Recreation

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Due to COVID-19 and our desire to focus on public and employee safety, conditions may change more rapidly that we can update the information below.  For the time being, please refer to our home page for updated general forest information.  In the Forest Closure Order STF-16-2020-01, you will find what is currently closed on the Stanislaus National Forest. Thank you for your understanding.

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alpine Ranger Station Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Ranger station is closed for the season.
Andresen Mine Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Arnold Rim Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Trail is open.
Arnold Rim Trail - Avery Sheep Ranch Rd Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Trailhead is open.
Arnold Rim Trail - Logging Musuem Trailhead-Arnold Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Trailhead is open.
Arnold Rim Trail - Valley View Drive Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Trailhead is open.
Arnot Creek TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN for day use only.
Backpacker's Camp (Campground) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)� Campground is closed for winter season.
Baker Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the season. Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911
Bear Valley - Lake Alpine Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Beardsley Dam Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the season.
Beardsley Day Use Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Day use is CLOSED. Access road is severely damaged and CLOSED due to Storm Damage.
Beardsley Reservoir Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Reservoir is accessible by foot only.
Bell Meadow TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN to day use only.
Bennet Juniper Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area is CLOSED. For more site information go to Save The Redwoods League at www.savetheredwoods.org
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  Campground is closed.
Big Meadow Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Black Springs OHV Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Bloomfield Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Boulder Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Bower Cave Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Bower Cave is closed. Normally no permit is required to view the cave. Entering the cave is prohibited.
Brightman Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209-965-3474
Bull Run Lake Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Calaveras Ranger Station Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Closed due to COVID-19; reopening date unknown at this time. Regular Hours: Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed holidays.
Carlon Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Day Use Area is closed.
Carlon Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness - Highway 108 Access Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Under snow. Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness - Highway 4 Access Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Cascade Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is CLOSED for the season.
Cherry Lake Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Open
Cherry Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Closed. Normally open May through September, weather permitting.
Chickaree Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) No water, no toilet paper, no garbage service - pack it in, pack it out.
China Flat Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area is OPEN.  No other services are available.
Clark Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Clark Fork Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.
Clark Fork TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN to day use only.
Columns of the Giants Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trail and parking area are OPEN for day use only
Cottonwood Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area is OPEN.  No other services are available.
County Line TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Vehicle access road to trailhead is CLOSED.
Coyote Meadows TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Access road (Herring Creek Road #4N12) to trailhead is CLOSED by Forest Order.
Crabtree Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is currently closed for winter recreation.
Crabtree TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN for day use only.
Crandall / Deer Creek Open to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) - OHV Area is OPEN.
Dardanelle Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Deadman Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed. Contact Kennedy Meadows Resort for more information 209.965.3911
Dimond O Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)  Dimond O Campground is closed. Normally open May through September, weather permitting. Tioga Pass closed for winter.
Disaster Creek TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN for day use only.
Donnell Reservoir Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Road to Donnell Reservoir is CLOSED.
Donnell Vista Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trail and Day Use Area is OPEN.
Douglas Flat Day Use Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area is OPEN. No services are available.
Duck Lake Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Eagle Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Emigrant Wilderness Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)
Under snow. Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Emigrant-West Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Eureka Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Fence Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
Fraser Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is currently CLOSED for the season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Fraser Flat Fishing Pier Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area within Campground is CLOSED. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Gianelli TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Access road (Gianelli Rd #4N47) to trailhead is CLOSED by Forest Order
Gooseberry Cross-Country Ski Trailhead Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is open.
Groveland Ranger Station Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District is temporarily closed. Normal hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.
Hamby Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Heiser Lake Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Hermit Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Herring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.
Herring Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
Highland Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) June 1, 2020: Under snow; Highland Lakes Road not passable shortly beyond Bloomfield Campground (1 mile from Hwy 4) due to a large snow bank.
Highland Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  Campground closed.
Highway 108 Sno-Park Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Highway 108 Sno-Park is CLOSED for the 2019/2020 winter season.
Hull Creek / Trout Creek Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) - OHV Area is closed.
Hull Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108)   Campground is closed.
Hunter Creek Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). Hunter Creek area is closed. 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)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area. 
Inspiration Point Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Interface OHV Area Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Kennedy Meadows TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is open, but not accessible by vehicle due to closed roads. Hiking to trailhead is authorized.
Kerrick Corral Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
Lake Alpine Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Campground is closed.
Lake Alpine Recreation Area    Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  June 1, 2020: Boat ramp, day use areas, and trails open; campgrounds closed. No water, no toilet paper, no garbage service - pack it in, pack it out. Access: scattered patches of snow on the ground but mostly accessible.
Lake Alpine SNO-PARK Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Lakeshore Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Little Golden Forest Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps.Interpretive Trail. Self-guided brochures available at Groveland Ranger Station.
