The Best Backpacking in Arnold

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Top backpacking spots in and near Arnold

  • Long Barn, California

    Camp at Black Oak Flat Campground

    / 5778 ft gain
    The campground operates on a first come, first serve basis and is typically open from May - September. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground provides potable water and bathrooms. The fee is $10/night for a single family site, or $25/night for a group site. ...
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  • Pinecrest, California

    Pinecrest Peak Trail

    14.68 mi / 3169 ft gain
    Pinecrest Peak Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Pinecrest, California.
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  • Arnold, California

    Snow Camp at Bull Run Lake

    15 mi / 2400 ft gain
    This is a long, beautiful snowshoe to a lake that is very accessible in the summer but almost untouched in the winter! There are a couple of ways to access the lake during the winter, but this is the most interesting: Starting at the easternmost sno-park along Highway 4 going east of Bear Valley,...
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  • Bear Valley, California

    Lake Alpine and Duck Lake Loop

    9.28 mi / 1220 ft gain
    Lake Alpine and Duck Lake Loop is a 14.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California.
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  • Pinecrest, California

    Grouse Lake and Mud Lake

    17.08 mi / 2162 ft gain
    Grouse Lake and Mud Lake is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Pinecrest, California.
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness)

    4.3
    7 mi / 500 ft gain
    Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. There's no quota for this area, so no need for reservations in advance.To reach the trailhead, make your way south from the Ranger Station and turn left onto Crabtree Rd. Drive along this road...
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  • Pinecrest, California

    Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake

    8.35 mi / 653 ft gain
    Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Mi Wuk Village, California.
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  • Arnold, California

    Backpacking to Sword Lake

    5.0
    Getting There Take 108 to Pinecrest Lake to pick up a free backcountry permit at the Summit Ranger Station. (If you reach Strawberry you've gone too far.) Continue past Beardsley Lake to Clark's Fork Road on the left. Cross two bridges and Forest Route 6N06 will take you to the trailhead (County ...
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  • Pinecrest, California

    Lower Emigrant Wilderness Shorter Loop

    21.38 mi / 3274 ft gain
    Lower Emigrant Wilderness Shorter Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Pinecrest, California.
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  • Pinecrest, California

    Backpack to Chain Lakes

    4.4 mi / 864 ft gain
    This trip begins at ~7500 feet at the Box Springs Trailhead This trail is at the end of Forest Route 3N20Y. The trail, which is not regularly maintained and may at times be hard to follow, initially descends slightly to 7300', then stays mostly flat before rising just before the lakes. You will p...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack Chewing Gum Lake

    3.3
    4.5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Chewing Gum Lakes is located in Emigrant Wilderness, South of Lake Tahoe and North of Yosemite, with stunning valley views and gorgeous granite faces, peaking through the tree lines of the Stanislaus National Forest. Sitting just north of Yosemite allows you to take in a portion of the beauty of ...
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  • Arnold, California

    Wheeler Lake

    6.63 mi / 1775 ft gain
    Wheeler Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Markleeville, California.
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  • Arnold, California

    Backpack To Wheeler Lake

    5.0
    7.8 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The trail to Wheeler Lake begins at the Woodchuck Basin Trailhead. This trailhead is located a little over a mile east of Lake Alpine on Highway 4. The trail starts off relatively flat and winds through forests and meadows, taking you into the Mokelumne Wilderness. Time it right and you'll be met...
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  • Arnold, California

    Bull Run Lake Trail

    7.66 mi / 1565 ft gain
    Bull Run Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Markleeville, California.
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  • Arnold, California

    Hike To Bull Run Lake

    4.3
    The hike to Bull Run Lake is about 7.8 miles, roundtrip, and begins at the Stanislaus Meadows Trailhead, located about 10 miles West of Ebbetts Pass. There is plenty of parking near the trailhead, off of the South side of CA 4. The trailhead GPS coordinates are: N38 30.376' / W119 56/617'Once you...
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  • Pioneer, California

    Camping at The Pots

    4.2
    This fantastic camping or chilling spot has beautiful granite pools and slides of all sizes. The area consists of a river flowing over a granite slab creating pools some of which are over ten feet deep. The water cascades down the granite in small water falls. The area is located next to Silver L...
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