- ABOUT THE SPOT
Cross Country Skiing in Dodge Ridge, Sonora, California USA
The resort is located in the Stanislaus National Forest. Around Sonora Pass, there are so many routes up and down the pass, making it a perfect and popular place for cross country skiing. There are 25.5 mi/41 km of cross country skiing trails in the Summit Ranger District, which are marked southwest of Pinecrest, mostly in the vicinity of Dodge Ridge.
Two trails with a total distance of 5 mi/8 km are rated as easy, nine trails (16 mi/25.75 km) as intermediate and three trails as most difficult. The trails are usually patrolled on weekends. You can purchase a map of the trails at the Summit Ranger Station, at the Pinecrest Y.
When developing a trail after a new snowfall, try to develop a two user trail, that will contain cross country set of ski tracks. Trailheads in the area are found at Gooseberry and Crabtree, on Forest road 4N35, near Dodge Ridge. The weather changes a lot and especially in winter, it can be unsafe, so you should better be informed about the weather conditions, before arriving to the spot.
There are two trailheads to the nordic trails. Crabtree, which is near the junction of Dodge Ridge Road and Dodge Ridge Loop and Gooseberry, which is further up the Dodge Ridge Loop.