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Lumsden Bridge Road Professional Review and Guide
"This easygoing trail takes high-clearance vehicles down a gradual shelf road to the Tuolumne River. It follows the river for a while before climbing toward California 120. The trail commences on Northern Sierra #1: Clavey Bridge Road and almost immediately becomes a shelf road. The surface is rough enough that a passenger vehicle is not advised, but a highclearance 2WD should have little trouble in dry weather. The shelf road has ample passing places. The trail descends past oak and curl-leaf mahoganies in the shadow of Jawbone Ridge. As the views open up, you can see up and down the Tuolumne River Valley in both directions. After about 2.9 miles, a lightly used hiking trail of moderate difficulty heads down along the Tuolumne River to its confluence with the Clavey River. The start of the hiking trail can be difficult to find. Special Attractions: Easy trail that follows the Tuolumne River, a designated Wild and Scenic River; Popular rafting and kayaking put-ins and many angling opportunities; Choice of three USFS campgrounds. 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."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Northern California (Adler Publishing ).
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