Trumbull Peak Trail

Coulterville, California

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Trumbull Peak Trail is a short, moderately difficult loop that starts and finishes on High Sierra #28: Old Coulterville Road. The formed trail follows a shelf road along the west side of Trumbull Ridge, following the path of the old railroad grade. As it winds around the mountainside, there are views over Anderson Basin and across to Grizzly Mountain. The trail surface is easygoing in dry weather, but it can be greasy after rain. Some short sections of the trail are lightly brushy. Special Attractions: Views from Trumbull Peak of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park; The old fire lookout and cabin on Trumbull Peak. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Northern California

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Backcountry Adventures: Northern California

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Trumbull Peak Trail is a short, moderately difficult loop that starts and finishes on High Sierra #28: Old Coulterville Road. The formed trail follows a shelf road along the west side of Trumbull Ridge, following the path of the old railroad grade. As it winds around the mountainside, there are views over Anderson Basin and across to Grizzly Mountain. The trail surface is easygoing in dry weather, but it can be greasy after rain. Some short sections of the trail are lightly brushy. Special Attractions: Views from Trumbull Peak of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park; The old fire lookout and cabin on Trumbull Peak. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Coulterville
Distance: 7.9
Trail Type: Several options
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: May to November, best in dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,400 feet
Local Contacts: Stanislaus National Forest
Local Maps: USGS El Portal, Yosemite Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Trumbull Peak Trail

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