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Pardoe Trail, Silver Lake Area 

Rating "5"



Pardoe Forecast



  Location: Pardoe Trail is located near Bear River Reservoir. Take HWY 88 to the Bear River Reservoir turn off, also named Bear River Road. Take the road down and across the Reservoir dam. The road follows the lake edge and then turns up the hill. After it turns up hill make the first left which continues to be Bear River Road. You will pass the Bear River Reservoir Group camp area and come to a four way intersection. Take the dirt trail to the left, It will be labeled 8N03F. 

  Description: Pardoe Trail goes up past Silver Lake along Squaw Ridge. The trail dead ends after 15 miles and about 9250', above the tree line. The upper trail is part of the historic Emigrant Trail. Most of the trail can be driven in two wheel but it does have some difficult areas such as the Rock Garden. There are no major water crossings. All the way up to July there can be sections of snow to break though. The upper section of the trail above the Plasse Trading Post site is more difficult with a couple tight rock sections. Take the trail out from Plasse Trading Post site by Mud lake, faster then back tracking all the way to Bear River Reservoir. The Mud Lake loop is a nice scenic trail but not difficult. The trail can be driven non-stop to the top and out by Mud Lake in 5 hours, but allow yourself plenty of stop time figure a full day of 8 to 9 hours on the trail.


    Recommended equipment: Almost any type of  4x4 vehicle can make it through, but some are easier than others. Stock Jeeps will do the job. Vehicles with a long wheel base will have a little trouble with some sharp turns. Tow hooks and straps are a must.  The less the vehicle is equipped the more work  you can expect.

  Accommodations: Several developed campgrounds around Bear River Reservoir and Silver Lake. Camping is aloud along the trail but in several areas the trail is the border for the Mokelumne Wilderness and camping in a wilderness area requires a permit.

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