Arnold Ca guidebook

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Arnold Ca guidebook

Favorite Restaurants

We love the care and creativity Sare brings to her food, how she treats her employees like family and the fun watching her and team create magic in the kitchen while you sit at the bar. If you have a party bigger than 4 people and can't fit at the bar - call a head and get a reservation - the place is always - I mean always busy! Sara's favorite is my go to dish and Ray loves the fish specials. We have been going here for years and love it all year round. If you are there in the winter - be careful with the steep parking lot entry. It can be tough to get out of - have chains and sand on hand.
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Sarafina's Italian Kitchen
794 California 4
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We love the care and creativity Sare brings to her food, how she treats her employees like family and the fun watching her and team create magic in the kitchen while you sit at the bar. If you have a party bigger than 4 people and can't fit at the bar - call a head and get a reservation - the place is always - I mean always busy! Sara's favorite is my go to dish and Ray loves the fish specials. We have been going here for years and love it all year round. If you are there in the winter - be careful with the steep parking lot entry. It can be tough to get out of - have chains and sand on hand.
The Bistro Espro has moved up the street closer to downtown Arnold, expanded its location, offerings and entertainment. This is where you go to hang out with the locals and travelers, have a great coffee drink, glass of wine and enjoy the slower pace of mountain living. We especially enjoy reading the Sunday paper by the fire in the winter, or hanging out under the trees in the warm weather.
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Bistro Espresso
2182 California 4
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The Bistro Espro has moved up the street closer to downtown Arnold, expanded its location, offerings and entertainment. This is where you go to hang out with the locals and travelers, have a great coffee drink, glass of wine and enjoy the slower pace of mountain living. We especially enjoy reading the Sunday paper by the fire in the winter, or hanging out under the trees in the warm weather.
If you gotta have a burger, shake and french fries - this is the place. The food is cooked to order- its not McDonalds, so it may take longer but its worth it.
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Giant Burger
846 California 4
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If you gotta have a burger, shake and french fries - this is the place. The food is cooked to order- its not McDonalds, so it may take longer but its worth it.
My Dad loved this place and I wish he was still alive to see how it has expanded out the back with a wonderful outside eating area. This is more than a saloon, and yes families are welcome to enjoy the ambiance (lots of old car plates on the walls) and good burgers. Have some good old fashion fun in a saloon that use to be a auto repair shop - hence the name "lube" room.
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The Lube Room Saloon
19777 Greenley Rd
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My Dad loved this place and I wish he was still alive to see how it has expanded out the back with a wonderful outside eating area. This is more than a saloon, and yes families are welcome to enjoy the ambiance (lots of old car plates on the walls) and good burgers. Have some good old fashion fun in a saloon that use to be a auto repair shop - hence the name "lube" room.
You have to a least make a day trip to Murphys and enjoy the shops, wineries and have a meal (breakfest, brunch, lunch or dinner) at Grounds. We love to have a fancy cocktail (old fashion, martini) and chilling out with the very nice interiors.
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Grounds
402 Main Street
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You have to a least make a day trip to Murphys and enjoy the shops, wineries and have a meal (breakfest, brunch, lunch or dinner) at Grounds. We love to have a fancy cocktail (old fashion, martini) and chilling out with the very nice interiors.
Dogwood is gourment food, great wine list in a very relaxed enviorment. When you want to have a romantic evening, celebrating a special event or want to treat yourself to a lovely meal - this is your place. Its a bit more expensive than the other places in the Arnold area, worth it and certainly less expensive than a like restaurant in the Bay Area. Treat yourself - your worth it!
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Dogwood
1224 Oak Cir
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Dogwood is gourment food, great wine list in a very relaxed enviorment. When you want to have a romantic evening, celebrating a special event or want to treat yourself to a lovely meal - this is your place. Its a bit more expensive than the other places in the Arnold area, worth it and certainly less expensive than a like restaurant in the Bay Area. Treat yourself - your worth it!
We love to got to the beautiful Ironstone Winery - more for the amazing gardens, fun shopping and the best lunch in town. The food is good, great price and you can enjoy looking out over the massive gardens or sit by the huge fire. Make sure to go downstairs and see the old fashion organ that is played on silent movie nights.
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Ironstone Vineyards
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We love to got to the beautiful Ironstone Winery - more for the amazing gardens, fun shopping and the best lunch in town. The food is good, great price and you can enjoy looking out over the massive gardens or sit by the huge fire. Make sure to go downstairs and see the old fashion organ that is played on silent movie nights.
