Ghost Forest Trail
ElevationAscent: 151' 46 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 7,087' 2,160 m
Low: 6,980' 2,128 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A quiet route along Bridalveil Creek with access to Ostrander Lake Trails.”— David Hitchcock
The Ghost Forest Trail is fairly flat, making it an easy route through the woods. Around half a mile, a meadow opens up on the left hand side of the trail, where deer can be seen feeding in the early morning or evenings. From this point, the trail runs close to Bridalveil Creek for about a quarter of a mile before moving away from it. However, you can still hear the sound of the water making its way downstream. At .9 miles, the trail crosses a tributary that feeds Bridalveil Creek. This is tributary is easily crossed via a rock hop, but could be trickier in the spring as the snow melt feeds the creek.
From here, the trail begins to climb gently through an evergreen forest as it makes its way to the Ostrander Lake Trail. At a few points, the trail approaches the creek again and in certain places, its viewable below the trail. At 1.4 miles, the trail comes to a junction. If you continue straight, the trail continues its way toward Deer Camp and the Ostrander Lake Cutoff. If you turn to the left, the Ghost Forest Trail heads toward the Ostrander Lake Trail. The trail descends along a narrow track for about a quarter of a mile until you reach Bridalveil Creek. In the spring, this can be a difficult crossing due to the additional water from the snow melt. At other times in the year, this is an easy rock hop across the creek. The trail climbs away from the creek until it meets up with the Ostrander Lake Trail.
From here, you have several options. You can follow the Ostrander Lake Trail to the left for 1.5 miles until you reach a parking lot on Glacier Point Road, where you can catch a ride back to your car or follow the road back to Bridalveil Campground. If you go to the right, the Ostrander Lake Trail continues toward the lake. You can connect with the Ostrander Lake Cutoff and part of the Ghost Forest to Deer Camp Bypass to form a loop back to the Ghost Forest Trail. Or you can simply turn around and run back to your car. Due to the lack of views and location, this trail often provide the opportunity to find solitude in the woods.
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