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Central Sierra Nevada Horse Trails

Horseback Riding Trail
Cover Photo Half Dome from Pohono Trail by Glacier Point – Gary Bates

ADA Accessibility Notes

This book was written by two North Fork women who are known as avid trail riders, familiar with many of the horse trails in the area.

This handbook is a must have guide for the horse camper and trail rider in the Central Sierra and Yosemite. The 19 trails listed in this book include Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake, Fish Camp and Peckinpah Mountain, plus 3 lower elevation winter rides. Detailed information on riding time, trail type, months when trails are available, elevation, terrain, difficulty and facilities at trail-head are listed, as well as equestrian campgrounds and cabin rentals with horse accommodations. The contact list includes the Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger Station and the Yosemite Visitors Bureau, to name a few.

This book is the only horseback trail guide for the Central Sierra and Yosemite. There are no other written guides for many of the trails listed in this book. The book has over 100 pages and includes detailed driving and riding instructions. There are color and black and white photos for every ride. Of all the trail and hiking books in print, this is the only guide written for horseback riders. There are trails for beginners and trails for the more experience riders.

Eco-Friendly Notes

"Leave no trace" is stressed as well as not removing artifacts if found.

Parking and Horse Unloading Facilities

All mentioned in detail in the guidebook.

Pet Friendly Notes

Lists campgrounds with accommodations for horses.

Trail Distance

All of the trails listed are day rides ranging from 3 to 6 hours in length, not including stops.

Trail Rules and Restrictions

This handbook stresses the importance of proper trail etiquette, especially when sharing trails with hikers within Yosemite National Park. The book includes trails shared by pack and rental horses, and informs the reader which direction the horses travel and encourage the reader to do likewise.

Trail Water and Watering Holes

Availability of water for horses is mentioned for each trail.

Vertical Gain or Loss

Elevations range from 1,000 to 8,500 feet.

Nearby Places