Trails: The West Side Trail, just outside Tuolumne, California, has been enjoyed by local residents and visitors for many years. In 2012, several agencies joined together to create interpretive panels that would provide visitors a glimpse of the history that makes this trail so special. Those who explore this trail know it was from a former railroad. A few hikers may even know it was a narrow-gauge railway from the glory days of the West Side Lumber Company. But only a handful of visitors can tell you of the rich tales that this trail holds.
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.