Backpacking / Trekking in Eagle Meadow, Sonora, California USA

0.25 mi/0.40 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. Eagle Meadow is located east of Highway 108, approximately half an hour away.

There are three easy, natural, wonder trails, perfect for backpacking. The first one is Columns of the Giants. It is a one way, quarter mile (0.25 mi/0.40 km) trail located next to the Pigeon Flat Campground, where you can camp and which is approximately 1.5 mi/2.4 km east of Dardanelles Resort.

It is an easy trail, that takes you to an unusual geologic formation with magnificent views of basalt columns, reminding of the Devil’s Postpile. The second one is Trail of the Gargoyles. It is a 1.5 mi/2.4 km, one way trail, taking you to some strangely shaped, volcanic, rock formations, called Trail of the Gargoyles.

To reach this trail, drive east from Strawberry to the Herring Creek Road turnoff, on the right. When reaching the overlook up the trail, you get a spectacular view of a canyon and mountains. The third trail is the Trail of the Ancient Dwarfs.

It is a one way, 5 mi/8 km hike, leading you through a forest of ancient dwarf trees. A visit to this trail is best combined with a view of the ancient Bennett Jupiter, because they are both near Eagle 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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