Hiking Herring Creek Road, Stanislaus National Forest

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  • Location: Herring Creek Road, Stanislaus National Forest, Strawberry, California
  • Distance: 3.3 miles (out and back)
  • Ascent: 521 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

The last of our big hikes from my New Years trip to my cabin in the mountains (see hike #1 and hike #2 respectively), this started out a bit eventfully — we initially drove up the mountain to see where the road closed (which turned out to be kind of lame and boring, thought there would be more to see), we then drove down to where we initially wanted to hike, and turns out the entire area was taken over by a sledding hill with no real way of getting to the hiking trail (not to mention we were wearing hiking clothes, not snow boots.)

It was getting late and I was worried about getting home before dark, and turns out I shouldn’t have worried at all — we found another hike (really, a fire road where people go four-wheeling, but I’ll take it), and it turned out to be super lovely, especially with the sunset.

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See what I mean about the fire roads? But my trusty doggie companion never minds it (I do though, trails are best, but again, you take what hikes you can get sometimes.)

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There were still some patches of snow up here, but only on the shady side of the mountain.

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Unfortunately logging does happen open up here, but they do leave some trees so you get some nice sections like these where the trees are like giants standing around you.

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A stool? Okay…

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My friend and the trusty doggies.

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And the sunset started peaking over the hill…

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…casting gorgeous red light over the forest.

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Man, am I glad we found this hike. Simply magical at the end.