July 24, 2017

September in the Sierras

Posted : August 29, 2016

For those in the know, September is one of the sweet spots during the year for a weekend getaway with friends and family to the Gold Country and High Sierra. Evenings call for sweatshirts but days are still plenty warm enough for a swim; plus, a full calendar of events should give you more than a few reasons to head for the hills in the coming weeks.

White Pines Lake

White Pines Lake, by Sandi Pearce


A weekend of Live Music and Adventure on Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway

Pack the car with your outdoor gear of choice – about the only thing you can’t do right now in the high country is ski powder, but it’s green light for everything else. The trout are happily biting from White Pines, to Lake Alpine to Mosquito Lakes, and if you prefer to get out into the wilderness lakes, we might suggest a hike to Wheeler, Bull Run or Kinney. Add in a day of FREE music and dancing with Hermitfest, September 10 in Hermit Valley along the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway. This annual event is a celebration of the Scenic Byway and features popular local acts like Grover Anderson and The Hot Dark. Forest Service campsites are available on a first come basis.

Prefer to sleep and cook indoors while you play outside all day? Check out the rental condos and cabins from Bear Valley Real Estate. From your basecamp in Arnold or Bear Valley you can explore everything Ebbetts Pass has to offer. Rent bikes, paddleboards and kayaks from Bear Valley Adventure Company in Bear Valley, or SNAC in Arnold for SUPs, kayaks, gear, apparel and guides to the area. Stop in at the Arnold Pantry for organic produce and fresh breads.

Cougar Rock in Arnold, by Bob Chickering

Cougar Rock in Arnold, by Bob Chickering


Full Moon Hike and Bonding Time in the Woods

Stand in the middle of the forest and you can sense it – as you see leaves blowing to the ground, and smell a little more moisture in the soil – fall is coming, and it’s a great time to experience the Arnold Rim Trail. Take a free, guided sunset hike through the woods to Cougar Rock, Sept 16, timed to coincide with the full moon. The following morning you can show some more love for our trails, and get to meet some of the dedicated locals maintaining them at the Volunteer Trail Building day.

Follow this link for full details on both the sunset hikes and volunteer day.

Angels Camp Gold Run, Calaveras County

Angels Camp Gold Run, File Photo


Run Together

If you’re the kind of traveler who always packs a pair of running shoes you may already know Calaveras is a great place to run – lots of different elevations, trails, backroads and scenic loops. The third annual Angels Camp Gold Run is a great way to sight see around the historic neighborhoods of Angels Camp and join a fun community event. Choose from a 5K or 10K for adults; children can a do a one miler, as well as the 5K or 10K.

Angels Camp Gold Run
Visitors Bureau Office, Downtown Angels Camp
Sept 25, All Day, kids’ run begins at 8:00am, 5 and 10k at 8:30am
Click here for registration and full event details  Costs are $10/20/35, depending on age and length of run.

Angels Camp Certified Farmers Market, Calaveras County

Angels Camp Farmers Market, File Photo


Late Summer Freshness is Abundant

It’s the final month of our Fresh Fridays Farmers Market in Angels Camp, and the produce is in full swing – peppers, melons, tomatoes and more have been loving the late August heat. Stop by Utica Park, every Friday evening through September 30, from 5:00pm to dusk to enjoy live music and meet some of our local farmers. Sundays, your place for fresh is in Copperopolis at Copper Town Square, from 10:00am – 5:00pm.   Thursdays and Saturdays you can visit the farm stand of Outer Aisle Foods at their Douglas Flat location (half mile west of Murphys on Highway 4). And in Arnold, don’t miss the Arnold Pantry and their selection of fresh breads and produce as well as hearty breakfast and lunch fare.

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  1. our High Sierra along the Hwy 4 is chock full of pleasant strolls. The collection includes everything from challenging altitude climbs to the ADA accessible. Visit mc2ct.org for day hikes and more along the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail, recently completely opened up between Bear Valley and Ebbetts Pass. Not all trail is signed yet so visit the website to view and download waypoints to your device. Heed the advice for know-before-you-go. And always, always carry a paper map, compass and the ten hiking essentials.