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For a printed version, visit one of the following locations:
* Angels Camp: Calaveras County Visitors Bureau

* Hathaway Pines: Calaveras Ranger District Office

* Arnold: Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, Sierra Nevada Logging Museum,   Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center



Sunset/Full Moon Guided Hike

Watch the sun set from the top of Cougar Rock on this moderate hike led by Arnold Rim Trail Association Steering Committee member Dave Edney*. Distance is about 4 miles total, with 900 feet of elevation gain. If you haven't done one of these hikes, you owe yourself the treat. They are scheduled to be near the day of the full moon each month, and they are special!

No sign-up needed, hike proceeds even if cloudy, but rain cancels. Bring layers, snack, water, bug repl and flashlight (return hike is in the dark). Please arrive at the trailhead about an hour and forty five minutes before sunset. For example, June 28th please arrive in parking lot at 6:45pm. Depart parking lot promptly at 7:00pm. Sunset on June 28th will be at 8:30pm.

Return to vehicles about three hours later give or take. Questions? Contact Dave Edney at 209-795-5931. He is a fabulous guide and looks forward to answering your questions. Dave often posts additional information about his hikes on facebook. Navigate to "Arnold Rim Trail Association" in your facebook search field.

The parking area is 1.45 miles from the intersection of Lakemont Drive and Valley View Drive. The first mile of Valley View Drive is paved, and the last 0.45 miles is dirt. Please note that the dirt road is often rutted. Also, pay close attention to stay on the paved section of Valley View Drive and not get off on one of the side streets, because it curves around quite a bit.

Here's a link to Google Maps that shows the drive from the intersection of Lakemont Drive and Valley View Drive to the intersection of Valley View Drive and Forest Rte 5N95Y. The trailhead parking lot is at the intersection of Valley View Drive and 5N95Y on the right. (Please note may not be a sign announcing that you have arrived at 5N95Y or the parking area, but you will see the dirt road coming in from the right and also the parking area at that location.)

Here's a link that shows you the location of the trailhead.

The GPS coordinates of the parking area:
North 38 degrees 13.171, West 120 degrees 22.707

Hikes will be held on the following days:

   May 31, 2015

   July 2, 2015

   July 4, 2015

   July 31, 2015

   August 29, 2015

   September 27, 2015

   October 25, 2015



Current access points to the Arnold Rim Trail are from the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, Valley View Road, and Avery Sheep Ranch Road.


The northern terminus of the Arnold Rim Trail is at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in the community of White Pines. From the museum's parking lot, look for the start of the trail across the adjacent gravel road. The first mile is paved and gently graded for wheelchair accessibility.

        * Directions: From eastbound Highway 4 in Arnold, veer left onto Blagen Road just past the Chevron gas station. Follow Blagen Road for approximately one mile through the community of White Pines. Turn left on Dunbar Road, following signs for Hazel Fisher School and Logging Museum. Just past White Pines Lake, turn right at the giant pencil that marks the Logging Museum entrance. Please respect the signs demarcating parking spaces reserved for the Museum.

        * Special Note for Equestrians: The paved portion and roughly the next mile  (which includes an easement across private propoerty) are closed to horses. Instead, follow the "Equestrian Bypass" that will connect with the main trunk of the Arnold Rim Trail after crossing San Antonio Creek. To get to the start of the Bypass, turn right on Forest Road 5N56 just past the Logging Museum. At the first road intersection, turn left to stay on Forest Road 5N56. Stay on 5N56 for approximately another mile. After keeping right at the next junction (with a private road), look for a small turnout on the left and an Arnold Rim Trail signpost. This turnout is not conducive to most horse-trailer parking. The easiest parking for trailers is near the Courtright-Emerson Ball Field on the north end of White Pines Lake. However, no signed route currently exists to direct you from the Ball Field to the Bypass. You will need to navigate your own way to the Logging Museum and then follow the above directions along the forest road to the start of the Bypass. Refer to the map at the top of this page for a visual aid.

The access off this road provides
the shortest route to destinations like Cougar Rock and Top of the World. The dirt portion of Valley View Road can be slick with mud after rains or snows. Beyond the first half-mile of dirt on the northern stretch, this county road also has a tendency to become deeply rutted and nearly impassable to low clearance vehciles.

        * Directions: From eastbound Highway 4 in Arnold, turn left on Lakemont Drive. Veer left at the first junction onto Valley View Drive. Follow Valley View Drive for one mile through the residential area (please respect the 25 mph speed limit). Once the road turns to dirt, follow for another 0.5 mile. The parking area will be on your right and is currently noted with a non-descript parking symbol on a bulletin board. The "P9" access trail that joins to the Arnold Rim Trail is in the southwest portion of this large turnout.

AVERY SHEEP RANCH ROAD:  In Avery, from Eastbound Highway 4, turn left onto Avery Sheep Ranch road.  Trail head is approximately 1.5 miles on your right.



  1. Please respect private property rights of any adjacent homes near the trail so that the ART remains a "good neighbor trail"
  2. Stay safe- hike with a friend!
  3. Please no smoking or campfires- we live in a high fire hazard area.
  4. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
  5. Share the trail- horses, bicycles and hikers are all welcome- we all need to get along. Remember, horses have the right of way for the safety of everyone. When you meet horseback riders, stand quietly on the side of the trail and let them pass. If you are on a bicycle, it is best to dismount and stand quietly as they pass by. Remember to say "howdy"!
  6. Are Dogs allowed on the Trail?

    Dogs on the ART are under the same Calaveras Coumty Statute as anywhere else in the County.  Dogs are to be on a leash, or under the immediate voice command of owner.  We would emphasize that voice command means voice command!  You know your dog, and if he or she is inclined to chase bicycles or horses in spite of your voice commands, we humbly ask that you leash your pup.  We celebrate the fact that we have equestrians, cyclists and hikers sharing the trail harmoniously. Thanks for your understanding.

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