Dragoon Gulch Trail
Located in the City of Sonora, the Dragoon Gulch Trail provides its visitors with a unique opportunity to stroll through the Mother Lode's oak woodlands. The Dragoon Gulch Trail is a system of trails creating a 2 1/2 mile loop. The trails travel along a natural creek up to the vista that provides a spectacular view of the City and its surrounding mountain ranges. The trails vary in difficulty making it perfect for the casual walker and for those who want a strenuous hike or jog.
The main entrance to the Trail is located at Woods Creek Park. From the Bay Area and Central Valley take Highway 108 East to Highway 49 North into the City of Sonora. From Highway 49 turn left on Woods Creek Drive (across from the Mother Lode Fairgrounds) and follow the signs to the trail. If traveling south on Highway 49 into the City, stay on Highway 49 and turn right on Woods Creek Drive.
The secondary and ADA entrance for the Trail is located at the end of Alpine Lane. To access this entrance from the Bay Area and Central Valley, continue on Highway 49 North, then, at the Historic Red Church, turn left onto Snell Street. Take Snell Street to the first stop sign (about 1/3 mile), continue straight thought the intersection. The street name is now Bonanza Road. Go one block and turn right onto Calaveras Street. Go one block and turn left onto Alpine Lane. Take Alpine Lane to the first intersection (about 1/8 mile). There are no street signs at the intersection, just turn left and go one block through the gate to the Alpine Lane parking lot, which is just before the entrance to the trails. Remember the gate is locked at dark. If traveling south on Highway 49, turn right on School Street, near Sonora High School, then turn right on Snell Street and follow the directions above.
Woods Creek Park - Near the main trail entrance, this parking lot is accessed off of Highway 49. Kiosks display information about the Trail at this site.
Alpine Lane Parking Lot - The parking lot provides ADA access to the trail and is located off of Alpine Lane. The gate is locked at dark. Kiosks display information about the Trail at this site.
Restrooms for the Trail are located at its main entrance in Woods Creek Park
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