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San Joaquin River Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A great trail local to Fresno.


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Map Key

14.5

Miles

23.3

KM

Point to Point

1,242' 379 m

High

574' 175 m

Low

2,110' 643 m

Up

2,564' 782 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The San Joaquin River Trail will eventually extend from Friant Dam to Devils Postpile National Monument. Currently, you can hike approximately 16 miles of singletrack from Finegold Bay to the San Joaquin River Gorge Parking area. If you park in the San Joaquin River Gorge there is a $5 parking fee. The trail can also be accessed near Temperance Flat from Welbarn Road.

You can do this trail as a shuttle or an out and back from any access point. You can connect to the Wuh-ki'o Trail or the Pa'san Ridge Trail at the Gorge parking lot for a truly epic day outside.

The meadow sections of the trail are spectacular in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Be careful in the summer months as the heat is significant and there is no water available along the trail.

Make sure to stop and appreciate the Big Sandy Bridge that solved one of the connection problems for this trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Cloud Shadow

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#1

in Friant

#7991

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in Friant

#724

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#7,991

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Photos

The view from the final hill on the San Joaquin River Trail.
Oct 2, 2018 near Auberry, CA
The Big Sandy Bridge.
Dec 22, 2015 near Auberry, CA

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Mar 12, 2018
Matt Kissinger
Mar 23, 2017
Jacob Bohigian
3.8mi
Nov 23, 2016
Kimberly Esau
4mi
Nov 23, 2016
Elizabeth Trutna
Beautiful sunset at the west end!
May 7, 2016
Ryan Johnston