This place is a must as you stop on your way up or home from Arnold. We love the casual style, great burrittos and in warm weather the front of the resturant is open so you can watch all the action on Main Street. If you want to watch a sports event, get the whole family fed and not break the budget - this is your place.
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Firewood
420 Main Street
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This place is a must as you stop on your way up or home from Arnold. We love the casual style, great burrittos and in warm weather the front of the resturant is open so you can watch all the action on Main Street. If you want to watch a sports event, get the whole family fed and not break the budget - this is your place.

Gold Rush Experiences

If you want to take the time machine back to the Gold Rush - you gotta go here. We start our day with going to the saloon where the kids can drink sasperilla , eat peanuts and throw the shells on the ground. Columbia State Historic Park, also known as Columbia Historic District, is a state park unit and National Historic Landmark District preserving historic downtown Columbia, California, USA. It includes almost 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush, most of which remain today. Wikipedia Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310 Area: 272 acres Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM Year built: 1854 Established: 1946 Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture Phone: (209) 588-9128 Did you know: Gold was discovered in the area that became Columbia on March 27, 1850, and was one of the richest finds of the California Gold Rush. wikipedia.org
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Columbia State Historic Park
11255 Jackson Street
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If you want to take the time machine back to the Gold Rush - you gotta go here. We start our day with going to the saloon where the kids can drink sasperilla , eat peanuts and throw the shells on the ground. Columbia State Historic Park, also known as Columbia Historic District, is a state park unit and National Historic Landmark District preserving historic downtown Columbia, California, USA. It includes almost 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush, most of which remain today. Wikipedia Address: 11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310 Area: 272 acres Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM Year built: 1854 Established: 1946 Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture Phone: (209) 588-9128 Did you know: Gold was discovered in the area that became Columbia on March 27, 1850, and was one of the richest finds of the California Gold Rush. wikipedia.org
Besides the best place for a great lunch - if you want to be a Gold Miner (especialy the kids) - head over to the gold mining area, rent a pan and find GOLD! So much fun to get your hands, sleeves, pants and shoes wet swiching around for GOLD. Be sure to bring extra clothes for the kids...
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Ironstone Vineyards
1894 6 Mile Road
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Besides the best place for a great lunch - if you want to be a Gold Miner (especialy the kids) - head over to the gold mining area, rent a pan and find GOLD! So much fun to get your hands, sleeves, pants and shoes wet swiching around for GOLD. Be sure to bring extra clothes for the kids...
A Must see while you are in Arnold! Beautiful hiking, trails, picnic areas, museum and shops. We love to go in the winter, snow on the ground and listen to the silence as the majestic trees tower over you.... lovely. To warm up you go to the fire/coco shack and enjoy a free (we always leave a donation) hot cocco and hang out around the huge roaring fire.
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
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A Must see while you are in Arnold! Beautiful hiking, trails, picnic areas, museum and shops. We love to go in the winter, snow on the ground and listen to the silence as the majestic trees tower over you.... lovely. To warm up you go to the fire/coco shack and enjoy a free (we always leave a donation) hot cocco and hang out around the huge roaring fire.
If you want to have the kids giggle, take them to "Jackass Hill" to see Mark Twain's cabin. To get them ready, we have an audible book of "The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain. My guys (now they are grown men) love to drive to "Jackass Hill" - weird maybe but I loved to hear them roar with laughter every time.
Mark Twain Cabin
20788 Jackass Hill Rd
If you want to have the kids giggle, take them to "Jackass Hill" to see Mark Twain's cabin. To get them ready, we have an audible book of "The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain. My guys (now they are grown men) love to drive to "Jackass Hill" - weird maybe but I loved to hear them roar with laughter every time.
The Jubilee - held each year in May is a MUST experience. Its county fair, rodeo, jumping frog contest (no kidding!), and fireworks in the eve ning. When my youngest Joe was only 4-5 years old, he participated in the jumping frog contest (he borrowed one from the tub of water) and had a ball... Great Family Fun! Make sure you read or listen to Mark Twain's book - " The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" to really appreciate the history and continued community support.
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Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
2465 Gunclub Road
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The Jubilee - held each year in May is a MUST experience. Its county fair, rodeo, jumping frog contest (no kidding!), and fireworks in the eve ning. When my youngest Joe was only 4-5 years old, he participated in the jumping frog contest (he borrowed one from the tub of water) and had a ball... Great Family Fun! Make sure you read or listen to Mark Twain's book - " The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" to really appreciate the history and continued community support.

