Top Adventures in Arnold

  • Hike the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees SP

    When thinking of the iconic Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada, one usually thinks of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. However, there is a often forgotten area of Giant Sierra Redwoods that gets far less traffic than the more popular groves. The Nor...

    1.7 miles 40 ft gain

  • Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

    The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance. The trail starts at the South Grove Trail head which is located nine miles east of...

    5 miles 560 ft gain

  • Discover Scenic Beardsley Dam Campground

    Beardsley Dam is a first come, first serve campground. Each site is equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, and bear boxes. The cost for a family site is $10 per night. The campground provides bathrooms, but not potable water - so bring enough fo...

    3511 ft gain

  • Bouldering at Columbia College

    Get your hands on some limestone bouldering at this spot. There's actually two locations for bouldering in this area, Columbia College and Columbia State Park (about less than a 10 min. drive from Columbia College), but I made this specific advent...

  • Camp at Black Oak Flat Campground

    The campground operates on a first come, first serve basis and is typically open from May - September. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground provides potable water and bathrooms. The fee is $10/night for a s...

    5778 ft gain

  • Hike to Cleo's Bath

    This 6+ mile hike is located at Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest located in Tuolumne County and features a lake, river, forest, waterfall, and swimming hole. It is accessible year-round,  in winter there will be snow, and the hike ...

    6.5 miles 1263 ft gain

  • Camp at Pioneer Trail Group Campground

    Pioneer Trail Group Campground is a true wonderland: amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, views of snow-capped mountain peaks, and a gorgeous lake filled with rainbow trout. Pinecrest Lake is perfect for fishing, boating, hiking, and swimming. ...

    5850 ft gain

  • Snow Camp at Bull Run Lake

    This is a long, beautiful snowshoe to a lake that is very accessible in the summer but almost untouched in the winter! There are a couple of ways to access the lake during the winter, but this is the most interesting: Starting at the easternmost s...

    15 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness)

    Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. There's no quota for this area, so no need for reservations in advance.To reach the trailhead, make your way south from the Ranger Station and...

    7 miles 500 ft gain

  • Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness

    The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by ...

    18 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Backpacking to Sword Lake

    Getting There Take 108 to Pinecrest Lake to pick up a free backcountry permit at the Summit Ranger Station. (If you reach Strawberry you've gone too far.) Continue past Beardsley Lake to Clark's Fork Road on the left. Cross two bridges and Forest ...

  • Backpack to Chain Lakes

    This trip begins at ~7500 feet at the Box Springs Trailhead This trail is at the end of Forest Route 3N20Y. The trail, which is not regularly maintained and may at times be hard to follow, initially descends slightly to 7300', then stays mostly fl...

    4.4 miles 864 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Big Meadow Cmpg

      Lake Alpine Lodgepole Group

      Overview Lodgepole Group Campground is located just two miles west of Lake Alpine in northern California. The campground affords breathtaking views of the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. Ca...

    • Big Meadow Cmpg

      Big Meadow Stanislaus Natl Fs

      Overview Big Meadow Campground lies at about 6,400 feet elevation on the Stanislaus National Forest. It is located 21 miles east of Arnold, California. Breathtaking views abound, and wildlife viewi...

    • Pinecrest, California

      Pinecrest

      Overview Pinecrest features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center...

    • Angels Camp, California

      Glory Hole Recreation Area

      Overview Glory Hole Recreation Area is located at New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface-acre lake is the fourth largest reservoir in California and is situated along the edge...

    • Pioneer, California

      South Shore Campground

      Overview South Shore Campground is located next to Lower Bear River Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's a prime location for fishing and boating.Recr...

    • Pioneer, California

      Bear River Group Campground

      Overview The Bear River Group Campground offers four separate group campsites on a site above the south side of the Lower Bear River Reservoir. The proximity to water and the mixed pine setting in ...

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