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    Arnot Creek Trail

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    9.7 km
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    297 m
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    The Arnot Creek Trail is an unassumingly beautiful adventure through the tree-burned valley bounded by craggy granite bluffs. Located amongst towering Sierra summits, wandering along the snowmelt stream, hiking the Arnot Creek Trail makes for a relaxing experience.

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    Route Description for Arnot Creek Trail

    The Arnot Creek Trail would be an excellent addition to your Stanislaus National Forest hiking itinerary. This wonderful trail offers a great workout, motivating adventurers with beautiful scenery every step of the way. Note much of this path is exposed, so make sure to wear SPF and a sunhat to avoid overexposure. Additionally, the terrain is rocky and uneven, so take your time and mind your footing!

    Setting out from the Arnot Creek Trailhead, track north along the Stanislaus NF Road 7N39Y. This path will travel up a gradual incline through Woods Gulch and along Arnot Creek. As you hike further into the wilderness, you will notice that there is plenty of tree burn from a previous wildfire. Enjoy the scenes of the encompassing granite bluffs and sights of Iceberg Peak. Eventually, you will reach an intersection, veer right onto the Highland Lakes-Arnot Creek Loop.

    Hike this scenic path northeast along the gurgling waters of Arnot Creek. Though you can continue along this route longer, we turned around at the bend between Iceberg Peak and Lightning Mountain. When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps the way you came to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Arnot Creek Trail Trailhead

    Access the trailhead off Stanislaus NF Road 7N83.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Backcountry Camping, wilderness permit required.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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