Pa’san Ridge Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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3.5 km
Elevation
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132 m
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The Pa’san Ridge Trail is an excellent way to experience the San Joaquin River. Adventure through the meadow filled terrain and down into the valley of the boulder-lined river whilst admiring breathtaking views of the encompassing Sierra Nevada Mountains—what more could you ask for?

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Route Description for Pa’san Ridge Trail

The Pa’san Ridge Trail is an amazingly scenic adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Hike through lush meadowlands and down into the river valley. Here, the San Joaquin River is lined by granite outcrops that boast a beautiful scene of the crystal-clear waters. Hike along the riverbanks and over the bridge, exposing epic views down the corridor and bounding mountains. This versatile trail is also shared with horseback riders, so be mindful of passers-by! Note there is a fee to pay at the trailhead, which typically costs around $5USD.

Your journey along the Pa’san Ridge Trail begins from the trailhead off Smalley Road. From here, the Pa’san Ridge Trail begins to gradually descend, guiding you over a snowmelt stream and through meadowlands. Weaving between brush and grassy meadowlands, you will eventually near the banks of the San Joaquin River. Revel in the beauty of the gurgling waters and continue trekking down to the bridge. You will be granted wonderful views of the river valley from the bridge before crossing over to an overlook of the Kerckhoff Power Station.

Though the Pa’san Ridge Trail continues, this is the point where we turned around. To get back to the trailhead, head back simply retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Pa’san Ridge Trail Trailhead

The Pa’san Ridge Trail departs from the trailhead at the Yeh-Gub-Weh-Tuh Campground off Smalley Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Yeh-Gub-Weh-Tuh Campground

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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