Hikes in Calaveras County

Made famous by one-time resident Mark Twain’s short story, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, this one thousand square mile swath of the sierra foothills has a lot to offer to present day visitors. In addition to the famed jumping frog jubilee and a popular wine-tasting town, Calaveras County has several areas for hiking. Not far from Yosemite National Park on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the sparely populated county is covered with rugged subalpine woodlands largely protected by Stanislaus National Forest. Tree lovers can visit Calaveras Big Tree State Park, which was one of California’s earliest state parks, and protects the first grove of giant sequoias discovered by settlers.

Hiking Calaveras County

North Grove Big Trees Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State ParkNorth Grove – Big Trees Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park
This easy 1.5-mile loop explores the first giant sequoias discovered by settlers in California in the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Natural Bridge of Calaveras CountyUpper Natural Bridge Trail
This fun 2-mile round trip hike descends into a canyon to a limestone tunnel in a creek (that you can swim through).
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Ediza Lake - Thousand Island Lake Loop Ansel Adams Wilderness High Trail Hike Pacific Crest Trail John Muir Trail Thousand Island Garnet Ediza Lakes Loop Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Ediza Lake – Thousand Island Lake Loop The Ediza Lake – Thousand Island Lake Loop is a top-tier backpacking circuit in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Covering about 25 miles with 2,110 feet of elevation change, the loop is usually done in three days of hiking (not including any additional layover days). The loop starts and ends at Agnew Meadows, located near Devils... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 23.75 miles · Elevation change: 2110 feet
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Thousand Island Lake Ansel Adams Wilderness High Trail Hike Pacific Crest Trail Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Thousand Island Lake is regarded as one of the most spectacular lakes in the Eastern Sierra. Banner Peak, a towering 12,936-foot mountain above the lake's west shore, is reflected in its clear blue water. The lake has numerous (if not a thousand) small islands. Both John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass Thousand Island Lake, giving hikers significant and scenic... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 8.75 miles · Elevation change: 1,515 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 27, 2016
Garnet Lake Hike John Muir Trail Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Garnet Lake is located on John Muir Trail between Shadow Lake and Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest. The lake is stunning, set below the 12,936-foot mass of Banner Peak and framed by ridges of bedrock and pines. Hiking directly there, Garnet Lake is 8.55 miles from the trailhead at Agnew Meadows, so most of the lake's visitors are... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 5.65 miles · Elevation change: 1130 feet
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Iceberg Lake Hike Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California Iceberg Lake Trail from Ediza Lake
Cradled below a jagged ridge of volcanic peaks called the Minarets, Iceberg Lake is a beautiful, potentially snow-bordered or ice-filled lake of vivid blue water. The backcountry lake is located deep in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest, 8.3 miles from the trailhead at Agnew Meadows. Iceberg Lake is just a mile from Ediza Lake and a nice extension for... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 510 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 30, 2016
Ediza Lake Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California Shadow Creek Trail Ediza Lake Hike
With high summit-reflecting waters, Ediza Lake is beautiful to behold. The lake is wrapped by meadows and trees and sports massive views of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak, making it a popular destination for hikers in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest. Starting from Agnew Meadows near Mammoth Lakes, Ediza Lake is reachable on a rewarding full day hike of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Creeks · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 15 miles · Elevation change: 1250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 27, 2016