Railroads were an indispensable part of life in the Central Sierra, ferrying people, equipment and raw materials up and down the slopes. It has been many years since the railroad served in the Stanislaus National Forest area. The footprint from these historic rails still remains. The path that trains once worked along are now excellent multi-use trails.
This trail follows the historic Sugar Pine Railway. It is lined with interpretive signs keyed to a brochure that describes the logging operations that were carried out here in the early and mid-1900s. A moderate bike ride, bring food and water and you can picnic along the route. The trail can be used year-round. Hiking and mountain biking are best in the spring, summer, and fall; you may cross-county ski on the trail during the winter months when snow permits.
Courtesy Requested: Some of the areas between Twain Harte and Lyons Dam are private property. Trail users, please respect this private property and keep to the trail.