This three-foot narrow gauge railroad first operated under the name of the Hetch Hetchy & Yosemite Valley Railroad, starting in 1898. Located in Tuolumne the West Side Trail is part of a proposed State Wide Trail Corridor system. This trail is developed from the east boundary of the Tuolumne Township to approximately four miles beyond the Stanislaus National Forest boundary. Hikers, bikers, and horse riders use the trail.
When you leave your car, you will find a fantastic hike waiting for you. Be sure to take water and make a commitment to carry out whatever you take in. By doing this, the West Side Trail will offer a great experience for the next visitor.
Getting there from Sonora
Leaving Sonora, heading south on S. Washington St. toward Highway 108, turn left on CA-108 East, then take the Mono Way exit toward Route 108 Business. Turn right on Mono Way. Turn right onto Tulumne Road. Continue approximately 7 miles to Tuolumne. Turn left on Carter Street and go .3 mile; turn right on Buchanan Road. Cointinue for .5 mile and you will see the parking lot on the left just past the intersection of Buchanan and Miramonte Roads. The trailhead and kiosk 1 is down the stairs.
Getting there from Twain Harte:
From upper Twain Harte Drive at Highway 108, head southeast on Tuolumne Road North. Continue for 6.5 miles until you pass Black Oak Casino. Directly across from the main entrance to the casino, turn left on Carter Street and veer left on Buchanan Road. Continue for .5 mile and you will see the parking lot on the left just past the intersection of Buchanan and Miramonte Roads. The trailhead and kiosk 1 is down the stairs.