Dodge Ridge Trail

Sonora, California 95373

Dodge Ridge Trail

Dodge Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Dodge Ridge Trail, also known as the Sierra Grandstand Tour, is a marked auto tour described on a leaflet put out by the forest service. It takes you through pine forests to the open top of Dodge Ridge, where several viewpoints overlook the Dardanelles, Bald Mountain, and Browns Meadow. The route described below follows the forest service tour in reverse, giving it a 3 difficulty rating because of a couple of loose, scrabbly climbs onto the ridge. In reverse, the drive rates a 2. Special Attractions: Scenic drive along the forest service’s marked auto tour; Sweeping views from Dodge Ridge that will appeal to landscape photographers and artists. 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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
2.5 hours
May to November, exact dates vary, best in dry weather
5,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
Stanislaus National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Hull Creek, Pinecrest, Strawberry, San Andreas, Bridgeport
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Nov 2018