Rail Trail Rides 'n' Hikes


During September 2002, Jeff and I spent several weekends hiking and riding on "Rail Trails" in the Stanislaus National Forest north of Yosemite, and by the Merced River west of Yosemite National Park. Click on the below link to see some of the pictures Jeff took during our excursions along the West Side Rails, Sugar Pine Railway, and Merced River.

Rail Trails Pictures

Following are brief descriptions of each of these trips.

West Side Rails

This trail is located in the Stanislaus National Forest and follows what used to be the West Side Lumber Company's railroad grade. This trail is very well maintained, with remnants of the old logging railroad all along the way. It's a fun trail to ride, as it is very flat and one can go for miles in a short amount of time.

More information about this trail can be found at the following website:

Jeff's Trails - Yosemite Area (directions, maps, and ride description)

Sugar Pine Railway Trestle Trail

The Sugar Pine Railway was another railroad used for logging in the early 1900's. On this trip we hiked about 2.5 miles along part of the grade next to the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, to a standing trestle that is one of only two remaining in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Merced River Rail Trail

This trail follows the grade along the north bank of the Merced River. We started at Briceburg, which is 10-15 miles west of the entrance to Yosemite and rode west. This trail is rougher than the others, so this trip turned into a combination ride and hike!

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