Sports and Adventures Near Arnold

For the sports and great outdoors folks - there is so much to do near Arnold... Here are some of our favorites
This course is beautiful kept and a tough course - especially some of those short holes tucked in the steep mountain terrain. This is a private course and open to the public. It also has association membership with other course around the world, so if you are member of another country club be sure to let them know.
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Sequoia Woods Country Club
1000 Cypress Point Drive
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This course is beautiful kept and a tough course - especially some of those short holes tucked in the steep mountain terrain. This is a private course and open to the public. It also has association membership with other course around the world, so if you are member of another country club be sure to let them know.
Bear Valley Resort is a year round destination. https://www.bearvalley.com/ Great Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Ski and all wither activities- along with mountain climbing and ropes course in the spring, summer and fall. Check out the Bear Valley Summer Concert in August/September. Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Rick’s Revenge in Bear Valley: Scenic and wooded 18-holer situated at over 7,000 feet. Best time to play: June thru October (depending on snowfall). Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn left on to Bear Valley Road. Course maps available at Bear Valley Adventure Company (first building on left).
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Bear Valley
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Bear Valley Resort is a year round destination. https://www.bearvalley.com/ Great Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Ski and all wither activities- along with mountain climbing and ropes course in the spring, summer and fall. Check out the Bear Valley Summer Concert in August/September. Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Rick’s Revenge in Bear Valley: Scenic and wooded 18-holer situated at over 7,000 feet. Best time to play: June thru October (depending on snowfall). Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn left on to Bear Valley Road. Course maps available at Bear Valley Adventure Company (first building on left).
A pristine lake in Alpine County - with fishing, camping and hiking. We love to rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy getting out on the rocks in the middle of the lake.
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Lake Alpine
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A pristine lake in Alpine County - with fishing, camping and hiking. We love to rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy getting out on the rocks in the middle of the lake.
A great family place for hanging out by the lake, fishing, swimming or no motor boating. Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses White Pines near Arnold: New 9-hole course dotted with pine trees and conveniently located next to White Pines Lake and the Arnold Rim Trail for added recreational opportunities. Best time to play: March thru November (year-round depending on snowfall). Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn left onto Blagen Road in Arnold. Follow Blagen Road to White Pines Lake. Course begins at far end of the lake. .
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White Pines Lake
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A great family place for hanging out by the lake, fishing, swimming or no motor boating. Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses White Pines near Arnold: New 9-hole course dotted with pine trees and conveniently located next to White Pines Lake and the Arnold Rim Trail for added recreational opportunities. Best time to play: March thru November (year-round depending on snowfall). Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn left onto Blagen Road in Arnold. Follow Blagen Road to White Pines Lake. Course begins at far end of the lake. .
New Melones Lake is a great place to put your motor boat in the water and find a place to camp for the day in all of nature. Fishing, water skiing, swimming, or just reading a book in the sun - all great activities here.
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New Melones Lake
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New Melones Lake is a great place to put your motor boat in the water and find a place to camp for the day in all of nature. Fishing, water skiing, swimming, or just reading a book in the sun - all great activities here.
Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Feeney Park in Murphys: Tree-studded 18-hole course close to downtown Murphys’ restaurants, shops and over 20+ wineries. Best time to play: Year-round. Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn right onto Pennsylvania Gulch Road. Feeney Park is immediately on the right behind Michelson Elementary School. Course maps available at SNAC on Main Street Murphys.
Feeney Park
Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Feeney Park in Murphys: Tree-studded 18-hole course close to downtown Murphys’ restaurants, shops and over 20+ wineries. Best time to play: Year-round. Getting there: Heading east on CA-4, turn right onto Pennsylvania Gulch Road. Feeney Park is immediately on the right behind Michelson Elementary School. Course maps available at SNAC on Main Street Murphys.
Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses New Hogan Reservoir in Valley Springs: Offers two 18-hole courses with rolling hills, gorgeous oaks, challenging holes and great views of the reservoir. Day use fee $4. Overnight camping also available. Best time to play: Year-round, October thru May if you prefer cooler weather. Getting there: Heading east on Highway 12, turn right at CA-26W. Continue onto Hogan Dam Road. Turn left onto New Hogan Parkway. Continue into Fiddleneck Day Use Area.
