Gooseberry to Gianelli

April 13, 2019 · Stanislaus National Forest


11 mi

Elevation gain

2,500 ft


2 days

The trail

Check out the route in detail on AllTrails.

Sat Apr


Finding a trail

We had originally planned on heading to Bourland Meadow Trailhead to do the Hyatt Lake loop. We realized that it was still a little too early in the season, as the road to the trailhead was closed. We backtracked a little and headed to Dodge Ridge Ski Resort to use their WiFi to come up with an alternate plan.

The Internet connection was slow, but we were able to find a nearby alternative. Nothing was marked on AllTrails, but there was a dotted line that indicated a trail. It turned out to be a cross-country ski track, but mostly used for snowshoeing. We parked near the gate, packed up our gear, applied ample amounts of sunscreen, and set off.

At the trailhead we grabbed a free map of the area which came in handy. We didn't really have a final destination in mind, but figured we'd be able to do about 5 miles before getting tired.

We snaked along a network of trails, crossed a few downhill runs which were a part of the nearby resort, and ended on a high ridge with a nice view.

A dead tree provided lots of fuel for a campfire, and the sunset was beautiful.

Sun Apr


Down and back

In the morning we packed up, had a warm drink, and strapped on our snowshoes. The snow was crisp and firm which made it pretty easy going. We got back to the car within a couple hours.

Preparing for this trip

Here is some information that comes in handy when preparing for this trip like this.

Trip posted by KP