Stanislaus National Forest

Arnold area outdoor recreation features the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada mountain range – a haven for four-season mountain sports. The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway takes you through this spectacular landscape. This is a place of majesty, a place to enjoy the distinctiveness of each season, a place to refresh your spirit. As John Muir said:

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: WINTER

Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Winter | Dave Bunnell

Winter snowshoeing at Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Dave Bunnell

The winter season here offers endless snow play adventures including snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding, sledding, and snowmobiling. There’s even access to winter wilderness camping if you’re feeling adventurous. Be sure to look up during evening walks in crisp mountain snow to enjoy the views of the universe.

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: SPRING

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Spring

Whitewater rafting with OARS on the Stanislaus in spring

Spring features rainy days bringing the glorious scent of damp forests, spectacular spring wildflower displays and the songs of warm-weather birds on your hiking and biking adventures. The higher elevations may still be snowy, so there’s still time to get your snowplay in, with warmer temperatures.This is also the only time of year when whitewater rafting is available on the North Fork of the Stanislaus with OARS.

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: SUMMER

Stanislaus National Forest

Hiking the Arnold Rim Trail in summer

Summer days are warm to hot even at the highest elevations, making playing on our lakes, by our rivers (be careful not to enter rivers, which may be swifter than they appear), creeks and streams cool from snowmelt, your perfect choices. Evenings and nights are warm, making camping and picnicking especially enjoyable

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: AUTUMN

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Fall

Ebbetts Pass in Autumn | Laurie Ahlberg

Fall brings glorious autumn colors thanks to groves of deciduous black oak trees, dogwoods and aspens for your hiking and biking adventures. The air is cool and crisp and you will hear the geese beginning to migrate south for the winter. This is a great time of year for disc golf – something Calaveras has developed throughout the county at multiple parks. There’s traditional golf here too at two beautiful, higher elevation golf courses: Murphys 9 at Forest Meadows and Sequoia Woods Country Club.

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Hiking, Biking, Backpacking & Camping

These beautiful areas give you multiple options for the best hiking, biking, backpacking and camping you’ve ever experienced.

Arnold Rim Trail | Calaveras Big Trees State ParkStanislaus National Forest

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: On the water

Our lakes, reservoirs and rivers offer spectacular outdoor scenery to accompany your kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, swimming, fishing or whitewater rafting.

White Pines Lake | Spicer Reservoir | Union Reservoir | Utica Reservoir | Lake Alpine | North Fork of the Stanislaus

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Snowy Mountains

Enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing gorgeous trails to sledding, downhill skiing, snowboarding and miles of wilderness snowmobile trails,  you’ll find it all here.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Arnold Rim Trail | Tamarack Lodge | Bear Valley Cross Country Adventure Company | Bear Valley Mountain | Bear Valley Snowmobile

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Show Caves & Zip Lines

Whether you’re looking for a guided walking tour for the kids, a full-on, muddy, wild, crawling-through-the cave expedition, or want to rappel 165 feet by rope inside a cave followed by a quarter-mile-long zip line race… well, we’ve got that too.

California Cavern | Mercer Caverns | Moaning Cavern Adventure Park

Arnold Area Outdoor Recreation: Sports Outfitters

Need equipment? Our local sports outfitters have everything you need:
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods | Sierra Nevada Adventure Company | The Trout Spot


Outdoor Recreation trip itinerary: White Knuckle Adventure Planner Seasonal travel itineraries: Spring Travel Itineraries | Summer Travel Itineraries | Fall Travel Itineraries | Winter Travel Itineraries

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