Here is a list of “must do” music activities for you and your family to do during the summer.
Greater Arnold Business Association—GABA -Cedar Center, Arnold.
Enjoy FREE live music at Cedar Center concerts all summer long in Arnold, sponsored by local businesses, business associations, and non-profits. Located at 4,000 feet, this music venue is one of the coolest in the county. All shows start at 6:30 pm, except Car Show starts at 10 am and the Art, Music and Wine Festival starts at 2:00 pm.
Bistro Expresso—2182 Highway 4, Meadowmont Shopping Center, Arnold
Arnold’s cozy coffee shop in the Meadowmont Shopping Center featuring gourmet coffees and teas, smoothies, sandwiches and wraps, free wi-fi, friendly service and they will be having live music over the summer.
The Bear Valley Music Festival is a yearly summer event in Bear Valley, California, located about 180 miles east of San Francisco at just above 7200 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada. The festival currently begins on the second-to-last Friday in July and ends three Sundays later, drawing a total audience of roughly four thousand attendees. Under the direction of internationally recognized conductor Michael Morgan since 2012, the festival strives to appeal to a wide demographic by presenting a variety of artists and styles of music including classical, rock, country and jazz. The concerts are held in a tent erected to serve as a concert hall, equipped with a stage large enough to hold a symphony orchestra.
Brice Station Winery – EVENTS ON THE HILLTOP
Brice Station Vineyards is excited to present another summer full of excellent live music and theater. We strive to provide a relaxed, beautiful environment where all of our guests feel at home. Come enjoy a gorgeous sunset view, with a glass of our handcrafted wine, take your shoes off and enjoy the music.
Hiking in Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Distance: 1.5 miles loop, smooth walking surface
Elevation Changes: Level
The North Grove is adjacent to the parking lot and has easy access. The 1.5 mile tour of the grove is along a level, easy to walk trail. Among the highlights of the grove are the Big Stump, the Father of the Forest, and the Empire State Tree. The Empire State Tree measures 18 feet in diameter near its base. Giant Sequoias can live to be over 3,000 years old.
Distance: 3.5 or 5 miles loop, forest trail
Elevation Changes: 500 feet gain and loss
The South Grove is reached by driving 9 miles from the entrance gate down across the Stanislaus River and up to the parking area at the trailhead to the South Grove. The South Grove contains far more trees than the North Grove, but is less often visited because of its remoteness and more strenuous trail. The road to the South Grove is closed in the winter.
Loop trails through the grove are either 3.5 or 5 miles. Both routes begin with a moderate uphill climb. Hikers are rewarded with views of the park’s largest tree, the Agassiz Tree, along with the Smith Cabin Tree, Old Goliath, and the Moody Group.
Distance: 2.5 miles loop, forest trail
Elevation Changes: 200 feet gain and loss
The Bradley Grove trail begins to the left of the South Grove Trail just beyond the Beaver Creek Bridge. The 2.5 mile loop contains some “outrigger” giant sequoias along with many younger trees planted in the 1950s. The Bradley Grove also has stands of sugar pines, mountain dogwood and white alder.
Hiking in Arnold
Arnold Rim Trail(ART)-
ART is a unique trail system at mid-elevation in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Arnold Rim Trail currently runs from White Pines Lake west to Sheep Ranch Road near Avery. This 11.2-mile section of trail is only the first of what is proposed to be a 35-mile trail connecting with Calaveras Big Trees State Park. A 6-mile section of trail continuing across Sheep Ranch Road and down near the Calaveras Ranger District office in Hathaway Pines is currently under construction. The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The Arnold Rim Trail generally follows San Antonio Creek, crossing from its north side to the south about 2.5 south of White Pines Lake. Along its course the trail passes locations such as Penny Pines, Cougar Rock, and the San Antonio Falls overlook. http://arnoldrimtrail.org
Hiking Around Lake Alpine
Bear Valley to Lake Alpine
This trail runs between the east end of Lake Alpine and the community of Bear Valley. Along the lakeshore, the trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. West of the lake, the trail reverts to native surface as it meanders through the forest, hooking up with a portion of the historic Emigrant-West pioneer route. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Bear Valley to Lake Alpine via the Emigrant Trail
Distance: 3.4 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: 450 going up, 200 foot descent
Begin in Bear Valley near the Perry Walther Building and follow the trail across Highway 4. It continues up the south side of the highway until it intersects the Emigrant Trail after about 1.2 miles. Turn right up the Emigrant Trail, following it to the dirt road at the lower end of Lake Alpine. Take the road up to the Lake Alpine Resort.
