Backpacking / Trekking in Boulder Creek, Sonora, California USA

2.5 mi/4 km
Sonora Pass is located near Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, USA. It is off of Highway about 60 mi/96.5 km east of Sonora.

Trails are spread everywhere across the mountains. There is something for everyone in the Sonora Pass region, as there are all kind of trails, easy, intermediate and high elevation and also long day adventures. One of the best trails to go backpacking is Iceberg Meadow to Boulder Creek.

It is a 2.5 mi/4 km, moderate trail with elevation gain of 500 ft/152.4 m. It is a shaded, forest ride, taking you from Iceberg Meadow up the Clark Fork. It is a kind of easy trail, having only a moderate elevation gain. In the biggest part of the trail you are near the Clark Fork, giving you the opportunity to stop and fish.

Watch out for hawks, nesting in the trees. After walking 2.5 mi/4 km of the trail, you get close the junction to Boulder Creek trail. Boulder Lake is up the trail about 1.5 mi/2.4 km, but is a steep 1200 ft/365.8 m climb and the trail is not so good maintained.

While continuing for about 7.5 mi/12 km up the Clark Fork Trail, you reach the top of Saint Marie’s Pass. A good place to camp is near the Meadow.

How to Get to Destination

164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201.2 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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