DescriptionOn the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, Stanislaus National Forest covers nearly 900,000 acres, forming the northwestern boundary of Yosemite National Park. The Merced, Mokelumne, Clavey, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers cut deep canyons through this wilderness region.
Popular summer activities include swimming, camping, picnicking, boating, rafting, canoeing and hunting. More than 800 miles of rivers and streams offer myriad opportunities for fishing. Numerous trails are suitable for hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, off-roading and mountain biking. There are skiing facilities at Dodge Ridge off SR 108 and at Mount Reba off SR 4. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing also are popular during the winter.
Reservations for Pinecrest campground can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System; phone (877) 444-6777 or TTY (877) 833-6777.
Visitor tours and programs are offered June through August at Pinecrest. The Emigrant and Carson-Iceberg wildernesses are at the eastern end of the forest. Permits can be obtained at any Stanislaus National Forest office. For general forest information contact the Supervisor's Office, Stanislaus National Forest, 19777 Greenley Rd., Sonora, CA 95370; phone (209) 532-3671.