Alternate: Instead of turning onto the Emigrant Trail, continue straight, paralleling Highway 4, passing Silvertip Campground and then descending to Lake Alpine (2 miles after passing Emigrant Trail).
Lake Alpine to Mt. Reba
Distance: 3 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: 1,500 foot ascent
8,855 feet above sea level, Mt. Reba looks down on Bear Valley Mountain Ski Area to the southwest and the Mokelumne Wilderness to the north. The trail from Lake Alpine’s Chickaree Day Use Area to the summit is straightforward up Bee Gulch. A slightly lower sister summit .7 miles to the west is worth the walk. Alternate trails approach from the road leading into the ski resort
Lakeshore—Hiking at Lake Alpine
Easy walking. Follows south shore of Lake Alpine. Begins at Pine Marten Campground and ends at Forest Road 7N17. Hikers can continue walking along this road; however, it is a popular 4WD route, and there may be vehicles.
Access from Lakeshore Trail. Uphill climb of moderate difficulty with rewarding views of Lake Alpine, Spicer Reservoir and Dardanelles.
Hiking in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
The 161,000 acre Carson-Iceberg Wilderness straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, divided almost evenly between the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. Here you’ll find spectacular high country, with several peaks rising above 10,000 feet, broad river valleys, perennial creeks with small waterfalls, granite-strewn slopes, and meadow-filled valleys. Here are the headwaters of the East Fork of the Carson River, the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus, and the Mokelumne River.
Bull Run Lake
Trail head off Forest Road 8N13 off Hwy 4 at Stanislaus Meadow. First mile and a half is fairly level in a beautiful meadow, then starts the ascent into a more difficult slope. Connects with Heiser Lake Trail at the 2 mile marker.
Duck Lake is a small lake just within the boundary of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The walk is scenic and pleasant, with some moderate ups and downs. Early in the season, the trail and meadow near the lake becomes wet and muddy, with lots of mosquitoes — so bring your repellent! Taking the loop trail around Duck Lake will add about 2 miles to your hike.
Uphill trail of moderate difficulty. Begins at Mosquito Lake on Hwy 4. Connects with Bull Run Lake Trail for loop route.
Trail head is located .2 miles east of Silvertip Campground, on Highway 4. Offers panoramic view of Lake Alpine area from Osborne Point. Ends at Emigrant-West Trail.
Hiking in Emigrant Trail
The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness; bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the east, and State Highway 108 on the north; is an elongated area that trends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width. Watersheds drain to the Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers.
Portion of historic pioneer route. Trailhead is on Hwy 4 at parking area 1/2 mile past Bear Valley. Trailhead not well marked at this time.
Hiking around Spicer Meadow Reservoir Area
Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road
Spicer Meadows leaves Highway 4 about 4 miles west of Bear Valley. Utica and Union are at about 6,800 feet elevation, Spicer a little lower at 6,400. The road is closed in the winter by snow, but a Sno-Park located at the junction with Highway 4 provides a winter launching site for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers into the area.
Elephant Rock Lake to Rock Lake
Distance: 1.8 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: 800 feet gain going out
Drive out to the end of the Summit Lake Road off Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. Hike from Elephant Rock Lake past Elephant Rock and up to Rock Lake. For an easier hike only go as far as Elephant Rock, a half mile each way over fairly level terrain.
