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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andresen Mine Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Arnot Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle but trail may not be clear.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Up to eight feet of snow, may not open until mid to late June.
Baker Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Beardsley Dam Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Beardsley Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This day-use area is currently open. Lake level is nearly full!!
Beardsley Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Beardsley Dam Road (5N02) is OPEN. Lake level is nearly full, and expected to be full this spring/summer. 5/24/2016
Bell Meadow Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Not accessible from Summit RD side on Crabtree Rd (4N26). Currently attempting to remove snow from the Crabtree Rd near Aspen Meadows Pack Station and from Crabtree Trailhead. Tentatively plan to open Crabtree Rd by Friday the 27th at noon. Unsure of the conditions of the site
Bennet Juniper Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Eagle Meadow Road into the site is currently closed due to snow. Waiting for the snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4))- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Open for Memorial Day Holiday - Sites will be closed due to Hazard Trees.
Big Meadow Group Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Some sites may be closed due to Hazard Trees, No Water.
Black Springs OHV Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Although the recreation area is open, be aware that snow and ice will linger until mid to late June.
Bloomfield Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. up to eight feet of snow, may not open until mid to late June.
Boulder Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Scheduled to to open Friday the 27th at noon
Bower Cave Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No permit required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Carlon Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Cascade Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Motorboats not recommended due to low water level. Gate across spillway and dam open April 15 to December 15.
Cherry Valley Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed - tentatively opening on May 27. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Chickaree Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Although the area is open, be aware that snow and ice will linger until mid to late June.
China Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This day-use area is currently open.
Clark Fork Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN and on first-come, first-serve basis.  A-Loop is open, B-Loop is currently closed (5.11.2016).
Clark Fork Horse Camp Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Clark Fork Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Columns of the Giants Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are OPEN.
Cottonwood Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Day-Use Area is accessible by vehicle but may not be cleared.
County Line Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Coyote Meadows Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Herring Creek Road due to snow.
Crabtree Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Crabtree Road due to snow.
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Crabtree Road is currently closed to all wheeled and tracked vehicles.
Crandall / Deer Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Dardanelle Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is scheduled to open Friday the 27th at noon.
Deadman Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Dimond O Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Disaster Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Donnell Reservoir Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Roads accessing Donnell Reservoir is OPEN
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are OPEN.
Eagle Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Horse Campground is currently closed. Waiting for snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Rd...
Eureka Valley Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Fence Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is OPEN. This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Fraser Flat Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Fraser Flat Fishing Pier Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Gianelli Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Crabtree Road due to snow.
Gooseberry Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Gate into Gooseberry Road is currently closed to wheeled and tracked vehicles.
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Hermit Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Bring drinking and washing water. Campground scheduled to open May 27.
Herring Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Herring Creek Road...
Herring Reservoir Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for the snow to melt along Herring Creek Road...
Highland Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Not accessible due to snow.
Highway 108 Sno-Park Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Sno-Park facilities are open. Highway 108 gate at Sno-Park is OPEN.
Hull Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Hull Creek / Trout Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Hunter Creek Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). OHV, ATV, Motorcycle trails. Limited use. Restricted to N.F.T.S. roads. For more information and other OHV riding opportunities on Forest Service lands, please visit the California State Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
Indian Creek Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Kennedy Meadows Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is OPEN but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Kerrick Horsecamp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Not accessible from Summit RD side on Crabtree Rd (4N26). Currently attempting to remove snow from the Crabtree Rd near Aspen Meadows Pack Station and from Crabtree Trailhead. Tentatively plan to open Crabtree Rd by Friday the 27th at noon Accessible from the Miwok RD on (4N25).
Lake Alpine Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Open for Memorial Day Holiday - snow and ice may linger until mid June.
Lake Alpine Recreation Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Although the recreation area is open, be aware that snow and ice will linger until mid to late June. This area consists of Lake Alpine, Silvertip, Pine Martin, Silver Valley, Backpackers walk-in, and Lodgepole Overflow. This area is first-come, first-serve. Caltrans may close the gate due to weather at anytime. Please check Caltrans website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi.
Little Golden Forest Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Up to eight feet of snow, may not open until mid to late June
