Top Adventures in Pinecrest

  • Hike to Cleo's Bath

    This 6+ mile hike is located at Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest located in Tuolumne County and features a lake, river, forest, waterfall, and swimming hole. It is accessible year-round,  in winter there will be snow, and the hike ...

    6.5 miles 1263 ft gain

  • Camp at Pioneer Trail Group Campground

    Pioneer Trail Group Campground is a true wonderland: amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, views of snow-capped mountain peaks, and a gorgeous lake filled with rainbow trout. Pinecrest Lake is perfect for fishing, boating, hiking, and swimming. ...

    5850 ft gain

  • Camp at Black Oak Flat Campground

    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 s...

    5778 ft gain

  • Discover Scenic Beardsley Dam Campground

    Beardsley Dam is a first come, first serve campground. Each site is equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, and bear boxes. The cost for a family site is $10 per night. The campground provides bathrooms, but not potable water - so bring enough fo...

    3511 ft gain

  • Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness)

    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...

    7 miles 500 ft gain

  • Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness

    The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by ...

    18 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Backpack Chewing Gum Lake

    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...

    4.5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Climb Cracks at the Gianelli Edges

    We first found the Gianelli Edges mentioned in the Climbers Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway. A short 2.5-3 hour drive from our place in Oakland, it's a great spot for a quick single day or overnight climbing excursion. Just head out 120 toward Yo...

  • Backpack to Chain Lakes

    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 fl...

    4.4 miles 864 ft gain

  • Enjoy Boulder Flat Campground

    Boulder Flat Campground operates on a first come, first serve basis. The campground is cash only and the fee is $15/night for a single family site. The campground provides vault toilets and potable water. If you wish to use a stove, grill, or make...

    5653 ft gain

  • Explore Brightman Flat Campground

    Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground has vault toilets. Bring enough water for cooking and drinking, as potable water is not available. This campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fe...

    7216 ft gain

  • Backpacking to Sword Lake

    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 ...

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