Top Adventures in Tuolumne County

  • Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

    The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance. The trail starts at the South Grove Trail head which is located nine miles east of...

    5 miles 560 ft gain

  • Hike the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees SP

    When thinking of the iconic Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada, one usually thinks of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. However, there is a often forgotten area of Giant Sierra Redwoods that gets far less traffic than the more popular groves. The Nor...

    1.7 miles 40 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bouldering at Columbia College

    Get your hands on some limestone bouldering at this spot. There's actually two locations for bouldering in this area, Columbia College and Columbia State Park (about less than a 10 min. drive from Columbia College), but I made this specific advent...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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      Overview Big Meadow Campground lies at about 6,400 feet elevation on the Stanislaus National Forest. It is located 21 miles east of Arnold, California. Breathtaking views abound, and wildlife viewi...

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      Lake Alpine Lodgepole Group

      Overview Lodgepole Group Campground is located just two miles west of Lake Alpine in northern California. The campground affords breathtaking views of the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. Ca...

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      Pinecrest

      Overview Pinecrest features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center...

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      Pioneer Trail

      Overview Pioneer Trail Group Campground offers groups of up to 100 people the opportunity to camp near the beautiful Pinecrest Lake. The campground is located within the Pinecrest Recreational Area...

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      Bear Valley Resort Glamping

      15 tents available Amenities inside the tents: A queen bed with beddingNights can get chilly in the mountains, extra bedding is always recommended.Includes towels, personal shampoo & soapElectr...

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    • Pioneer, California

      South Shore Campground

      Overview South Shore Campground is located next to Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's a prime location for fishing and boating.Recr...

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