Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California

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Pinecrest, California
Unincorporated community
Pinecrest, California is located in California
Pinecrest, California
Pinecrest, California
Coordinates: 38°11′19″N 119°59′27″W / 38.18861°N 119.99083°W / 38.18861; -119.99083Coordinates: 38°11′19″N 119°59′27″W / 38.18861°N 119.99083°W / 38.18861; -119.99083
Country United States
State California
County Tuolumne
Elevation 5,679 ft (1,731 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 209
GNIS feature ID 1659782[1]

Pinecrest is an unincorporated community in Tuolumne County, California, United States. Pinecrest is located near Pinecrest Lake northwest of Mi-Wuk Village. Pinecrest Lake is cradled in what was once a meadow surrounded by granite outcroppings. Emigrants called the area Strawberry Flat because of the wild strawberries that grew there. The campground adjacent to the lake is under the white fir, cedar, and sugar pine trees. For more information look up Pinecrest in the destination guide.

Pinecrest Lake is the last in a series of dams constructed on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. In the beginning the purpose was to divert water via ditches and flumes to the mining claims in and around Columbia.

The present dam at Pinecrest, previously called Lower Strawberry Reservoir Dam, was built by Sierra and San Francisco Power Company for hydroelectric power, the water is managed by Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD).

The U.S. Forest Service's Summit Ranger District station, is a mile from Pinecrest Lake. You can visit them and get information about a little trail across the street that winds through a few bark teepees. Pinecrest has a post office with ZIP code 95364.[2] The post office was established in 1917 and briefly closed from 1921 to 1923.[3]

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