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Coast to Crest Trail - Pardee Reservoir

Updated on June 25, 2015

Trail Ride at Pardee

On the trail to the top.
On the trail to the top. | Source

Staging Area

A staging area is an area that has been designated by a park or campground where people can park their truck and trailer and prepare their horse(s) for the trail ride. There's usually fresh drinking water for your horses in a staging area as well.

Below is the staging area for the Coast-to-Crest trail at Pardee Reservoir.

Pardee Staging Area

Water trough
Water trough | Source

Plan Your Day

You'll have a much better experience if you plan your hike or horseback ride ahead of time, instead of just loading up and hitting the road. Water, snacks, change of socks, or maybe, even, a change of shoes, and a walking stick, can all come in handy, if not essential, when hiking or horseback riding.

  • Water - This one should be fairly obvious. Dehydration comes on quick in the warmer weather, as well as during the colder weather. A thermos of fresh water is a must.
  • Snacks - You may or may not want to bring snacks. I have kids, so they're an essential like water. It's about a 45 minute walk/ride to the top. Realistically you could make it up and back without a hunger pain, but what fun even a small picnic can make!
  • Shoes/socks - if you're prone to sweaty feet, an extra pair of socks will come in handy. Wear a pair of old faithful shoes if possible, or bring a spare pair. Sore feet can be the end all to a nice hike/ride.
  • Walking Stick - Yep, a walking stick. These here are the mountains. There ARE wild animals in the area. Cougars, coyotes, snakes, raccoons, skunks, they all live up here. A good walking stick is for more than just walking! It can be of great benefit if you meet a critter on the trail. If they are not on your immediate trail then simply ignore it and go around keeping a good distance, this is their home we are visiting. Keep the walking stick between you and the critter. Don't wave it around or strike anything with it. Use it if you must keep the critter from advancing on you. If they are on your immediate trail, then turn around and find another route. DO NOT CHALLENGE WILDLIFE.



Date: March 29, 2015

Temperature: 82 degrees

Feels like: 82 degrees

Winds: North East 2 -3 mph

Humidity: Mild

Fire danger: Low

Mood: Excited!

Pardee Reservoir Map


The Walk/Ride to the Top

The trail from the staging area at Pardee Reservoir to the top is easy. The first leg of the trail ride is to head west across a pasture to the road. There's bulls and cows grazing and resting, they won't bother you if you don't bother them. When you get to the gate, open it, and then make sure you close it behind you. Cross the road and open the next gate, and then close it behind you. Make sure you close the gates!

After crossing another pasture you'll find yourself at the foot of the hills. There is the slightest of inclines and depressions, but nothing to break a sweat over. The canopy of trees makes for a pleasant, cool, walk to the top.

The Trail

The Trail Weaves Pleasantly

The trail weaves around the trees and past some small meadows. The bird activity in March and April is like a chorus singing. The butterflies come in just about every shape, size and color! Some were the size of my hand, then others are as small as my fingernail, all white with orange tips on their wings.

When you're about to reach the top the trees suddenly stop and there's a gated fence. After you pass through the gate a huge, beautiful, expanse of scenery opens up in front of you. You have a clear 360 degree view. Mount Diablo stands tall far behind the Camanche Reservoir which are both straight ahead as you walk through the gate. To the right Pardee Reservoir with it's dams can be seen. The view is breathtaking. There are benches to sit on for the weary and there are places to tie your horse if you bring one, or more.

At the Top of Coast to Crest - Pardee Reservoir


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Coast to Crest trail passing through the Pardee Reservoir

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  • Msmillar profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Valley Springs

    I'm sorry, I assumed everyone knew, my bad. California

  • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

    Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

    3 years ago from Pennsylvania

    In what state is this?


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