Lodgepole Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Lodgepole Overflow Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Lost Claim Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Lost Claim Campground is closed. Normally it is open May through September, weather permitting.
Lumsden Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Closed due to road damage.
Lumsden Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Lumsden Campground is closed. Typically campground is open year round. Lumsden road can close due to weather or road conditions.
Lyons Reservoir (PG&E) Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Managed by PG&E. Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area is closed.
Marmot Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) No water, no toilet paper, no garbage service - pack it in, pack it out.
Meadowview Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209-965-3474
Mi Wok Ranger Station Closed to Visitor Mi-Wok Ranger Station (Hwy 108) The Front Desk is CLOSED. Please visit Summit Ranger Station at Pinecrest or the Supervisor's Office in Sonora for information and assistance.
Middle Fork Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Day Use Area is closed. No overnight camping
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.
Mokelumne Wilderness Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Mosquito Lakes Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Mosquito Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  Campground is closed.
Mosquito Lakes Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
June 1, 2020: Mostly clear of snow except for some scattered patches. Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Niagara Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.
Niagara OHV Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
North Fork Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) Day Use Area is closed.
North Fork Stanislaus River Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Osborne Ridge Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Pacific Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Pigeon Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209-965-3474
Pine Marten Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Pine Valley Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is closed.
Pinecrest Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is CLOSED for the 2019 season.  Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474
Pinecrest Lake Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Boat Ramp and adjacent Day Use Area are CLOSED.
Pinecrest Lake Day Use Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) The Recreation Area and the Day Use Area are CLOSED.
Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its visitors, volunteers and employees, Stanislaus National Forest will temporarily shut down Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail effective March 31,2020.
Pines Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Campground is closed. Normally it is open year-round, but no potable water during winter. Pack it in, pack it out!
Pioneer Trail Group Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Group Campground is closed. Normally it is OPEN year round.  Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474 or visit Dodge Ridge campgrounds.
Preston Falls Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. Please use caution while in the Rim Fire burned area.
Rainbow Pool Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)-  Day Use Area is closed. 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) Rim of the World Vista is open. No restrooms or services available.
River Ranch Campground Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108). River Ranch Campground is closed.
Riverside Day Use Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108) is closed.
Round Valley SNO-PARK Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
SNO-PARK and restrooms are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Sand Bar Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Mi Wok Ranger District (HWY 108).  FR-4N85 (Sandbar Flat Road) closed to all use on Nov. 16, 2019 due to road repair project with no access to campground or day use area.
Sand Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Campground is currently CLOSED for the 2019 season. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209-965-3474.
Sand Flat Campground (4wd only) Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Seven Pines TH Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN for day use only.
Shadow of the Mi-Wok Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Trail is OPEN
Silver Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed for winter season.
Silver Valley Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Silvertip Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Campground is closed.
Slick Rock Jeep Trail Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Trail is closed.
Sonora Pass TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Access road to trailhead is CLOSED due to snow conditions.
Sourgrass Day Use Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) No water, no toilet paper, no garbage service - pack it in, pack it out.
Sourgrass Recreation Area    Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
South Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) South Fork Campground is closed. Normally open year-round. Lumsden road can close due to weather/road conditions.
Spicer Reservoir Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Covered in snow. Access road (Spicer Reservoir Road) closed to motor vehicles for the winter.
Spicer Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Campground is closed.
Spicer Reservoir Group Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed. 
Spicer SNO-PARK Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
SNO-PARK and restrooms are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
St. Marys Pass TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) - Access road to trailhead is currently under snow.
Stanislaus Meadow Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Stanislaus River Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry to Fraser Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) OPEN year-round
Summit Ranger Station Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed. Normally open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., open holidays.
Sweetwater Campground Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Sweetwater Campground is closed. Normally it is open May through September and over the winter season (Oct – April), weather permitting.
TeleLi puLaya (Black Oak) Campground Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108): Campground is closed.
Trail of the Gargoyles Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is OPEN.
Trail of the Survivors Open to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) OPEN year-round.
Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area Closed to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120)- Trumbull Peak Special Interest Area is closed. No public motorized access from Dec. 16 to April 14 due to seasonal road closures.
Tuolumne River Canyon Trail Open to Visitor Groveland Ranger District (HWY 120) Trailhead is open. Vehicle access may be difficult due to seasonal road closures and snowy conditions. No services available at any trailhead. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, PLEASE! For a list of seasonally closed roads view the Stanislaus National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps. 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. Permits can be issued over the phone one day in advance. All permits can be picked up at the Groveland Ranger Station.To reserve a permit, please fill out a non-commercial boating permit application.
Utica/Union Reservoirs Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground Closed to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Campground is closed.
Waterhouse TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108)  Access road (Herring Creek Rd - #4N12) to trailhead is CLOSED by Forest Order.
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 TH Closed to Visitor Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Trailhead is CLOSED and inaccessible to wheeled-vehicles.
Wheats Meadow Trailhead (Spicer Dam side) Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Access road (Spicer Reservoir Road) is closed for the winter.
Trailhead is open but covered in deep snow. Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.
Wheeler Lake Trail Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Woodchuck Basin Trailhead Open to Visitor Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas. See the Stanislaus National Forest home page for more information.

