Create an account

Start your adventure today.


    Already a member? Login

    This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    24 m
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    1.6 km
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
    User Ratings
    These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
    Be the first to add a review!
    Directions to Trailhead

    Trail of the Gargoyles Hike


    Download an interactive map and guide on your phone today!

    Table of contents

    The Trail of the Gargoyles Hike is a scenic adventure in the Stanislaus National Forest that the whole family can enjoy! Hike along a rocky ridge that boasts views of unique geologic features and formations, and panoramas of the Sierras.

    Route Description for Trail of the Gargoyles Hike

    The Trail of the Gargoyles Hike is a wonderful excursion that the whole family can enjoy. Explore the unique granite spires and hoodoos that adorn the landscape marvel at the expansive views of the High Sierra. Note: there are several steep drop-offs, so be sure to keep children and dogs close! Additionally, though this exposed route offers incredible views, it warrants extremely warm conditions, so wear SPF and a sunhat in the summer months!

    Embark on your adventure from the trailhead off Forest Route 4N12. From here, the Trail of the Gargoyles Hike follows the interpretive trail southwest. Wander along this route, minding your footing on the rocky terrain. Admire the scenes of the unique geological features and the sights of the mountainous landscape.

    The trail’s end boasts an incredible overlook of the wilderness for you to indulge in before beginning your return. Then, when you are ready, head back the way you came back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Trail of the Gargoyles Hike Trailhead

    Find the trailhead off Forest Route 4N12.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:


    • When to do:


    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:


    • Route Signage:


    • Crowd Levels:


    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Trail of the Gargoyles Hike Elevation Graph

    Weather Forecast

    Check Area Weather


    No reviews
    Write a review

    Add a review

    You must be logged in to post a comment.


    Let someone else do the hard work, book a custom tour in over 85 countries.

    Chat with us on our contact page or fill out the form below!

    Nearby Trails

    10Adventures Trail App

    Take your trails online! Keep track of your route along the way.

    Download for free today.

    Get travel inspiration and discounts

    Join our weekly travel newsletter