Let’s Move More this New Year – Calaveras Style!

Have you committed to moving more in 2023? Even with the storms raging through California, we can all still enjoy the outdoors! Start the year off right by meeting your goals with some really fun and accessible activities for all levels of capabilities throughout Calaveras county to keep you moving through January and beyond. We’d love to see your photos of you all moving more in Calaveras County, so tag us! @gocalaveras #gocalaveras.  While you’re at it, start thinking of ideas for our next photo contest “Back to Nature”.  Check back soon for more details!

Moving More in Calaveras: Take a Walk

Salt Spring Valley Reservoir, Copperopolis
Salt Spring Valley Reservoir, Copperopolis

Let’s start with the basics. Did you know that just moving your body outside for twenty minutes can energize your day and bring fresh perspective? Don’t take our word for it; try it yourself. Whether strolling through one of our picturesque historic downtown areas or hitting a local trail, there’s nothing like taking a walk to ease you into a more active lifestyle.

Moving More in Calaveras: Kick Up the Intensity

Move More Calaveras January
From the campgrounds at New Melones, trails stretch for miles and are great for crisp winter runs and hikes. | Jason B Smith

Take your outdoor movement up a notch, and turn any of the above walks into runs! Calaveras has several running events throughout the year like the the Arnold Rim Trail Endurance Run (coming in May 2023) or the local family favorite Klassen Klassic Turkey Trot every Thanksgiving in Murphys. Keep an eye on our calendar of events for opportunities to join us on the trails in Calaveras!

Photo Courtesy of Family 4 Fitness

Moving More in Calaveras: Yoga & Fitness Centers

The practice of Yoga first started as a spiritual practice in India but has become increasingly more popular in the United States. The mental and physical health benefits are wide-ranging – from building physical strength and increasing flexibility to reducing stress and anxiety and improving mental focus. If yoga is something you do every day or would just like to try it, here are a few places in Calaveras who may be able to provide exactly what you are looking for.

  • Angels Camp Body Shop:  Offering Slow Flow and Buti Yoga, body sculpting, cardio, and ab overhaul classes
  • Better Together Fitness Center:  A Mindbody community member, BT*FIT has yoga
  • Olde Iron Fitness: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – strength training focusing on a “results oriented” healthy and disciplined lifestyle with genuine olde school attitude
  • Family 4 Fitness:  This place has it all – yoga, strength training, kickboxing classes, Zumba, Self-Defense, low-impact aerobics, and childcare!
Murphys 9 golf course
The beautiful fairway

Moving More in Calaveras: Play Golf

Winter is a great time to check out Calaveras’ fun and challenging courses at Angels Camp’s Robert Trent Jones Championship golf course Greenhorn Creek Resort,  The Golf Club at Copper Valley (one of GolfWeek Magazine’s regular top picks), Sequoia Woods Country Club, or Golf Digest darling La Contenta Golf Resort.

Move More Calaveras January Disc Golf
New Hogan disc golf | Josh Bridges

Moving More in Calaveras: Disc Golf

In case you haven’t heard, disc golf is kind of a big deal around here. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot – it’s harder than it looks and you get a good walk out of it! Plus, most courses are either free or have small park entrance fees. SNAC in Arnold and Murphys are your source for golf discs. Disc Golf is also well represented throughout the county, with courses at Lake Hogan (near Valley Springs), Plug Ugly Disc Golf Course (in San Andreas) and Feeney Park (in Murphys), we have more than a few disc golf courses to choose from. Check our various disc golf courses out side by side and learn more about our higher elevation disc golf courses available in warmer months here.

White Pines Lake, Arnold, Calaveras County

Moving More in Calaveras: Snowshoe

Snowshoeing through the Calaveras Big Trees is a winter wonderland experience like no other.  With gigantic sequoias towering above you and the peaceful forest surrounding you, you won’t even realize the calories melting right off! The park has first come, first serve snowshoes to borrow, or you can easily rent some at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods or SNAC right in Arnold on your way to the Big Trees.

Arnold Rim Trail
Photo courtesy the Arnold Trail Association

Moving More in Calaveras: Bike

The lower elevation Calaveras lake trails mentioned above are a great spot to sample local mountain biking. While the Arnold Rim Trail tends to be covered in snow this time of year, watch the weather. It can be in excellent shape with a spell of dry weather. Also check out, a site created by mountain biking enthusiasts who know have experienced the best trails throughout Calaveras.

When there are mild daytime temps in the foothills, it makes for a great day of road cycling as well. Looking to connect with other cycling enthusiasts in the area? Contact the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition or check in with Mountain Aloha Mountain Biking Co or Mountain Peddler for top notch biking expertise.

Moving More in Calaveras: Hike

Pardee Reservoir hiking
Hiking one of the trails

Calaveras County offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide variety of  hiking trails from gentle rolling foothills strolls to strenuous up country alpine hikes.  Below are some trail maps and/or website links to local hiking and biking. See spectacular mountain vistas, beautiful lakeside views, impressive giant sequoia trees, and incredible varieties of wildflowers.

Arnold Rim Trail: Arnold Rim Trail

Calaveras Big Trees State Park: Calaveras Big Trees State ParkHiking Trails OverviewNorth Grove Trail Guide and South Grove Trail Guide

Ebbetts Pass Roads: Cycling Ebbetts Pass

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail: Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

Natural Bridges: Natural Bridges

New Melones: United States Bureau of Reclamation’s list and map of 19 trails around New Melones can be found here: New Melones Trail map This map shows Angels Creek Trail, Buck Brush Loop, Carson Creek Trail, Frontier Trail, Gold Rush Trail and Tower Climb, among others.

Sierra Foothills Trails: East Bay Municipal Utility District’s list of trails, permits and other helpful information including details on Cosa Mesa Trails access point, Patti’s Point, Rich Gulch Trail, Middle Bar through Independence Flat: Sierra Foothills Trails | Mokelumne Area Trails

Valley Springs Christmas Parade, Valley Springs Christmas Craft Fair, Christmas Tree Lighting
Members of Power Up Fitness’ Hip Hop Class Valley Springs Christmas Parade I Sean Thomas Courtesy of Calaveras Enterprise

With all of these inspiring ways to knock your January moving more challenge out of the park, what are you waiting for? Let’s get moving, and remember to tag us in your photos of moving more! #gocalaveras @gocalaveras.