Stanislaus National Forest
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Stanislaus National Forest Guide
The Stanislaus National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada. There you can fish in over 800 miles of rivers and streams, enjoy a comfortable cabin, stay in a campground, or hike into the backcountry seeking pristine solitude. You can swim near a sandy beach or wade into cold clear streams cooling your feet while lost in the beauty of nature, raft the exciting and breath-taking Tuolumne River, or canoe one of the many gorgeous lakes. You can ride a horse, a mountain bike or a snowmobile. Clearly the choice is yours in the special places of the Stanislaus National Forest.
These downloadable guides are updated annually, look for new editions in June.
Download 2015 Stanislaus Traveler Visitor's Guide
Download 2015 Summit - Miwok Districts Program & Activity Guide
Download 2015 Calaveras District Program & Activity Guide
The Stanislaus National Forest contains all of the Emigrant Wilderness and portions of the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wildernesses. These areas are closed to all motorized use. Livestock grazing and mining are permitted uses. The pristine and dramatic scenery as a backdrop offers outstanding hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding opportunities. Wilderness permits are required for overnight stays, and group size is limited. Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of streams, trails, or lakes.
During the gold rush, the area that would become the Stanislaus National Forest was a busy place, occupied by miners and other immigrants, homesteaders and ranchers, dam builders and loggers. Several railroads were constructed to haul logs out of the woods. Evidence of these activities still exist.
For more specific information visit the USFS Stanislaus National Forest page