April—Start planning your summer vacation to the mountains!
There are wonderful things to do the this area.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park—Camping and Hiking
Free Guided Hikes at Calaveras Big Trees.A New Parks Reservation System is coming to California. California State Parks is excited to announce “ReserveCalifornia”, the new camping and tour reservations service coming AUGUST 1, 2017. Between now and August 1, 2017, continue to make reservations through ReserveAmerica.com as you do today. Beginning August 1, 2017, use ReserveCalifornia.com to make or modify your camping or tour reservations.
The North Fork of the Stanislaus River has some of the most technical Class IV whitewater rafting inCalifornia. The North Fork of the Stanislaus River (also known as the “Stan”) starts at 4,000 feet and hurtles six miles, at a 70 feet per mile gradient, down to the feet of some of the most massive trees you’ll ever see—the Giant Sequoia groves of Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Northern California. River rafting tours are available. Want some thing a little less aggressive. Try lake kayaking at Lake Alpine rent a kayak and go!
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in Arnold
This Logging Museum can see not just a working model of a lumber mill, but the historical and biographical materials that explain why a particular living person at a particular lumber company built a particular type of mill at a particular geographic location at a particular time. The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of logging in the Sierra Nevada region. Located, 2148 Dunbar Rd, Arnold, CA.
Wine Tasting—Top Wineries on the Calaveras/Murphy Wine Trail
Plan to do the Calaveras/Murphys Wine Trail on two separate days. On the first day drive from Murphys to Vallecito and begin with Twisted Oak Winery. On the second day you may stay in downtown Murphys and take a day to stroll, shop, taste, and have lunch.
- Twisted Oak Winery – Zany tasting room but seriously good wine
- Irish Vineyards – Small family-run winery
- Chatom Vineyards – Nice picnic, beautifully-balanced wine
- Indian Rock Vineyards – best picnic spot, 21 varieties of wine
- Murphys Downtown Tasting Rooms – 18 to visit
Biking in the Sierras – Lake Alpine Loop
This is a stunningly scenic ride with some of the “funnest singletrack” in the area. In general, the trails have very low traffic with beautiful views of Bear Valley from the Osborn Crest Trail and Lake Alpine from the South Emigrant Trail.
Start at the intersection of the Bear Valley to Alpine Lake Trail just southeast of the Silvertip Campground, which is a popular home base for mountain bike adventures for those that like to camp. Even though this is listed as an easy ride aerobically, it demands solid technical skills. You must be willing to walk your bike through sections that you cannot ride without sliding. Highlights include views of Lake Alpine, and the Carson Wilderness Area. Overall, this is a fun, technically challenging singletrack route that is great for beginners and advanced riders alike. Contact, Land Manager: USFS – Stanislaus National Forest Office, Mar 5, 2017: Forest Service seeks public comment on state OHV grant applications
Fishing – Lakes and Reservoirs
- New Melones Lake and Recreation
- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
- Stanislaus River
- Beaver Creek
- Lake Alpine
- White Pines Lake
- Union Reservoir
- Utica Reservoir
- Spicer Reservoir
- Summit Lake
- Mosquito Lakes
- Elephant Rock Lake
- Kinney Reservoir
- Highland Lakes