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New Hogan Lake
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Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses New Hogan Reservoir in Valley Springs: Offers two 18-hole courses with rolling hills, gorgeous oaks, challenging holes and great views of the reservoir. Day use fee $4. Overnight camping also available. Best time to play: Year-round, October thru May if you prefer cooler weather. Getting there: Heading east on Highway 12, turn right at CA-26W. Continue onto Hogan Dam Road. Turn left onto New Hogan Parkway. Continue into Fiddleneck Day Use Area.
Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Plug Ugly in San Andreas: Calaveras County’s newest 18-hole course at Alex Quinones Community Park in San Andreas opened in 2016. The course, which overlooks ball fields, was developed by the San Andreas Recreation and Park District, and features tone poles decorated by local artists. Getting there: Heading north on Highway 49, turn right onto Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. In about a mile, turn right on Park Road at the Plug Ugly sign. San Andreas Recreation and Park District, and features tone poles decorated by local artists. Getting there: Heading north on Highway 49, turn right onto Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. In about a mile, turn right on Park Road at the Plug Ugly sign.
San Andreas
Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Calaveras Disc Golf: The Low Down on the Courses Plug Ugly in San Andreas: Calaveras County’s newest 18-hole course at Alex Quinones Community Park in San Andreas opened in 2016. The course, which overlooks ball fields, was developed by the San Andreas Recreation and Park District, and features tone poles decorated by local artists. Getting there: Heading north on Highway 49, turn right onto Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. In about a mile, turn right on Park Road at the Plug Ugly sign. San Andreas Recreation and Park District, and features tone poles decorated by local artists. Getting there: Heading north on Highway 49, turn right onto Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. In about a mile, turn right on Park Road at the Plug Ugly sign.
The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes By DINO VOURNAS, CORRESPONDENT | PUBLISHED: October 7, 2017 at 8:00 am YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne County with such splendor, it almost doesn’t seem fair. That these riches are so easily accessed by hiking trails makes us all the luckier. I am bound for Wapama Falls, a moderate 2½ miles from the O’Shaughnessy Dam trailhead, harboring thoughts of wonder and a bit of sadness. Before this lake was formed at Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy was a glacier-carved, granite-walled valley complete with a mighty river and waterfalls crashing down from dizzying heights. Sound familiar? Naturalist John Muir called the valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite (Valley).” Muir led the battle to save the valley from being dammed to create a reservoir for post-earthquake San Francisco — a fight that was ultimately lost. It’s still wondrous, though. The trail skirts magnificent Tueeulala and Wapama Falls, torrential in the spring but subdued on this fall day. Less than 5 percent of Yosemite’s visitors come to this area, tucked away in the northwestern part of the park, where there is so much to see. Hetch Hetchy lies near the Big Oak Flat entrance to the park on Highway 120. Pretty Carlon Falls is nearby, offering a 3.8-mile round-trip jaunt, sometimes skirting fire-damaged forest, which burned in the devastating Rim Fire of 2013. Sierra trails If you follow eastbound Highway 120 as it becomes the Tioga Road, you’ll find an array of High Sierra hiking trails leading to Lukens Lake and Ten Lakes, Yosemite Creek, North Dome and more. Stop at Olmsted Point for views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and other granite wonders. Explore the high subalpine meadows with their vast grasslands, granite domes, meandering river and trails galore. For more travel coverage from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond follow us on Flipboard. If you’re a hiker or wilderness lover, this is nirvana. The trail that runs along the Dana and Lyell Forks of the Tuolumne River to the Twin Bridges is a one-hour round-trip on this breezy autumn day. But if weather, energy and time permit, you can continue on to Lyell Canyon, Lembert Dome and Dog Lake, the latter a four-hour commitment. If ever there was a year to pay heed to Yosemite’s usual “check road conditions before you go” admonition, it’s this one, with snow flurries on Yosemite and Tahoe peaks already in September. Snow typically closes Tioga Pass, which crests the Sierra at 9,945 feet of elevation, to automobile traffic in mid-November, so yes, check before you go. On this fine day, though, the pass is clear and I roll through, bound for Highway 108 and Sonora Pass in a great looping arc. The steep highway dives down the eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevada, past majestic Tioga and Ellery lakes to the high desert below, before I begin the vertiginous, snaking climb up 108. The road offers stupendous alpine views