Bicycling / Cycling in Pinecrest Lake, Sonora, California USA

11 mi/17.7 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 cycling. In summer there is a little shopping area, available for bicycle rentals. There are two routes, ideal for cyclists. First route to cycle is along the Clark Fork Road. It is an 11 mi/17.7 km ride for cycling enthusiasts to enjoy the mild grade and the 1000 ft/304.8 m climbing, spread fairly along its length.

You can park near the bridge after turning onto the Clark Fork Road from Highway 108. Next follows a ride up to the end of the road at Iceberg Meadow. You can rest there and have a picnic, before heading back to your car. Second one to cycle is the Old Strawberry Road.

It is a narrow, shaded road that makes a nice ride. You can begin your ride in Strawberry or maybe at the upper end, where the road intersects Highway 108, just a mile east of Cold Springs by the Pinecrest School.

There is a 400 ft/122 m elevation drop at this 3 mi/4.8 km road, from Pinecrest School down to Stanislaus River at Strawberry and then rises a small grade to reach Highway 108.

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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