Hikes Near Sonora

For detailed information about the hikes click on the title.


Dragoon Gulch Trail

Photo: Teresa Faria, alltrails.com

This 2.2 mile loop is good for all levels of hiking, and has beautiful views of Sonora. There are several routes that can be taken with different difficulty levels. 


Carlon Falls Trail

Photo: Joshua Pelham, alltrails.com

This 2.8 mile trail in Stanislaus National Forest has a beautiful waterfall at the end with several swimming holes (be careful!). 


Tuolumne Table Mountain

Photo: Kim Kern, alltrails.com

This 3.8 mile out-and-back hike near Jamestown is moderately difficult and has magnificent views of New Melones Lake at the top. 


Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir trail

Photo: Aaron Sauer, alltrails.com

This 6.1 mile out-and-back trail in Stanislaus National Forest follows Stanislaus River and Summit Creek to the gorgeous reservoir. The way there is entirely uphill. 


Cleo’s Bath Trail

Photo: Anna Goett, alltrails.com

This 6.7 mile loop goes around Pinecrest Lake and down Cleo’s bath trail. The steep climbing makes this hike hard, but the trail and the views are beautiful. 


Preston Falls Trail

Photo: Robert Johnson, alltrails.com

This 8.2 mile trail begins at Hetch Hetchy and has a beautiful river. Watch out for poison oak and mud. 


Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake

Photo: George Langstaff, alltrails.com

This 8.5 mile out-and-back hike in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest has campgrounds. The trail goes by Camp Lake and ends at Bear Lake.


Coyote and Hogans Trail

Photo: John King, alltrails.com

This 9.1 mile out-and-back trail near Valley Springs is used for hiking and biking, and is by the gorgeous New Hogan Lake and Calaveras river.


West Side Railroad Trail to Tuolumne North Fork

Photo: Joshua Pelham, alltrails.com

This 9.9 mile out-and-back trail with little elevation is great for all skill levels and has beautiful views of the Tuolumne River!



Rancheria Falls Trail

Photo: Christian Paquin, alltrails.com

This 11.9 mile hike features beautiful waterfalls and huge granite cliffs in Hetch Hetchy, giving you the beauty of Yosemite without the crowds.


The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne

Photo: Hiroko A., alltrails.com

This 45 mile backpacking trail in Yosemite goes from the Tuolumne Meadows into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The trail has spectacular waterfalls, especially in the beginning of spring when the water volume is at its highest.