Backpacking / Trekking in Woodbuck Basin Trailhead, Angels Camp, California USA

1.5 - 2 miles/2.4 - 3.2 km
7300 feet/2225 meters
Bear Valley is a ski area located near Angels Camp, on highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, approximately 3 hours southeast of Sacramento, California, USA.

Near Bear Valley, on Highway 4 lies Lake Alpine about 50 mi/80.5 km from Angels Camp. Elevation of the lake is 7300 ft/2225 m. If you visit Lake Alpine, you should definitely go backpacking on Woodchuck Basin Trailhead. The trail will take you to the top of a ridge, which divides the Mokelumne and Stanislaus River watersheds.

It is approximately a 1.5 – 2 mi/2.4 – 3.2 km trail to Woodchuck Basin, which is located 1 mi/1.6 km east of Lake Alpine on Highway 4. You can camp around the meadow. The moment you get out of the forest, you face the amazing view of the Sierra Nevada all the way to Yosemite.

Especially in summer the scenery is breathtaking. Alpine flowers are blooming throughout the summer along the trail. Sit down, eat something and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains around Lake Tahoe to the north and Yosemite to the south.

How to Get to Destination

164 miles/263.93 km, 3 hours 5 minutes
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 miles/144.2 km, 2 hours 4 minutes
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 miles/201.17km, 2 hours 41 minutes
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 miles/81.433 km

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