Lodgepole Overflow Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Up to eight feet of snow, may not open until mid to late June
Lost Claim Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Lumsden Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lumsden Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Open. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Lyons Reservoir (PG&E) Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)-Managed by PG&E.
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- Although the recreation area is open, be aware that snow and ice will linger until mid to late June.
Meadowview Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is partially open, some loops remain closed.
Middle Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
Mill Creek Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Mosquito Lakes Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Not accessible due to snow.
Niagara Creek Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
Niagara OHV Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for snow to melt along Eagle Meadows Road...
North Fork Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Not accessible due to snow.
Pigeon Flat Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Pine Marten Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.Not accessible due to snow.
Pine Valley Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Campground is currently closed. Waiting for snow to melt along Crabtree Road...
Pinecrest Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN on first-come, first serve until Friday May 6. Reservations begin Friday May 6.
Pinecrest Lake Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round. Lake is full. 5/24/2016
Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail can be hiked year-round.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. No fees or water from October 4, 2015 to Spring 2016. Reservation can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Available for reservations during the spring and summer months. Until May 29, 2016, camping in Pioneer Campground is free. The vault toilet is open and maintained for campers to use, but no water or trash services will be available. Please pack-out your trash, thank you.
Preston Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. No alcoholic beverages or overnight camping. No garbage service – pack it in, pack it out.
Rim of the World Vista Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) - Open.
River Ranch Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). Reservations can be made at 209-928-3708.
Riverside Day Use Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Bar Flat Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)
Sand Flat Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is scheduled to to open Friday the 27th at noon. The campground is first-come, first-serve.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.
Seven Pines Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is accessible by vehicle. Trail is OPEN but obstacles may exist on the trail.
Shadow of the Me-Wuk Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year-round.
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Campground scheduled to open May 27.
Silvertip Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. snow and ice may linger until mid June
Sonora Pass Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  - Highway closed to Sonora Pass Trailhead.  Not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 closed at Kennedy Meadows. 5/24/2016
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Closed due to Rim Fire damages.
Spicer Reservoir Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-
Spicer Reservoir Area Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- No snow, the road is being plowed.
Spicer Reservoir and Spicer Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)-Open for Memorial Day Holiday (Please call (209) 296-8895 for information and to make reservations).
St. Marys Pass Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Highway 108 closed at Kennedy Meadows. 5/24/2016
Stanislaus River Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. No Water available.
Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry to Fraser Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail and Trailhead are currently OPEN.
Summit Ranger Station Open to Visitor
Sweetwater Campground Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Open. NO WATER AVAILABLE. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
TeleLi puLaya (Black Oak) Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This campground is OPEN
Trail of the Gargoyles Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Trail of the Survivors Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - OPEN year round.
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- No public motorized access from December 16 to April 14 due to seasonal road closures.
Tuolumne River Canyon Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- A free, mandatory permit is required to float between Cherry Creek and Merals Pool and from Merals Pool to Ward's Ferry from May 1 to October 15. Permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger Station during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm).
Utica/Union Reservoirs Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve. Sites may be closed, due to Hazard Trees.
Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)- This campground is first-come, first-serve.  Sites may be closed, due to Hazard Trees, No Water. Campground back loop (campsites 26-52) will temporarily be closed on July 7-10 and July 14-17.
Waterhouse Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - This Trailhead is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Road closed to wheeled vehicles at Highway 108 and Herring Creek Road due to snow. 5/24/2016
West Side Railroad Grade Open to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). NO DRINKING WATER availible after parking area. Closed to motorized vehicles. Excellent spring wildflowers but hot temperatures. Bring extra drinking water.
Wheats Meadow Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trailhead is accessible by vehicle but obstacles may exist on the trail.

Spotlights

North Fork Stanislaus River

The North Fork Stanislaus River provides outstanding opportunities for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. Boaters may paddle a five-mile, Class IV stretch of the river between Sourgrass, near Dorrington, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just east of Arnold. The run offers an exciting adventure through a spectacularly beautiful, heavily timbered, isolated canyon, with abundant wildlife and numerous Native American and Gold Rush era artifacts. Rafting trips may be taken with one of three commercial outfitters currently licensed to run this river (highly recommended, due to the demanding and technical nature of the river) or, you may organize a private trip. Whichever way you go, please be sure to "Leave No Trace" of your visit to the North Fork, so that future users will find it as beautiful and pristine as you did.

Fire Danger Level: Low
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