Central Sierra Nevada Horse Trails

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.

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Latitude: 37.229235 Longitude: -119.5060158 Elevation: 2587 ft
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Ann Bates

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 Distance

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

Vertical Gain or Loss

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

Trail Water and Watering Holes

Availability of water for horses is mentioned for each trail.

Parking and Horse Unloading Facilities

All mentioned in detail in the guidebook.

Eco-Friendly Notes

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

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.

Pet Friendly Notes

Lists campgrounds with accommodations for horses.


The trails in the two books are awesome! They are mapped and described well. Anybody considering camping with horses in Yosemite must have these books. They are the only horse trail books written about this area. Many, many trails in Yosemite! Wow. Good job ladies.

Rachel McDaniels, 2/24/2011

Trails listed are some of the best horseback riding trails in Yosemite. You will not find any trail books for equestrians in Yosemite. Well written and fairly easy to follow. Great pictures. The two books complement each other well.

Robert L. Vaughn, 3/18/2011

Having traveled to Yosemite National Park last summer with horses, this guide book was essential for us to find the horse friendly trails. The trails are well mapped and described. I don’t know that we could have found many of the trails without this book. I rate this an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10.

Sandra Dyer, 1/22/2012

I'm interested in your book, but before purchasing I would like to know if there are any trails available for driving a pony over them. Thank You, Ellen

Ellen Ewing, 1/7/2013

Ann and Sherry have published Volume II with another set of trails.

Lynda Harding, 3/30/2013

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