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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Powell Lake, Sonora, California USA

Trail:
2 mi/3.22 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.

Hiking 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 hike is Burst Rock to Powell Lake. It is a one way, 2 mi/3.22 km, moderate trail with elevation gain of 500 ft/152.4 m.

During the Gold Rush years, the Burst Rock trail was used as the route of the old emigrant trail. Nowadays the trail takes that route. When reaching the summit of Burst Rock, you get a breathtaking view down the Stanislaus River canyon towards Pinecrest.

In the meadow you can see remnants of the old cabin. The trail leaves from the parking lot and goes across the contour of the ridge, offering a wonderful view of Burst Rock and then leads up to the summit. It’s just above a mile to the top of Burst Rock at 9100 ft/2774 m elevation.

If you want more adventure, keep going on the trail down the back side of Burst Rock. Less than a mile, turn left and discover Powell Lake, which is a popular camping and swimming spot.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Bay Area
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.
BY AIR
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km
BY TRAIN

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