Slickrock Trail

Bear Valley, California 95223

Slickrock Trail

Slickrock Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Much of trail traverses large rock slabs giving you a little taste of Moab. Silver Creek flows over rocks beside the trail with wonderful clear pools in which to relax and play. Unique places to camp along the way. The south end of trail runs along beautiful Utica Reservoir, a scenic place to camp, mountain bike and flatwater kayak. Street-legal vehicles only. The first part of trail is moderate and suitable for aggressive stock SUVs. The last part has some challenging hardcore obstacles. A good driver in a seasoned SUV can probably get through okay."

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The Slickrock trail is a moderate trail with one more difficult obstacle at the south end. The North Trail head starts you off of Hwy 4 at the west end of Lake Alpine. The trail passes some summer cabins and then takes you out onto the granite slabs along Silver Creek. There will be a "V" shaped canyon and then a steep granite descent which a well modified SUV should make easily. A few more creek crossings and you'll come upon "The Ladder", the most difficult obstacle on the trail. When traveling from Hwy 4 southbound you cross a deep stream right before this boulder field which adds to the difficulty of the climb. A longer wheelbase, 35" tires, and lockers will be most helpful on this last obstacle. Many SUV's turn around at this point and return the way the came in, while the more equipped will continue past The Ladder to beautiful campsites on the other side. The southern exit will take you Forest Rd 7N75. We always make the loop back up to Hwy 4 and enjoy a burger at the Lake Alpine lodge :) One thing to take not of, ATV's are not allowed on this trail.

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Trail Information

Bear Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Allow about 3 hours
Stanislaus National Forest
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Dec 2018