Hike It, Bike It, Ride It, Run It, Arnold Rim Trail Association Gears Up For Great Summer Season
The Arnold Rim Trail is a non-motorized trail system designed for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. ART connects the many wonders of public lands along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway stretch of Hwy 4 to its communities, creating a high level of access for its residents and visitors.
Arnold Rim Trail Cyclists, Equestrians, Hikers, and Runners, mark your calendars now for these May activities: Wonderful Interpretive Nature Walks. Saturday, May 12th – Get to Know the Trees on the ART, hosted by Mary Anne Carlton. Saturday, May 19th – Explore the Natural & Cultural History of the ART, hosted by Nancy Muleady-Mecham, PhD. Volunteer Trail Building Mornings, May 19th. Trail mornings are always the 3rd Saturday of the month May through October. details below. Guided Sunset Hikes to Cougar Rock, Saturday, May 27th, 2018, will be our next sunset/full moon hike, for specific details and the entire season’s schedule of dates please see below.
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Saturday Interpretive Nature Walks. If you have never participated in one of Nancy or Mary Anne’s eductional walks, you are in for a treat. These two wonderful retired National Park Rangers and now Arnold Rim Trail Docents are knowledgable, engaging, humerous, and love to teach!
Saturdays April 21st 9am, May 12th 9am, and June 2nd 10am,
“Get to Know the Trees on the ART” Join retired National Park Service Ranger Mary Anne Carlton for a walk along the ADA portion of the Arnold Rim Trail and learn about how to identify the trees of the Arnold area. Meet at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum parking area in White Pines a 9am for the April 21st and May 19th walks and 10am for the June 2nd walk. The walk is about 1.5 hours. Bring water. Hike rain or shine.
Saturdays, April 28th and May 19th, both at 9am
Stroll along the Arnold Rim Trail and explore “The Natural and Cultural History of the Area” with National Park Service Ranger, retired, Nancy Muleady-Mecham, PhD. Meet at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum parking area in White Pines at 9am. The walk is two hours and two miles. Bring water. Hike proceeds rain or shine.
Volunteer Trail Building Mornings, third Saturday of each month from May through October: May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, and Oct 20.
All trail building mornings follow this pattern: Please meet at the US Forest Service Station in Hathaway Pines at 8:30 am. After a brief safety orientation by Jeffery Hilson, our Stanislaus Forest Service Trail Manager, we will carpool to the section of trail we will work that day. Since it often gets warm as the morning progresses, please bring layers, gloves, hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and water. Long pants are suggested as we encounter Poison Oak on occasion. If you have a favorite garden tool like loppers, bring those, but we will have tools for everyone. Folks from eight to eighty-eight are invited; children should have adult supervision. We wrap up by noon, sometimes a little earlier. If you have another obligation that day, feel free to depart sooner as needed.
Guided Sunset Hikes to Cougar Rock, scheduled near or on the date of the full moon: April 28, May 27, June 23, July 27, Aug 25, Sept 22, Oct 20
Watch the sunset from the top of Cougar Rock on this intermediate hike led by members of the Arnold Rim Trail Association. Distance is about 4 miles total, with 900 feet of elevation gain. If you haven’t done one of these hikes, you owe it to yourself to join the fun. They are scheduled to be near the day of the full moon each month, and they are special!
1) This is an intermediate level hike with 900 feet of elevation gain, the equivalent of a ninety story building. We take plenty of time with frequent stops. That said, it is not a hike for beginners. Please assess your level of conditioning. If you would struggle with a ninety story building, even with stops, please take a few weeks of regular training to make yourself ready. It’ll be worth the investment!
2) If this is your first time driving to the parking area, please do not approach on Valley View Drive from Avery Sheep Ranch Road. Instead please make your approach starting in Arnold by turning off Highway 4 onto Lakemont Drive followed by a quick left turn onto Valley View Drive. More travel instructions are below.
No sign-up needed, hike proceeds even if cloudy, but rain cancels. (And if the weather has been wet, please see caution below about road condition on dirt portion of Valley View Drive.) Bring layers, snack, water, bug repellant and flashlight as return hike is in the dark. If you sometimes use walking sticks, please bring them because about a quarter of a mile of the return downhill hike is rutted. We gather at the trailhead parking area one hour and forty five minutes before sunset, and depart one and a half hours before sunset. Return to the vehicles about three hours after departing, give or take.
Please arrive at the parking lot at least fifteen minutes before departure time for introductions (this hike attracts wonderful folks) and a brief orientation by the hike leader, as departure times are prompt:
April 28th, Saturday, arrive by 6:00pm, depart promptly at 6:15pm
May 27th, Sunday, full moon at arrive by 6:20pm, depart promptly at 6:35pm
June 23rd, Saturday, arrive by 6:40pm, hike departs promptly at 6:55pm
July 27th, Friday, arrive by 6:25, hike departs promptly at 6:40pm
Aug 25th, Saturday, arrive by 5:50pm, hike departs promptly at 6:05pm
Sept 22nd, Saturday, arrive by 5:00pm, hike departs promptly at 5:15pm
Oct 20th, Saturday, arrive by 4:20pm, hike departs promptly at 4:35pm
(Return to vehicles about three hours after departing.)
The parking area is at the intersection of Valley View Drive and 5N95Y. Drive 1.50 miles on Valley View Drive from the intersection of Lakemont Drive and Valley View Drive in Arnold. The first mile of Valley View Drive is paved, and the last 0.45 miles is dirt. Pay close attention to stay on the paved section of Valley View Drive and not get off on one of the side streets, because Valley View Drive curves around quite a bit during that first mile while it is paved. Please note there is no sign announcing that you have arrived at the parking area at the intersection of Valley View Drive with 5N95Y, but you will see the dirt road 5N95Y coming in from the right and also the parking area with picnic tables at that location.
The GPS coordinates of the parking area:
North 38 degrees 13.171, West 120 degrees 22.707
Caution: The last half mile of Valley View Drive is dirt and can be very slippery and muddy when wet due to the clay nature of the soil. In fact, when slick and wet, it can be difficult for two wheel drive vehicles to climb back up the hill from the trailhead to the paved section of Valley View Drive after the hike, a hill that presents no difficulty whatsoever in dry weather.