of granite and basalt, dotted with patches of snow and hardy stands of evergreens. I soon reach the 9,624-foot Sonora Pass. Pacific Crest Trail hikers are often spotted here, where the trail crosses the road, hoping to hitch a ride back to civilization for supplies. he way down is just as inspiring. The middle fork of the Stanislaus River cascades down its carved-out gorge. I drive past the Kennedy Meadows Resort and pause awhile at the Columns of the Giants, its strange hexagonal basalt formations formed by ancient lava, before heading for the Donnell Lake view point. Don’t miss this mini hike, a ¼-mile loop with vistas of the lake, dam and canyon far below. On this brilliant day, I marvel at the super-saturated greens of the forest, thankful for the winter rainfall that spurred new and rejuvenated growth. Arriving at Pinecrest Lake for a little break from the road, I stretch my legs by walking a bit of the almost 4-mile loop trail around this popular spot. The fall season offers a quiet respite from the summer vacation rush. There are few people on the trail or in the water. It’s blissfully quiet. For more travel coverage from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond follow us on Flipboard. The city of Sonora makes a fine stopping place, with its restaurants, inns and Dragoon Gulch urban hiking trail, before returning to the Bay Area. But I can’t resist one more stop — at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, which straddles Tuolumne and Calaveras county lines along Highway 4. The park is comprised of a North Grove and a South Grove, containing 100 and 1,000 examples of giant sequoias, respectively. Giant trees The trees became famous in 1852 when a hunter, Augustus Dowd, chased a wounded bear into the forest. Dowd was stopped in his tracks by the sight of the outrageously huge trees. A year later, a tree — the Discovery Tree, which measured 25 feet across — was cut down, the bark was stripped and the tree was reassembled in Europe, where it was promptly deemed a hoax.
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Yosemite Valley
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The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes By DINO VOURNAS, CORRESPONDENT | PUBLISHED: October 7, 2017 at 8:00 am YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne County with such splendor, it almost doesn’t seem fair. That these riches are so easily accessed by hiking trails makes us all the luckier. I am bound for Wapama Falls, a moderate 2½ miles from the O’Shaughnessy Dam trailhead, harboring thoughts of wonder and a bit of sadness. Before this lake was formed at Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy was a glacier-carved, granite-walled valley complete with a mighty river and waterfalls crashing down from dizzying heights. Sound familiar? Naturalist John Muir called the valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite (Valley).” Muir led the battle to save the valley from being dammed to create a reservoir for post-earthquake San Francisco — a fight that was ultimately lost. It’s still wondrous, though. The trail skirts magnificent Tueeulala and Wapama Falls, torrential in the spring but subdued on this fall day. Less than 5 percent of Yosemite’s visitors come to this area, tucked away in the northwestern part of the park, where there is so much to see. Hetch Hetchy lies near the Big Oak Flat entrance to the park on Highway 120. Pretty Carlon Falls is nearby, offering a 3.8-mile round-trip jaunt, sometimes skirting fire-damaged forest, which burned in the devastating Rim Fire of 2013. Sierra trails If you follow eastbound Highway 120 as it becomes the Tioga Road, you’ll find an array of High Sierra hiking trails leading to Lukens Lake and Ten Lakes, Yosemite Creek, North Dome and more. Stop at Olmsted Point for views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and other granite wonders. Explore the high subalpine meadows with their vast grasslands, granite domes, meandering river and trails galore. For more travel coverage from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond follow us on Flipboard. If you’re a hiker or wilderness lover, this is nirvana. The trail that runs along the Dana and Lyell Forks of the Tuolumne River to the Twin Bridges is a one-hour round-trip on this breezy autumn day. But if weather, energy and time permit, you can continue on to Lyell Canyon, Lembert Dome and Dog Lake, the latter a four-hour commitment. If ever there was a year to pay heed to Yosemite’s usual “check road conditions before you go” admonition, it’s this one, with snow flurries on Yosemite and Tahoe peaks already in September. Snow typically closes Tioga Pass, which crests the Sierra at 9,945 feet of elevation, to automobile traffic in mid-November, so yes, check before you go. On this fine day, though, the pass is clear and I roll through, bound for Highway 108 and Sonora Pass in a great looping arc. The steep highway dives down the eastern scarp of the Sierra Nevada, past majestic Tioga and Ellery lakes to the high desert below, before I begin the vertiginous, snaking climb up 108. The road offers stupendous alpine views of granite and basalt, dotted with patches of snow and hardy stands of evergreens. I soon reach the 9,624-foot Sonora Pass. Pacific