Spring, Summer and Fall Activities
Bear Valley Music Festival
Celebrating over 40 years of music in the high sierras, the annual summer concert season features classical, opera, pops, and jazz music performed by a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, legendary entertainers, and renowned opera stars. The festival also includes food, wine tasting, children’s events, Arts of Bear Valley, star parties, and other activities (800.458.1618).
Arnold Rim Trail
The Arnold Rim Trail is a new non-motorized, multi-use trail adjacent to the communities of Arnold and Avery along Highway 4 in Calaveras County. The long-term plan is to tie-in to the truly magnificent public lands including the spectacular Calaveras Big Trees State Park and the designated National Wild and Scenic Stanislaus River canyon into an approximately 30-40 mile continuous loop. For more information please click here to check out their website
There are many opportunities for biking enthusiast from beginner to expert. Enjoy biking on scenic and paved or graveled roads with moderate terrain, or more challenging single track and 4x4 trails with steep grades. Mountain biking is allowed on all National Forest non-wilderness trails, and on all roads in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Bear Valley Adventure Company offers rentals, sales, and repairs.
Canoe and Kayak (Flat water)
There are numerous flat water paddling opportunities in the area including Lake Alpine, Utica, Union and White Pines Lake, on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest. For rental information contact Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Arnold (209.795.9310).
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Home to two groves of giant sequoia trees thought to be over 2,000 years old. The area has been a popular tourist attraction since its discovery in 1852. There are approximately 150 giant trees in the North Grove, featuring a gently 1.5 mile long self-guiding trail. The far larger South Grove is a pristine example of an ancient and once widespread primeval forest.
- Black Chasm Caverns - Located in Volcano this National Natural Landmark cave offers a 50-minute guided walking tours. See sparkling flowstones, stalactites and huge clusters of rare, crystalline helicite formations (866.762.2837).
- California Caverns - Located in Mountain Ranch. Featuring guided walk tours and 2-5 hour wild cave adventure tours (866.762.2837).
- Mercer Caverns - Located just outside of Murphys provides guided tours on well-lighted walkways. The caverns feature beautiful calcite formations (209.728.2101).
- Moaning Cavern - Located in Vallecito. Featuring California’s deepest chamber, access via the historic 100-foot spiral staircase or by a 165 foot rope rappel (866.762.2837).
Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway
Consider one of the most scenic drives across the Sierra Nevada Mountain, the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway runs along Highway 4 from Calaveras Big Trees State Park Scenic (on the West) to Grover Hot Springs State park (on the East). Ebbetts Pass is one of the last remaining wild trans-Sierra passes. The summit elevation is 8,732 feet.
- Gold Cliff Mine – Step back in time and explore this historic gold mine on a 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hour adventure trip combining challenging exploration with history and folklore. Available year round by reservation (866.762.2837).
- Sutter Gold Mine – Located north on Highway 49 , just outside the town of Sutter Creek, this tour replicates what it feels like to be a miner. Journey deep underground on a 1-hour tour in this modern hard rock gold mine (866.762.2837).
There is excellent fishing throughout the Stanislaus National Forest. Favorite spots include Spicer Reservoir, Lake Alpine, Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek and White Pines Lake. The area is abundant with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Although several lakes are open all year, the general trout season is from late April through mid November.
There are three golf courses available in the Arnold area, one private, and two open to the public.
- Sequoia Woods Country Club (Private) – Located in Arnold. Offering 18 holes over 5,564 yards with a par of 70 (209.795.2141)
- Meadowmont Golf Course (Public) – Located in Arnold. Featuring 9 holes over 2,931 yards with a par of 36 (209.795.1313).
- Forest Meadows Golf Course (Public) – Located in Murphys. Offering 18 holes over 3,886 yards with a par of 60 (209.728.3439)
Ironstone Amphitheatre Located just outside Murphys on the Ironstone Vineyards, this comfortable outdoor amphitheater offers an eclectic mix of top popular, rock, jazz and country acts.
There are several sites along Highway 4 in the Bear valley area that offer excellent bouldering for novice through expert climbers. Site maps and information on instructions can be obtained at Mountain Adventure Seminars in Base camp Lodge, Bear Valley.
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
The museum is located in White Pines on the site of the historic site of the Blagen Sawmill’s workers homes. This is a high-quality, regional facility devoted to displaying and interpreting the history of logging and lumbering throughout the Sierra Nevada range (209.795.6782).
Stanislaus National Forest
The Calaveras ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest includes 250,000 acres of public land, with prime access to the forest along Highway 4, east of Arnold. There are over 200 miles of maintain trails, 13 developed campsites, 225 miles of streams and 19 lakes. Plus there is backpacking access onto the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wildernesses. For information contact the District Ranger Office (209.795.1381).
There are approximately 25 foothill wineries and vineyards in the surrounding area offering wine tasting and purchase. See the Office for a local map and listings.
At Moaning Cavern experience the thrill of racing on twin zip lines, at up to 40 miles per hour, across the beautiful Gold Country foothills. Open all year (866.762.2837).For more information on area activities please visit http://www.gocalaveras.com/