Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail

Area Status: Open

This beautiful and moderately easy National Recreation Trail follows the shoreline around Pinecrest Lake, crossing the Stanislaus River, the lake's inlet, and the dam. Turn right off of Highway 108 at Pinecrest Lake Road. Hike clockwise starting from the Pinecrest Lake Marina or counterclosckwise starting from the south shore day use parking area. Dogs must be on a leash (Tuolumne County Leash Law enforced).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Update May 15, 2023: Plan for early spring (variable) conditions, snow, ice, mud, water runoff, and high, fast, cold water in creeks and rivers. 
Reservations: No reservations are needed.
Fees: No fees
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Overnight tent camping not permitted along the trail.
Water: Water available throughout the day-use area and nearby commercial center market
Restroom: Flush toilets available throughout the day-use area
Operated By: Forest Service

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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5,645 feet