Around Utica Reservoir
Distance: 6 miles one way, cross-country
Elevation Changes: 100 feet up and down
There is no established trail around Utica Reservoir, but a fairly obvious use trail circles the lake. Do all or part of the convoluted shore line. Bring your fishing rod and fresh water. Expect to take longer than you might walking on an established trail.
Spicer to Sand Flat
Distance: 5.5 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: Drop 1000 feet going out
Start at Spicer Reservoir and hike through Corral Meadow and then make then steep descent into the Stanislaus River Canyon, arriving there at Sand Flat. There is a bridge, so you could cross and hike up to Highway 4 at Big Meadow for a pick-up (2.3 miles, 800-foot climb). Shorten this hike by beginning at Gardner Meadow on the Spicer Reservoir road (2.5 miles to Sand Flat, 900-foot drop).
Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail at Ebbetts Pass
The 2,650-mile long trail crosses Highway 4 just east of Ebbetts Pass in Alpine County. While the PCT is best known for its long-distance backpacking opportunities by the infamous thru-hikers, a number of great day hikes are available from the two trailheads at Ebbetts Pass.
South to Noble Lake
Distance: 3.5 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: Descend 500 feet and climb 500
Start at the trail head parking lot east of the pass. Follow the trail out a short distance to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail. Turn left onto the PCT, going south. The trail drops 500 feet to Noble Creek and then regains the elevation on its way up to Noble Lake.
North to Reynolds Peak
Distance: 4 miles one way, mountain trail
Elevation Changes: 100 feet up and down
Start at the trail head along the highway east of the summit of Ebbetts Pass. Hiking north on the trail carries you past the Kinney Lakes and along the rugged volcanic slopes of Reynolds and Raymond peaks. Great vistas of the mountains and valleys to the east open up along the way. Elevation changes along the trail are mild.
Here are a few upcoming events we would like to share with you:
Bear Valley Ski Resort—12TH Annual Slush Cup and LAST DAY
High Sierra Championships—Sunday, April 23, 2017
Dogwood Festival-Calaveras Big Trees State Park
featuring Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players.—Sunday May 14, 2017, 2:00
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Arnold, CA: The HWY 4 FIREWISE COMMITTEE
Presents: National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
At Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Rd., White Pines/Arnold, CA
BBQ to follow sponsored by Cal-Waste- Sunday May 6, 2017, 9a -12p.
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
March marks the start of the housing season!
The housing market rides the seasons. Year in and year out, market activity has predictable ups and downs. Sometimes those seasonal patterns are hard to see when events drive movements in prices and sales, but seasonal patterns are there, even when they’re hidden beneath the surface.
The Spring Thaw Comes First to Buyers, then to Sellers
As the market comes out of winter hibernation, buyers wake up first. In the winter, activity rests: searches, prices, sales and inventories all slide to their yearly low in December or January. Life resumes in March, as search activity pops up and stays above normal through August. Prices rise and reach their annual high before summer even arrives. Summer has its own endings and beginnings: sales peak in June, but inventory keeps climbing, topping out in July and August.
What do these patterns tell you? Buyers are a little ahead of sellers. Asking prices peak at the start of the season, so demand appears to rise ahead of supply. As supply catches up, prices ease back down and sales peak. After that, inventories build up a bit further through the summer.
If you are interested in selling your home or property, now is the time to start moving forward! Call or stop in at our Dorrington office to see what we can do for you!
Murphys Irish Day
March 21, 2015 – Murphys Irish Day, 10 am to 5pm –
Each year on the third Saturday in March, Murphys shuts down Main Street and prepares to celebrate like only the Irish can. Join us for a parade at 11 am, stay to eat, taste and shop the Irish Day booths, local tasting rooms and stores of Murphys, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win our famous trip to Ireland, enjoy music, dancing and Celtic entertainment on our two stages, bagpipers and jugglers on the street, adorable animals at the petting zoo and wrap the day up with dinner at one of our restaurants.
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