Sierra Foothills Trails
Enjoy pristine lakes, oak-studded canyons, abundant wildflowers and a wide array of wildlife can all be enjoyed along the 36 miles of EBMUD trails in the Mokelumne River area of the Sierra Foothills. These trails are open for hiking and horseback riding, and traverse 31,000 acres of protected watershed along the Mokelumne River.
EBMUD protects these watershed lands to ensure a safe water supply. For this reason, all trail users must follow the use rules and have a valid trail permit issued by EBMUD.
How to Purchase Trail Use Permits
Permits can be purchased for $2.50/one day, $10/one year, $20/three years, and $30/five years. A free trail map is included with your purchase.
- Purchase and print annual trail use permits online
- Download an annual trail use permit application below and send it in with your payment to EBMUD
Obtain annual or one-day trail use permits at:
- Mokelumne Watershed and Recreation Headquarters, 15083 Camanche Parkway S, Valley Springs, CA 95252; (209) 772-8204 (Monday-Friday)
- Camanche South Shore, Camanche North Shore, and Pardee Recreation Area gates (7 days a week)
Hours: Trails, staging areas and access points are open from sunrise to sunset.
Permits: All trails require an EBMUD trail permit.
Dogs: There are no EBMUD trails in the Mokelumne area that allow dogs. In the East Bay, dogs are allowed on Oursan Trail, Hampton Trail and Kings Canyon Loop. They must be kept on-leash at all times.
Contact: EBMUD Mokelumne Watershed and Recreation Headquarters (209) 772-8204
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
On EBMUD lands, 29.2 miles of continuous Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) are open to trail users.
Cooks Mesa Trail Access Point: To make day trips easier between Camanche South Shore Staging Area and the Campo Seco Staging Area, the 12.4 mile distance is now broken up by the new Cooks Mesa Trail Access Point. The new trail access is 3 miles from the Camanche South Shore Staging Area, 10 miles from the Campo Seco Staging Area, and 100 yards south of the Mokelumne Watershed Headquarters on Camanche Parkway S. Cooks Mesa has potable drinking water, handicap-accessible chemical toilets and limited parking. Trailers are prohibited due to the small parking area.
- Patti's Point: A popular section of trail, the Patti's Point to James Bar trail is a short but steep segment of the MCCT which descends east from Patti's Point down to James Bar (off Gwin Mine Road.)
- Rich Gulch Trail: For a moderate hike (4.2 miles round trip), head east from Rich Gulch to the Middle Bar Access Point. You'll follow the river canyon to the Middle Bar Bridge, and pass through an area rich in history.
- Middle Bar through Independence Flat: In October 2012, EBMUD opened this last section of Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail on District land. Since the trail alignment east of Highway 49 isn't established yet, trail users should enter and exit at the Middle Bar Trail Access Point. The trail offers a loop aspect for pedestrians, following the narrow gauge along the river canyon (stock are excluded from the canyon section for safety reasons).
When you purchase a trail permit, you will receive the "Trails of the Pardee & Camanche Watersheds" map, which features the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. An excerpt of the map is available below, and includes trail locations, a vicinity map and a trail guide.
For more detailed information about the Mokelumne Area trails, ADA access for the disabled, and how you can volunteer to help build and maintain trails, see the PDF files below which can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.
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