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Trail Updates : We are not responsible if conditions are not as described. We do our best to be accurate, but conditions change constantly.
Please send us an email if you ride. We will post trail conditions.
Please let us know if you come across any ground bee nests and their location so we can warn other riders.
Yosemite's Trail Crews clear all the trails for hikers and horseback riders
Our many thanks go out to the trail crews in Yosemite. Without these crews, the trails that we love would be impossible to ride. Some of the trees that fall can be 4 - 5 feet in diameter. The crews are sometimes out for 8 days at time clearing the trails.
During the Mariposa Grove restoration project, the only trail open is the Outer Loop (now called "Perimeter Trail") which is shown in blue. The trail to Biledo Meadow begins on the Outer Loop close to the "Fallen Tunnel Tree".
Please send us an email if you ride any of the trails listed below. We'll post the conditions for all to use. Thank you!
Eastman Lake: BCHC Freepackers did clearing on the trail in late April. Trail still is quite rutted. We don't recommend riding this until fall because of rattlesnakes.
Bass Lake:Forestry Road from Rd. 426 to Cedar Lupine Campground closed due to tree mortality. $5000 fine for individuals and $10,000 for groups.
Bass Lake Vista: Cowboy Trail from Rd 222 has been cleared. Controlled burns around BL Vista area are scheduled for May and June.
Cowboy Trail: Cleared
Fish Camp Loop - Clear
Kelty Meadow - Kelty is clear
Nelder Grove - Behind the Bull Buck tree to the first road is clear. Staging area is clear and open. Road from bridge is open. Active ground bee nest on trail next to Bull Buck tree July 20
Snow Play - Trail from Goat Mdw to Fish Camp clear.
Long Meadow Loop -Clear
Old Railroad Grade -
Grey's - Soquel Loop -Trail between Grey's and Soquel is clear
Texas Flat/California Meadow Loop - Texas Flat is closed due to tree mortality. The loop does not enter the campground. After Texas Flat, there are obstacles to go around, but rideable. Heading to creek crossing above Soquel, tree across trail. Thick white thorn after Soquel, but rideable. CA Mdw clear. Only part we could not ride was before the Soquel creek crossing.
Old Grand Dad Loop -I understand this trail has been cleared, but due to the "Railroad Fire", it is rocky and out in the open.
Mariposa Grove/Wawona Point from Snow Play Area - Clear
Biledo Meadow from Snow Play Area -Clear
Wawona Meadow Loop -Cleared, but minor go arounds Wawona - Mt. Savage -Clear. Watch for rattlesnakes
Yosemite Valley - We were told valley loop and mirror lake are cleared.
Dewey Point -Bridalveil camp is closed due to Ferguson fire. Glacier Point Road is closed.
Glacier Point -
Taft Point -
Nevada Falls -
Ostrander Lake -
Wawona Point from Wawona -Cleared
Alder Creek Falls - Deer Camp from Wawona -Cleared to Alder Creek Falls
Deer Camp from Bridalveil - Not cleared
Tuolumne Meadows -
Young Lakes -
Glen Aulin -
Elizabeth Lake -
Dog Lake -
Lyell Canyon -
Spillway Lake -
Chiquito Lake -
Jackass Lake -
Granite Creek Trails -
Brown's Creek -
Peckinpah Overook -
White's Cabin -
We hope this information is accurate and helpful. Please send us an email if you ride any of these trails so that we can keep the information up to date. You can email us @ email@example.com. Thank you & happy trails!
These are mainly fall thru spring rides:
Hensley Lake - Clear
Eastman Lake - Not a summer ride.
Buchannan Road - Great winter ride. Park either by the cemetery or at the community park. Leave it spotless! If you park by the rec center, be aware that you will pass homes. One has dogs that come out barking. There are others with sheep, goats and sometimes a llama.
San Joaquin River Gorge (Squaw Leap) - Fresno side to Temperance Flat clear. Madera side, trails clear, but trail to Temperance Flat has a lot of low hanging branches. Rattlesnakes in summer.
Woodward Park - This is a very nice winter ride. We pass the mobile home park, ride under Hwy 41 and take the trail above the river until it ends. Nice 3+ hour ride.
Cowboy Trail (Cheppo Saddle) - This is another ride that can be done if there has not been snow below 4000 feet. The first hour is uphill and can be really slippery after a rain. Face gnats, so bring fly masks. We use them over our hats as well.
Central Camp Road - Nice winter ride if no snow below 4000 feet. Trails are used by mountain bikers, so beware. They are very slippery when wet. Not sure of tree fall.
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Please check with Ranger Stations for current conditions
Eastman Lake Ranger Station - 559 689-3255
Hensley Lake Ranger Station - 559 673-5151
San Joaquin River Gorge BLM - Ranger Station 559 297-0706 Wawona Ranger Station - 209 375-9520 Yosemite Trails Office - 209 372-0576 Yosemite Corrals Office - 209 372-0524 Tuolumne Trails Office - 209 742-8901 http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildcond.htm - this is a very interesting page on the yosemite web site. It has a lot of valuable information, but is not updated on a regular basis.