Due to the "Railroad", "Empire" and "South Fork" fires, trails are very limited. We can't recommend any up Glacier Point Road, Sky Ranch Road or from the Snow Play Area.
We assume that the Wawona Meadow Loop and Wawona/Mt. Savage trails in Yosemite are rideable.
At Bass Lake, trees are beginning to fall and the face gnats are almost unbearable.
Peckinpah Road was washed out this winter, so those trails are not accessible.
It will be interesting to see what is left of our trails once we can return to Sky Ranch Road to check things out. Let's remain optimistic.
Dated Sept. 11
The map below shows area of the Railroad fire that is currently blocked for safety reasons. This includes Mt. Raymond Road all the way around Sky Ranch Road and everything in between. The snow play area is within the blocked area. None of the trails from the snow play area, Fish Camp and Sky Ranch Road are available to ride. Will update when more information is available.
This area has been closed off for safety reasons
Trail Updates : We are not responsible if conditions are not as described. We do our best to be accurate, but conditions change constantly.
Please send us an email if you ride. We will post trail conditions.
Please let us know if you come across any ground bee nests and their location so we can warn other riders.
Yosemite's Trail Crews clear all the trails for hikers and horseback riders
Our many thanks go out to the trail crews in Yosemite. Without these crews, the trails that we love would be impossible to ride. Some of the trees that fall can be 4 - 5 feet in diameter. The crews are sometimes out for 8 days at time clearing the trails.
During the Mariposa Grove restoration project, the only trail open is the Outer Loop trail which is shown in blue. The trail to Wawona Point IS NOT open. Please do not stray from the Outer Loop trail. The trail to Biledo Meadow begins on the Outer Loop close to the "Fallen Tunnel Tree".
Map of Open Portion of Outer Loop Trail
Any way just thought I'd give you a report .
Bob & Suzie Ummels , Mariposa Ca.
Please send us an email if you ride any of the trails listed below. We'll post the conditions for all to use. Thank you!
Eastman Lake: Hello , my wife Suzie & I rode the Eastman Lake View Trail on Thursday . We parked at the bridge & rode all the way to the horse group camp , had lunch & rode back out . Most of the trail is in good condition but there are several areas where the trail is badly rutted out from last winters rains and we detoured around , 2 or 3 trees down on the trail and could be rode thru but one we also detoured around . A few places where wood has been placed across the trail & staked with rebar to stop erosion , the wood has broke free & rebar is sticking up out of the trail 4 to 6 inches & could be dangerous to horses or hikers . Someone tied small piece of tape on them but it could be easily missed. It is a pretty technical trail through rocky areas . We enjoyed most of the ride but there were a few OH S - - T !!! spots . I guess the Rangers from the lake don't keep up on maintenance ?
Bass Lake:Logging is going on, affecting the lower single track trails by Spring Cove Campground. You may see trucks dumping logs at the various dump sites. Things are changing daily and trees are beginning to fall, so be prepared. Trail from first turnout on 426 is open.
Bass Lake Vista: Clear
Cowboy Trail: Clear
Fish Camp Loop - Pack station's 2 hour loop is clear.
Kelty Meadow - Clear
Nelder Grove - Behind Bull Buck tree has been cleared.
Snow Play - Roads are ok, but some trails have downed trees. Goat Meadow ok now (July 15). Single track trails leading to Mariposa Grove are ok with a few minor go arounds. June 13. Trail from small meadow to pack trail by switchbacks rideable. Pack trail from Mt. Raymond Rd. to White Chief Mt. Rd clear.
Long Meadow Loop -I understand this is clear
Old Railroad Grade -Most of this is clear. Not sure about trail from old cabin and first trail that crosses the pack trail.
Grey's - Soquel Loop - Trail from Soquel to Grey's is open. Not sure about trail to Soquel.
Texas Flat - California Meadow Loop -trail that we aren't sure about is the one between Kelty and Nelder where you cross the creek at the Soquel fence line. We'd love to hear the condition if anybody rides this trail.
Old Grand Dad Loop - I understand there are downed trees
Mariposa Grove/Wawona Point from Snow Play Area - Outer Loop is clear. Wawona Point is off limits.
Biledo Meadow from Snow Play Area - Beautifully cleared.
Wawona Meadow Loop - Clear Wawona - Mt. Savage -Clear
Chilnualna Falls -Trails office says it is cleared.
Yosemite Valley - Not sure if it's still too boggy in meadows.
Dewey Point -I understand the trail from McGurk Meadow to Glacier Point is clear.
Glacier Point - Clear
Taft Point -Clear
Nevada Falls -
Ostrander Lake -Not sure, but this has probably been cleared.
Wawona Point from Wawona -Cleared to the Grove. Point is off limits.
Alder Creek Falls - Deer Camp from Wawona -Trails office says it is cleared to the Deer Camp Trailhead.
Deer Camp from Bridalveil -
Tuolumne Meadows -
Young Lakes -
Glen Aulin -
Elizabeth Lake -
Dog Lake -
Lyell Canyon -
Spillway Lake -
Chiquito Lake -
Jackass Lake -
Granite Creek Trails -
Brown's Creek -
Peckinpah Overook -
White's Cabin -
We hope this information is accurate and helpful. Please send us an email if you ride any of these trails so that we can keep the information up to date. You can email us @ email@example.com. Thank you & happy trails!
WARNING: The Spring Cove trail and especially the trail to Goat Mt. have been used almost exclusively by mountain bike riders for years. The trail is narrow, has steep drop offs and many blind curves. The bikers haul down those trails and are not prepared for horses. This trail is dangerous and should never be used on the weekends. It's a beautiful trail, but you are taking a risk using it. An accident on this trail would be a serious one. Please! if you park at the launch ramp, leave the area clean! There is a lot of poison oak on this trail and areas where it is almost impossible to avoid.
These are mainly fall thru spring rides:
Hensley Lake -
Eastman Lake -
Buchannan Road - Great winter ride. Park either by the cemetery or at the community park. Leave it spotless! If you park by the rec center, be aware that you will pass homes. One has dogs that come out barking. There are others with sheep, goats and sometimes a llama. There is a ranch with mini's and occasionally you will run into them pulling a cart.
San Joaquin River Gorge (Squaw Leap) - If anyone rides the trails, please let us know the conditions and we will post. Thank you.
Woodward Park - This is a very nice winter ride. We pass the mobile home park, ride under Hwy 41 and take the trail above the river until it ends. Nice 3+ hour ride.
Cowboy Trail (Cheppo Saddle) - This is another ride that can be done if there has not been snow below 4000 feet. The first hour is uphill and can be really slippery after a rain. It's not the best ride, but certainly an option.
Central Camp Road - Nice winter ride if no snow below 4000 feet. Trails are used by mountain bikers, so beware. They are very slippery when wet.
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Please check with Ranger Stations for current conditions
Eastman Lake Ranger Station - 559 689-3255
Hensley Lake Ranger Station - 559 673-5151
San Joaquin River Gorge BLM - Ranger Station 559 297-0706 Wawona Ranger Station - 209 375-9520 Yosemite Trails Office - 209 372-0576 Yosemite Corrals Office - 209 372-0524 Tuolumne Trails Office - 209 742-8901 http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildcond.htm - this is a very interesting page on the yosemite web site. It has a lot of valuable information, but is not updated on a regular basis.