Join MountainGeist on a guided hike of our local Arnold Rim Trail (ART). You will explore single-track hiking trails and forest roads as they meander through thick mid-elevation forests and to breath-taking vistas. Also come face-to-face with the remnants of the bark-beetle as your guide will provide natural interpretation.
The experience may be tailored to 3-6 miles, ranging from 2 to 4 hours in duration. The shorter out-and-back variation is perfect for beginners with only a few hundred feet in elevation gain ending in a spectacular panorama!
Those seeking more physical activity can choose the 6-mile loop (or longer) featuring additional elevation gain to the ART ridge and Manual Peak featuring more scenic viewpoints and less traveled sections of the ART. We can also accommodate guests with physical limitations on other parts of the ART which are relatively flat and easy to negotiate.
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Arnold Rim Trail Scenic Hike
Arnold Area, Stanislaus National Forest
Spring, Summer, Fall
Half Day: 2-6 hours
Easy to Moderate
From $60 PP
Expert Outdoor Guide
Natural, historic and cultural interpretation
Guide will carry all necessary navigational tools: map, compass, GPS
First Aid kit carried by guide trained in wilderness first aid
Water at trailhead (bottle/s)
Water filtration while on trail
Light trail snacks – may contain nuts
USFS permits and guiding fees (does not include park entrance fees)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Transportation to/from trailhead (we will caravan from a central meeting location)
Personal Park Entry Fees (where appropriate and driving separately)
Please call for equipment rental options for specialized gear (bikes, boats, paddleboards, etc.)
WHAT TO BRING
Light day pack
Comfortable hiking shoes with grippy soles
Comfortable outdoor clothing – synthetic, non-cotton is recommended
Sunscreen (SPF 30+) and SPF rated lip balm
Additional top insulating layer of clothing (e.g microfleece or ‘puffy’)
Wind/Water resistant jacket (top shell)
WHAT TO BRING
Small trail binoculars
Personal water bottle or hydration pack: 1-liter minimum recommended
Additional trail snacks (especially those with dietary restrictions or allergies)
Headlamp or small flashlight
Wind/Water resistant pant shell (weather dependent)
Nitty Gritty Details
Scheduled Days of Experience
Arnold Rim Trail experiences are offered year-round as weather allows during weekends and holidays. Call to book. Private experiences may be booked during the week days with prior arrangement.
Meeting Time and Place
Upon booking, you will be provided an exact time and meeting location which will can be tailored up or down the highway 4 corridor to accommodate our guests.
All transport to and from the trailhead will be in your personal vehicle. The group will caravan together from the meeting location to the trailhead.
Challenge, Terrain and Duration
The challenge level of this experience is from Easy to Moderate. Your guide will lead you on well-established trails which can be uneven at times. The experience can be modified from 3-6 miles, ranging from 2 to 4 hours. The shorter out-and-back variation is perfect for beginners with only a few hundred feet in elevation gain ending in a spectacular panorama! Those seeking more physical activity can continue on a 6-mile loop featuring additional elevation gain to the ART ridge and Manual Peak featuring more scenic viewpoints and less traveled sections of the ART. The elevation of this trailhead is 4,000 feet with a maximum elevation of 4445 feet. We can accommodate some guests with physical limitations on other parts of the ART which are relatively flat and easy to negotiate – call to discuss options!
Local Favorite – While you can expect to see a few other locals sharing the trails and views, few out-of-town visitors will find their way to the areas of the Arnold Rim Trail your guide will take you!
You may expect anywhere from two to eight other ‘adventurers’ on your shared experience. Private experiences are available.
Generally, we encourage each participant to consider their ability in meeting the “challenge” level outlined in each experience rather than adhering to strict age limits. While we recommend a minimum age of 10 on this experience, we would consider younger ages with relevant hiking experience.
Shortly before the scheduled day of the experience, a trip packet will be sent to the contact email who booked the experience. You will be provided trip details, trailhead information, weather forecast update, and reminders on what to pack and what to expect. You will also receive a liability waiver and a few other items to fill out prior to the day of the experience which will be returned via email or delivered in person to the guide at the meeting location.
As with parking in any remote location, we encourage you to leave any valuables at home and lock anything remaining of value in your trunk or out of site. Due to wildlife considerations, we discourage leaving food or scented items in your vehicle. There are generally no bear boxes at the trailheads where we will be parking, so leave what you don’t need on the hike at your home, hotel or rental.
Park Entry Fees
Some experiences may take place within parks or recreational areas that require a personal entry fee. When traveling in your separate personal vehicle following the guide, you will be responsible for any park entry fees where appropriate. Most trailheads in the Stanislaus National Forest do not require an entry fee or collect parking fees during non-winter seasons.
Need recommendations for lodging before or after your experience? Don’t hesitate to call us and we can help provide information.
You will start at a trailhead elevation of TBD feet with terrain variations less than +/- TBD feet throughout the ride.
This experience is open to the public and single participants will join a larger group.
Pricing per person (PP) based on number of people in booking party (not total group size).
Discounts provided to parties booking with 2 or more people.
“Solo” pricing option available on experiences that do not book multiple participants (it does not refer to a private experience).
Non-refundable deposit required upon booking. $25 per person for open trips or 20% of the total price for private trips.
Private group experience upgrade fee of $200 per group.
Call for details about private groups, corporate events and custom experiences
Refunds offered up to 48-hours in advance of all day or half-day trips (7-days in advance of all multi-day trips) less the non-refundable deposit unless cancelled by MountainGeist in which a full refund or credit will be offered.
Single-participant, non-private experiences (public experiences that only book a single participant), will have the option to either upgrade to a “solo” price experience or cancel 48-hours in advance with a full refund. The “solo” option may be designated at time of booking as well.
Pricing Based on Half-Day
$95 / PP
$75 / PP
$60 / PP