Sierra foothills trails

Enjoy pristine lakes, oak-studded canyons, abundant wildflowers and a wide array of wildlife along the 37 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.

Interested in exploring East Bay trails? EBMUD also has 80 miles of hiking and horseback-riding paths that wander through 27,000 acres of open space in the East Bay.  You'll find parking at five staging areas and water on the trails for horses.

EBMUD carefully manages watershed lands to protect water quality - so please, follow rules and have your permit with you.

How to purchase trail use permits

Permits can be purchased for $3/one day, $10/one year, $20/three years, and $30/five years. Upon request, a free trail map is included with your purchase. Trail permit holders can take members of their immediate family and 3 guests. Permits are not transferable.

  • Online: Purchase and print trail use permits online.
  • By mail: Download the application below and mail it with your payment to EBMUD.
  • In person: Pick up 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)
    • The recreation area gates at Camanche North Shore or Camanche South Shore (7 days a week)
    • The recreation area gate at Pardee Reservoir (7 days a week, February 12 - July 10, 2015)


Learn more about volunteer workdays, tours and other events that EBMUD is offering directly or in partnership with other organizations. Please check back often for the latest updates.


Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

You'll find 29 miles of continuous Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) 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 divided by the 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 South. Cooks Mesa has 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 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 (livestock are excluded from the canyon section for safety reasons).

When you purchase a trail permit, you may request the "Trails of the Pardee & Camanche Watersheds" map, which features the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. An excerpt of the map is available below; it includes trail locations, a vicinity map and a trail guide.

Trail information on the go

Plan your trip to the Mokelulmne Coast to Crest Trail using the trail map below, or download our kmz file (Google satellite) to your mobile GPS device. You may also download Google Earth to view the file. This data represents the most current digital depiction of the trail and trail features.



phone: (209) 772-8204

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (kmz)

Trail details


Trails, staging areas and access points are open from sunrise to sunset.


All trails require an EBMUD trail permit.


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.