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 ½ 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.
LENGTH - 2.5 Mile Loop
HOURS - Dawn to Dusk
Easy to Strenuous
SURFACE - The South Creekside Trail
is surfaced and
ADA accessible, the
North Forest Trail is paved,
and all other trails are
The Master Plan details the
proposed expansion of the trail system along with
other recreational facilities to be included on the
site. The City of Sonora has partnered with the Tuolumne
County Transportation Council to fund the environmental
analysis that needs to be completed prior to proceeding
with the project. Funding for the project, either in
whole or in phases, is currently being sought.
CAMPING - No Camping
FEES - No Fees
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
The secondary and ADA entrance for the Trail is
located off of Alpine Lane. To access this entrance,
from the Bay Area and Central Valley continue on Highway
49, 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 through 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 thru the gate to the Alpine Lane parking
lot, which is just before the entrance to the trails.
Remember that 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
City of Sonora,
Grants/Redevelopment Department, 94 N. Washington
Street, Sonora, CA 95370, (209) 532-7725, Fax (209)
BACKGROUND – The Dragoon Gulch Trail Project
officially began in 2002 with the City’s receipt of a
$500,000 Roberti-Z’Berg-Harris Nonurbanized Area Grant (RZH).
The 35 acre site had been slated for residential
Dr. Audrey Glover, was in support of the City’s efforts
and sold the property to the City at a reduced rate.
The remaining grant funds have been used to develop the
2.5 mile looped trail. The Stanislaus National Forest’s
Trail Crew and Baseline Conservation Camp assisted the
City with trail development.
Through an additional $500,000 RZH Grant, the City
purchased the adjacent 67 acres from Mr. Robert and Mrs.
Grace Cutler. The Cutlers, who supported the trail
project, sold the property to the City at a reduced
rate. In the future, trails will be developed on this
property as well and incorporated within the Dragoon
Gulch Trail System.
The development of the Dragoon Gulch Trail was
accomplished with the assistance of many individuals and
agencies, without who, this project would not have
become a reality.