Due to the tree mortality and the fact that the dead trees are now falling, it is impossible to give an accurate condition of the trails. We will update as we can, but conditions change from minute to minute. A more accurate trail conditions page is on facebook "Central Siera Nevada Horse Trails". Please look us up on facebook.
Hensley Lake - Trails all clear
San Joaquin River Gorge - Fresno side clear. Madera side clear, but has low hanging brush in spots.
Bass Lake - Can't recommend any rides here. Trees falling daily.
Rd 607 in Raymond - Great ride on dirt road in cattle country.
Long Ranch in Mariposa - Great winter ride. Must sign a release form
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 trail which is shown in blue. The trail to Wawona Point IS NOT open. Please do not stray from the Outer Loop trail. The trail to Biledo Meadow begins on the Outer Loop close to the "Fallen Tunnel Tree".
Map of Open Portion of Outer Loop Trail
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: Hello , my wife Suzie & I rode the Eastman Lake View Trail on Thursday . We parked at the bridge & rode all the way to the horse group camp , had lunch & rode back out . Most of the trail is in good condition but there are several areas where the trail is badly rutted out from last winters rains and we detoured around , 2 or 3 trees down on the trail and could be rode thru but one we also detoured around . A few places where wood has been placed across the trail & staked with rebar to stop erosion , the wood has broke free & rebar is sticking up out of the trail 4 to 6 inches & could be dangerous to horses or hikers . Someone tied small piece of tape on them but it could be easily missed. It is a pretty technical trail through rocky areas . We enjoyed most of the ride but there were a few OH S - - T !!! spots . I guess the Rangers from the lake don't keep up on maintenance ?
Bass Lake: Trees falling daily. Not recommended.
Bass Lake Vista: Many trees across road, but we were able to get around them as of December
Cowboy Trail: Many trees across road
Fish Camp Loop -
Kelty Meadow -
Nelder Grove -
Snow Play -
Long Meadow Loop -
Old Railroad Grade -
Grey's - Soquel Loop -
Texas Flat - California Meadow Loop -
Old Grand Dad Loop -
Mariposa Grove/Wawona Point from Snow Play Area -
Biledo Meadow from Snow Play Area -
Wawona Meadow Loop - Wawona - Mt. Savage -
Yosemite Valley -
Dewey Point -
Glacier Point -
Taft Point -
Nevada Falls -
Ostrander Lake -
Wawona Point from Wawona -
Alder Creek Falls - Deer Camp from Wawona -
Deer Camp from Bridalveil -
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you & happy trails!
These are mainly fall thru spring rides:
Hensley Lake - Clear
Eastman Lake - ?
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.
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. There are a lot of downed trees across the road, but we were able to get around them. Not sure of conditions now. Feb 14, 2018
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.