South Fork Stanislaus River Trail (4N90)

Total Miles
5.1

Elevation

1,497.64 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is a great spot to retreat for the weekend. The trail follows the South Fork of the Stanislaus from 4N01 (Frasier Flat) to the inlet of Lyons Reservoir. You can no longer get all the way to the reservoir as it has been gated off, so this is an in-and-back-out trail. The trail is sometimes muddy and has a few rough spots that can be done by an experienced driver in a 4x4 vehicle with no problem. Just about every right turn off of the main trail leads to a camping spot near the river, and there are tons of beautiful spots to enjoy. Pack it in, pack it out.

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South Fork Stanislaus River Trail (4N90)
South Fork Stanislaus River Trail (4N90)
South Fork Stanislaus River Trail (4N90)

Difficulty

In spring and early summer, there are usually some mud holes throughout the trail but they can usually be avoided. There are some rocky sections and spots with holes where articulation is key, but the trail all in all is not a difficult trail. This is not an OHV trail.

History

Sugar Pine Rail Road grade

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Steve Gx460
Apr 20, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Easy trip, no snow. Few stream crossing very shallow, some ruts but overall very easy. Great camping trip!
Ben Bianchini
Oct 07, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Luis Botero
Sep 24, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

Access Description

Turn off Highway 108 just before Cold Springs. Take a left on Frasier Flat Road (4N01). Drive down the road almost to the river it is the last left before the river. (4N90)

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