This easy to moderate hike begins at Woodchuck Basin parking area (elev. ~7800ft.) and climbs ~900ft. to the top of the divide between the Stanislaus and Mokulemne River basins. Total one-way distance is less than 2mi. First half of the hike is mostly forested. Second part is above the tree line with panoramic views of the Lake Alpine area and views further south toward Yosemite. At the crest there is a spectacular view of Underwood Valley and the Mokulemne basin to the north. For a more ambitious hiker, the trail continues on to Wheeler Lake which a couple miles further but still a manageable day hike from the parking lot. Those who enjoy wildflower viewing will want to take this hike in early Summer.
This trail is only accessible late Spring thru early Autumn due to seasonal road closures.
What to wear:
Comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes (light weight hiking shoes/ boots are recommended but not a necessity for this trail),hat, sunglasses, light jacket.
What to bring:
Water, snacks, rain gear, sunblock, camera, binoculars, first aid kit.
Although dogs are allowed on this trail, be advised that if you want to see the woodchucks for which the basin is named, you should leave Fido at home.