Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Vacation Cabins
Strawberry, which borders Highway 108 several miles past Pinecrest, has been a mountain retreat
for 150 years. Most of the early buildings have disappeared, but the charm of Strawberry still
draws thousands of visitors every year. One of the main attractions is the South Fork of the Stanislaus River which
runs through Strawberry, offering its restful murmur to visitors and providing a lively trout stream for anglers.
Several key businesses are found in Strawberry - the Strawberry Store and
the Strawberry Inn. They have become landmarks along Highway 108. Vacation Rental Cabins
are scattered around the residential sections of Strawberry, offering lodging for vacationers
year round. Many renters like Strawberry's close proximity to Pinecrest, Dodge Ridge, Leland High Sierra
Snowpark, and the rest of Sonora Pass.
The Strawberry Store sells just about anything you could need when heading up Sonora Pass or
passing the days right there in strawberry. The shelves are stocked with groceries, camping gear,
fishing supplies, and all the other odds and ends you might need.
In the winter the Strawberry Store sells Sno-Park passes for the winter parking area 6 miles
on up the road.
The store is a meeting place for people in the area. They stop by to talk with fellow Strawberry
residents or to sit on the porch and just pass the time watching the flow of people and cars.
Strawberry Inn is located on Highway 108 in Strawberry. It provides rooms for rent,
dining, and banquet facilities. It was established in 1939. Knotty pine, a stone fireplace, and
an excellent collection of paintings, sculptures and woodcarvings decorate the Strawberry Inn,
providing an accent to an already beautiful setting.
The Strawberry Inn is only a few miles from Pinecrest Lakes, Beardsley Reservoir, Dodge Ridge Ski Area, and Leland Meadows
Winter Play Area. The Inn overlooks the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. Rooms rent for $105 during the
off-season and $120 per night double occupancy during peak-season.
Dining offers tables overlooking the river and at their attached octagonal two-story gazebo.
209 965-3662 - or - Fax: 1-888-315-3096
The Rivers Resort
The Rivers Resort Office
The Rivers Resort is located on Highway 108 in Strawberry next to the Strawberry Store
and overlooking the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. They have 10 cabins scattered along 3 acres of
forest land. The cabins were built in the 1950s during the TriDam construction project. Most are two or
three-story homes with a rustic, knotty pine decor. Most have been remodeled. Many have views of the
The cabins come fully equipped with cooking supplies and linens. They have cable TV. They are housekeeping
cabins which means that you are expected to clean them upon your leaving, except for the linens.
(800) 514-6777 or (209) 965-3278
The South Fork of the Stanislaus River flows right through the heart of Strawberry
providing great fishing for anglers of all ages. The section of river between Strawberry and
Pinecrest Lake dam offers some productive little pools and riffles, while downstream from Strawberry
fly fishermen will find some excellent stretches of river.
For more information about fishing the Stanislaus River here, see
Dave's Sierra Fishing.
Two especially enjoyable hikes begin in Strawberry. The first is the short jaunt up
the side of the river to the Pinecrest Dam. The one mile hike begins at the parking lot next to the store.
Hike up Herring road between he store and the river. After a short distance it turns into a dirt road and
eventually a trail. Follow orange blazes painted on the trees. The route never wanders far from the river. The trail brings you out at the dam at
Pinecrest Lake. From there you could take the 4-mile hike around the lake.
The second hike is down the river along the railroad grade. To begin the hike, drive or walk up Old Strawberry
Road a short distance until you find a dirt road blocked by a single bar gate (shown right). You can follow this
gentle route 4 miles downstream to Fraser Flat. Restrooms and water are available at the Fraser Flat Campground just a short
distance farther down the north side of the river.
A few old buildings can be seen in the meadow downstream from the Strawberry Inn. Along the
side of the road there you will find a stone historical marker which talks about the way Strawberry
was named and about the early Sonora and Mono Wagon Road.
Strawberry's Early Times
The Strawberry Flat Ranch was established in 1853 up the road where Camp Blue is located. Wild strawberries there
gave rise to the name. When the Sonora and Mono Wagon Road was constructed along the route of Old Strawberry Road, the
river crossing became the site for a popular hostelry. Sonora residents, tired of the summer heat, would drive their
wagons up the road and camp at Strawberry for weeks or even months at a time. Fishing and hunting parties would
strike out into the back country from Strawberry.