Lumsden Bridge Road

Sonora, California

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."

Lumsden Bridge Road Reviews

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Took a fully loaded dodge Caravan (family of 5 with camping gear) down to south Fork CG. Not recommended, but doable. Bottomed a few times. Big group of VW bus campers at Lumsden CG: cute! In the spring and early summer: rafters and kayakers. In the fall: expect hunters. Trout fishing too. Campground has a lot of brass, ie, expended cartridges. Some people find this bothering. The kids now call this trip "death gorge". They thought the road was scary, but I thought it was quite safe, just rough.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
April to November
1,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,500 feet
Top Elevation
Stanislaus National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Duckwall Mountain, Jawbone Ridge, Oakdale
Local Maps

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Jun 2018