James Bar Trail

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Waypoints (KMZ file) download page. Includes James Bar. After downloading, view in a GPS app like Google Earth. This file is modified slightly from the original EBMUD KMZ file to highlight MCCT and day hikes.



  • Easy .4 mile to lower log boom.
  • For those wishing to hike further, a moderately challenging trail continues on for another .4 mile to Gunsight Pass
  • Peaceful
  • Scenic views

Permitted uses

  • horseback riding (access from Campo Seco trail head staging area located west of the trail)
  • hiking

Trail Accessible

The first .2 of a mile to Upper Log Boom is a gentle grade suitable for wheelchair access. Those trail users with mobility challenges now have a more inviting opportunity to get off the pavement and enjoy nature on the first half.

James Bar Trail Description

  • Permitted trail  – purchase trail use permit online before your trip. Permit applies to you, your family, and 3 guests
  • .4 mile one way to Lower Log Boom, .8 mile to Gunsight Pass
  • Altitude change = +55 feet, gently sloped
  • Accessible outhouse at James Bar
  • Split rail fence defines edge of public access at James Bar
  • No dogs allowed on this portion of the EBMUD trail system

The .4 mile segment between Rich Gulch Trail Access Point parking area and Lower Log Boom is a gentle grade. The remaining .4 mile to Gunsight Pass is moderately challenging  The trail traverses alongside the intermittent Rich Gulch Creek and the upper end of the Pardee Reservoir River Arm. The native boulder vehicle barrier incorporates an opening for trail access designed for wheelchair navigation. “4 Wheel Bob” Coomber, a frequent Coast to Crest Trail hiker, visited the James Bar trail in 2010.

Trail users may want to stop and use the new bench at James Bar to reflect and enjoy the peaceful setting.


Camanche Recreation Area Campgrounds – North and South

Pardee Recreation Area Campgrounds

Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground

Note: Because of the intense boating & water activities at Camanche Reservoir from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Camanche campgrounds fill, but not Turkey Hill or Pardee Recreation Area Campgrounds.

Pardee Recreation Area is closed November through January.

Side Trips

  • continue West, past Gunsight Pass to Patti’s Point, named for longtime MCCT supporter Patti Garamendi, wife of the Honorable John Garamendi, U.S. Representative for CA-10.

Parking at Rich Gulch Trail Access Point

  • Please, no trailers – parking is primitive and narrow
  • directions about 1.7 miles from Paloma Rd & 4.1 miles from Hwy 49 in Jackson

James Bar Trail Safety

  • Sign in at trailhead & carry your permit, use between sunrise and sunset
  • Stay on trails, entering the water is prohibited for you and your horse
  • Pack in your own water and snacks
  • Carry a GPS and bring a friend along
  • Signage – Where the trail is signed it is marked at intervals with oval green, beige and white logo signs on 4×4 trail posts
  • Leave-No-Trace—The MCCT Council supports and encourages LNT practices while on the trail
  • Camping – Not allowed on the trail
  • Fire – Fire danger can be extreme, and fires, camp stoves, and smoking are prohibited

James Bar trail was designed, built, and signed by EBMUD and EBMUD Trailbusters.

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