Wheats Meadow Trailhead (Spicer Dam side)

Area Status: Open

This trailhead provides access to Wheats Meadow, the western side of the Dardanelle Cones, the eastern side of Spicer Reservoir, and Sword Lake. The trail is a long one, most commonly used by backpackers and hunters.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Permit Info: The trail enters the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness in about 3 miles; a wilderness permit is required for overnight visits to the wilderness.
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Bear Valley
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From the Calaveras Ranger District head east on Highway 4 for approximately 26 miles, turn right on Spicer Reservoir road, follow Spicer Road for 10 miles to the end of the road, below the dam. Park here, walk across the bridge over the creek, and turn right onto the trail.

Accessible to all highway-legal vehicle types; native surface parking area.

Lat/Long: 38.3908, -120.0013

Elevation: 6394 feet.

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Mountain Biking

This trail enters the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness 2.9 miles from the trailhead; bicycles are not allowed in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

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