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The Best Backpacking in Pioneer

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Top backpacking spots in and near Pioneer

  • Kyburz, California

    Caples Creek Loop Trail

    8.74 mi / 1486 ft gain
    Caples Creek Loop Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Kyburz, California.
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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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  • 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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  • Kyburz, California

    Hike Pyramid Peak

    5.0
    Although it stands only slightly higher than its neighbors, Pyramid Peak nonetheless dominates the Crystal Range atop which it sits. Great views from the summit make this a must-do.The Route: The route is fairly straightforward to Lake Sylvia (see map). Simply follow the well-defined Lyons Cr...
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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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  • Pioneer, California

    Sentinels Trail

    4.13 mi / 912 ft gain
    Sentinels Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Kirkwood, California.
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  • 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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  • Kirkwood, California

    Lake Margaret Trail

    4.76 mi / 673 ft gain
    Lake Margaret Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Kirkwood, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Rockbound Pass and Red Peak Stock Trail Loop

    15.7 mi / 3097 ft gain
    Rockbound Pass and Red Peak Stock Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Kyburz, California
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  • Kyburz, California

    McConnell Lake Loop Trail

    24.67 mi / 4341 ft gain
    McConnell Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Kyburz, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell

    16.87 mi / 2680 ft gain
    Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Kyburz, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Backpack Desolation's Primitive Western Edge through Rockbound Pass

    4.4
    26.28 mi / 5151 ft gain
    This 26 mile loop meanders through some of the most primitive trails in Desolation Wilderness. Starting from Wrights Lake, the route proceeds over Rockbound Pass, loops around several lakes, and returns to Wrights Lake. Not many hikers venture past the steep and rocky Rockbound Pass to enter this...
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  • Kyburz, California

    Lake Schmidell via Blakely Trail (16E07)

    16.13 mi / 2615 ft gain
    Lake Schmidell via Blakely Trail (16E07) is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pollock Pines, California.
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  • El Dorado County, California

    Cronan Ranch to Folsom Point Rec Area via South Fork American River Trail and Brown's Ravine Trail

    31.9 mi / 4593 ft gain
    Cronan Ranch to Folsom Point Rec Area via South Fork American River Trail and Brown's Ravine Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Lotus, California.
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