground has water taps. This is an excellent family area. The actual trail head is a short distance north from the main HQ and picnic parking lot and is marked. This is a pretty location with plenty of photo opportunities.

For the more adventurous, there is an intermediate-level 9-mile out and back, single track with advanced sections, located between the Oak Knoll campground and Coyote point picnic area. Look for the small marker on the right just above Coyote Point Picnic area. The trail begins to the left of the marker.

Be advised, there is very little shade anywhere. So if riding in mid-summer, go early in the morning or late afternoon - it does get very hot in this area. Equestrian trails are also offered. Contact park headquarters for more information. Google the site for current contact numbers.

Steep clime to Patty’s point from Gwine Mine Road great views

Thursday, July 06, 2017

There is not much to see here. There is water but is not accessible. There were a lot of blackberries on the trail. There were some wild flowers.
You must have a permit. Luckily we got internet signal near the parking lot and were able to get the permit online.
I see other reviewers suggesting that it was beautiful. I am guessing that we went during the wrong time when it was too dry. I wouldn't go there again.

Good to be outside. Great this spring.

Permit required, $3, can be purchased online. EBMUD I believe.
The trail was relatively mild as far as elevation.
Lots of cows and people riding horses.

3.5 (Hiked to the Pardee overlook)

To hike the trail a daily parking permit is required. Very inexpensive ($3 for the day, $20 for the year?)

The trail itself is wide, mix of gravel and dirt. The trees are spread apart. Not too shady so if hiking during a sunny day or the summer, bring a large hat, sunscreen, water!!

The hike was mildly moderate/easy from my experience and duration. Rolling hills. Small streams caused by the rain we've recently received. At the top of Pardee Overlook, great views westward toward Camanche and the valley.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Beautiful winter hike. Lots of history if you look closely.

rolling hills, gravle road, not much shade, lots of cows and no dogs.

Pretty area, nice rolling hills. Surprised to see signs saying permit from EBMUD required to park and use the trail. Lots of equestrian activity here - perhaps that's why. Nice wide gravel trail the whole way.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful trail! Hiked it while carrying a baby so it's a nice steady trail for any level of hiker, beautiful views.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

view http://www.mc2ct.org for more information about the entire 300+ trail, including trail connected to James Bar Trail.

Hiked this today with my 10 year old. We did 7.9 miles (according to my fitbit) - I think we went a little further than this exact trail. Definitely lots of areas without shade ~ but a great hike. And, as one person mentioned before, watch out for rattlesnakes. A fairly large one (about 4.5ish feet long and fat) crossed the trail directly in front of us. Otherwise, saw plenty of squirrels, a deer & birds. Oh, and for summer hikes, bring lots of water:)

Cool hike. lots of cows

Wonderful area! Lots of grazing cows. Don't bring your dog. Not dog friendly. The steams are running and nice water fall! Quiet and clean area. Watch out for all the cow and horse droppings.

easy nice hike.the trail is near Middle Bar bridge. veiws are awesome.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good hike nice view of the lake.

There is a lot to see and enjoy on this trail. I walked about 50 miles of this trail over the last six weeks. There is a wide range of difficulty on this trail. Some of it is nearly flat, other sections quite steep. Nothing technical. In the eastern-most section, there are two good access points to get to the river. Highly recommended. You MUST have a license to enter these lands. See link for details: https://www.ebmud.com/recreation/trail-use-permits/

trail running
Saturday, February 02, 2013

LOVE this trail and use it often. Beautiful views, amazing rock formations, love all the wild flowers and wild life that can be found on this trail. We have seen one bear, a lot of deer, a fox and a mountain lion. Trail head in campo seco has a histroic gold mining house still intact. Its a must do trail!

This is part of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest trail. This trail is maintained by EBMUD and is great for hiking and horseback along the hills of Pardee to the Mokelumne River. You can access the trail near Middle Bar or the Campo Seco staging area. Annually there is a wildflower hike provided by EBMUD at the James Bar entrance and is an excellent opportunity to see the native plants and animals along with obtaining some info from experts. Cation should be taken for rattle snakes and poison oak. Since this is a maintained trail a permit is required.

4 days ago

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