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San Antonio Falls via Arnold Rim Trail

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8.2 miles out-and-back.

Difficulty Level:

Photo by @trailblazn_ and @katietyyy.


Know Before You Go:
From eastbound Highway 4, turn left on Avery Sheep Ranch Road and look for the trailhead around 1.5 miles on your right. The well-maintained route is popular for mountain biking, so stay alert. Leashed dogs are also welcome. Remember to leave no trace; wear shoes with traction; and bring plenty of water, lots of layers, and trekking poles for the steep sections.

Photo by John Michnowicz, courtesy of Go Calaveras.


Why We Love It:
With ample streams, dense forest, ridgetop views, and varied vegetation, this trail makes for a beautiful day out in nature. Oh, and did we mention all the award-winning wineries nearby? Bottoms up!

Photo by Dina Duquette @_mountain.dew_.


Fuel Up:
With an authentic ambiance and even more authentic food, generous portions, and all-day breakfast, El Vaquero is the perfect place to feed your Mexican cuisine craving. Locals love the homemade flan, bigger-than-your-face burritos, “Bob’s Special,” and sangria. Closed on Sundays.

Photo by Tomomi S.


Stanislaus National Forest:
Did You Know?

Records show the Stanislaus National Forest was inhabited as early as 9,000 BC (most recently by the Me-Wuk peoples) before becoming home to the largest mass migration in U.S. history: the Gold Rush.

Occupied by immigrants, miners, ranchers, and loggers, the forest quickly grew into a bustling center within the region; remnants include ditches that provided water to mines and several railroads used to transport logs from the area for ongoing development.

The forest earns its name from the headwaters of the Stanislaus River, originally named “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe” and later changed in honor of the Native American leader: Estanislao.

Visit the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum ( during your visit to learn more about one of our country’s oldest forests. 

For more information, visit

by Ryan Martinez

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