Arnold Rim Trail

Area Status: Open

The Arnold Rim Trail (ART) is a unique trail system at mid-elevation in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. A non-motorized trail system designed for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, it connects the many wonders of public lands along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway stretch of Hwy 4 to its communities, creating a high level of access for its residents and visitors.

You’ll discover breathtaking vistas with panoramic views stretching from Mt. Diablo in the East Bay Area to snowy Mt. Lyell on the high eastern slopes of the Sierras near Yosemite, then dive down into canyons with streams coursing through the shade of older growth forests of cedar, pine, fir and oak. High rocky promontories, a magnificent waterfall, many birds and wildlife of all kinds, and a lake lie along its current completed section in the part of the Stanislaus National Forest known as the Interface.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Open Season: All year
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Arnold to the east,  Murphys to the west
Water: Only at northern access point (Logging Museum/White Pines Park); water is off during winter season
Restroom: Only at northern access point (Logging Museum/White Pines Park); restrooms closed in winter season
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


Access Points (trailheads):

The northern terminus and northern access point for the trail is the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in the community of White Pines in Arnold. The next access points from north to south are Cedar Center and Valley View Drive in Arnold and Valley View Drive and Avery Sheep Ranch Road in Avery.

The southernmost portion of the trail is the San Domingo section, starting at Forest Road 4N41Y off Avery Sheep Ranch Road and ending at the heliport on Highway 4, a half-mile west of Hathaway Pines.

For more information and directions, see the individual trailhead pages listed in the Activities section of this page.

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