Bicycling / Cycling in Pickel Meadow, Sonora, California USA

5 mi/8 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.

One popular sport at Pinecrest Lake is bicycling. In summer there is a little shopping area, available for bicycle rentals. If you want to do casual bicycling, the community of Pinecrest makes a perfect place to explore. Traffic is light and hills are few, making it an easy going ride.

You can also wander around campgrounds and enjoy the paved walking-bicycle trail, that runs from Pinecrest Campground through Meadowview Campground. One favorite trail for bicycling is Pickel Meadow to Sonora Junction. It is an easy 5 mi/8 km road, that starts at a small turnout on Highway 108, on the east side of Sonora Pass, at the west end of Pickel Meadow.

Ride east on Highway 108 and pass the Marine Mountain Warfare Training center. At your right you find the expanse of Pickel Meadow. Snow-clad Tower Peak can be seen in the distance. This trail drops down to a bridge just across the river and then climbs up gently to Sonora Junction. Highway 108 ends there as it joins Highway 395. You can continue your ride on Highway 395, but pay attention due to more traffic.

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 / 81.5 km

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