Spotlights

Pinecrest Lake Day Use

Pinecrest Lake Day Use Pinecrest Lake Day Use Summit Ranger District Pinecrest Lake ViewPinecrest Lake Day Use Restroom

 

As of May 15, 2020, Pinecrest Lake Day Use Area remains CLOSED by Forest Order due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Pinecrest Lake

Pinecrest Recreation Area is located at Pinecrest Lake, a 300-acre lake owned and operated by Pacific, Gas and Electric Company. It is located 30 miles east of Sonora on State Highway 108. The Recreation Area lies in a timbered setting at an elevation of 5,600 feet. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks Pinecrest Lake with rainbow trout. Groceries and other services are available at the Pinecrest commercial center.  Recreational opportunities available at the Pinecrest Recreation Area include:

  • Three hundred campsites with tables, grills, flush toilets and potable water in two campgrounds (Pinecrest Campground and Meadowview Campground)
  • Three group campsites with tables, grills, fireplaces, vault toilets and potable water in 1 group campground (Pioneer Trail Group Campground)
  • Day Use Sites: Pinecrest Boat Launch; 50 picnic sites with grills, flush toilets and potable water in one picnic area (Pinecrest); Designated swimming area.
  • Fishing: Accessible fishing pier and boat launch available.
  • Hiking: Pinecrest National Recreation Trail, a 4 mile hiking trail around the lake; paved pathways connecting points of interest.  In winter, the Pinecrest Recreation Area is a popular destination for snowplay, downhill and nordic skiing at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Groomed or marked ski trails are maintained for winter recreationists throughout the area.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier and boat launch

Areas & Activities

Highlights

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

 



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