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McCorkel Trail To Stars Rest Campground

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Fun run! Great views!


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7.9

Miles

12.7

KM

77%

Runnable

1,575' 480 m

High

426' 130 m

Low

2,152' 656 m

Up

2,153' 656 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views

Overview

Nice not too difficult trail you could probably day run if you feel ambitious.

Need to Know

It's quite a run from Stars Rest campsite to the water and the bathroom, not so much distance-wise but elevation. If you burn out or want to make it a loop take Camp Ohlone Road. It's much easier than McCorkel Trail with significantly less elevation change. Taking Camp Ohlone Road you'll also get great views of the river and "Little Yosemite".

Runner Notes

Loose gravel and dirt throughout.

Description

Some hilly sections that your legs will feel but nothing too hard. Really great views and depending on the season you might pass a few streams. We went in March after some rain and the hills were nice and green.

There's not a ton of tree cover on McCorkel so it will get very hot in the summer. Take Camp Ohlone Road to McCorkel Trail. rxH McCorkel Trail until you hit Cerro Este Road and take a left. You'll eventually hit McCorkel Trail again on your right.

Navigating really isn't difficult. You'll have some excellent views throughout the run especially of Calaveras Reservoir. Dogs aren't allowed overnight.

Flora & Fauna

You'll probably get very close to some cows. We also spotted what we think was a bobcat. There are lots of birds especially at Stars Rest which is right next to a bunch of trees and brush.

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Ethan Dea

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Mar 17, 2020 near East Fo…, CA
Revivor in the background.
Mar 26, 2021 near East Fo…, CA
Looking south from Cerro Este Rd by McCorkle Trail
Sep 6, 2018 near East Fo…, CA
Making herself big
Mar 17, 2020 near East Fo…, CA
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Mar 17, 2020 near East Fo…, CA

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