Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sugar Pine Railroad Hike

Along the Stanislaus River two sections of the old Sugar Pine Railroad are open to hiking, biking, and equestrian users.   Many thanks to the owners of the private property that allow us access through their land! A long range plan has been in the works for many years to create a 25 mile ‘rails to trails’ corridor.  So looking forward to that!

Today, Adventure Pal P and I hiked the section from Middle Fork Road to Lyons Lake.  It’s 9 miles round trip. The weather was just short of being hot.  Most of the way is broken shade.


It’s a really lovely walk through the forest, but the payoff is reaching Lyons Lake.  Thanks to way above average snow pack there was a big spill from the dam.


This is domestic water for a large part of Tuolumne County so no boating or swimming.


I like how the water in the spill is the color of the braces of the spillway in this picture.  At least it is on my monitor.  And no, it wasn’t really that color!


There are still a few dogwood blossoms left on the trees at the higher elevations.   


At 3:30 when we got back, my car temperature said 82, and it was closer to 95 by the time I got home to Jamestown.  We picked the hottest day of the year (so far) to hike!


  1. You find the neatest places to hike, Diana. Great pictures.

  2. Thanks Liz! I have the west coast covered and you have the east coast! We need to get together. :)


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