Crest Trail hikers are often spotted here, where the trail crosses the road, hoping to hitch a ride back to civilization for supplies. he way down is just as inspiring. The middle fork of the Stanislaus River cascades down its carved-out gorge. I drive past the Kennedy Meadows Resort and pause awhile at the Columns of the Giants, its strange hexagonal basalt formations formed by ancient lava, before heading for the Donnell Lake view point. Don’t miss this mini hike, a ¼-mile loop with vistas of the lake, dam and canyon far below. On this brilliant day, I marvel at the super-saturated greens of the forest, thankful for the winter rainfall that spurred new and rejuvenated growth. Arriving at Pinecrest Lake for a little break from the road, I stretch my legs by walking a bit of the almost 4-mile loop trail around this popular spot. The fall season offers a quiet respite from the summer vacation rush. There are few people on the trail or in the water. It’s blissfully quiet. For more travel coverage from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond follow us on Flipboard. The city of Sonora makes a fine stopping place, with its restaurants, inns and Dragoon Gulch urban hiking trail, before returning to the Bay Area. But I can’t resist one more stop — at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, which straddles Tuolumne and Calaveras county lines along Highway 4. The park is comprised of a North Grove and a South Grove, containing 100 and 1,000 examples of giant sequoias, respectively. Giant trees The trees became famous in 1852 when a hunter, Augustus Dowd, chased a wounded bear into the forest. Dowd was stopped in his tracks by the sight of the outrageously huge trees. A year later, a tree — the Discovery Tree, which measured 25 feet across — was cut down, the bark was stripped and the tree was reassembled in Europe, where it was promptly deemed a hoax.
The Arnold Rim Trail was entirely developed by community volunteers and is a testament to local love for outdoor spaces. The trail currently comprises 17 miles winding through old-growth forest, down into shady canyons and up onto rocky outcroppings overlooking the central valley. A non-motorized system, the trail was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians and is a beautiful asset for residents and visitors alike. Dogs are allowed on the trail if they can be brought to heel if wildlife, other dogs or people are encountered.
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Arnold Rim Trail Head
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The Arnold Rim Trail was entirely developed by community volunteers and is a testament to local love for outdoor spaces. The trail currently comprises 17 miles winding through old-growth forest, down into shady canyons and up onto rocky outcroppings overlooking the central valley. A non-motorized system, the trail was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians and is a beautiful asset for residents and visitors alike. Dogs are allowed on the trail if they can be brought to heel if wildlife, other dogs or people are encountered.
White Water River Rafting https://www.oars.com/adventures/south-fork-american-river-rafting/ Splashy good times are guaranteed on this classic California rafting trip that offers exciting, Class III whitewater perfect for beginners, families or anyone looking to have some fun HIGHLIGHTS South Fork American River rafting trips are perfect for families & groups Paddle exciting Class III rapids like Troublemaker, Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar Cool off in the river while swimming through fun rapids & calm pools Splashy, fun whitewater rafting through rolling, wooded hills & rocky gorges FREE camping, showers & restrooms available at OARS American River Outpost
South Fork American River
White Water River Rafting https://www.oars.com/adventures/south-fork-american-river-rafting/ Splashy good times are guaranteed on this classic California rafting trip that offers exciting, Class III whitewater perfect for beginners, families or anyone looking to have some fun HIGHLIGHTS South Fork American River rafting trips are perfect for families & groups Paddle exciting Class III rapids like Troublemaker, Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar Cool off in the river while swimming through fun rapids & calm pools Splashy, fun whitewater rafting through rolling, wooded hills & rocky gorges FREE camping, showers & restrooms available at OARS American River Outpost
Experience thrilling Class IV whitewater, waterfall hikes and backcountry bliss on California’s premier Wild & Scenic rafting trip just outside of Yosemite National Park. https://www.oars.com/adventures/tuolumne-river-rafting-near-yosemite-national-park/ 18 miles of continuous Class IV Tuolumne River whitewater rafting Near Yosemite and an easy drive from San Francisco & Sacramento 1-, 2- and 3-day rafting trips available in a Wild & Scenic river canyon Wine on the River & Craft Beer Tasting trips available Camp, hike, play bocce ball or horseshoes, swim, explore creeks & waterfalls
Tuolumne River
Experience thrilling Class IV whitewater, waterfall hikes and backcountry bliss on California’s premier Wild & Scenic rafting trip just outside of Yosemite National Park. https://www.oars.com/adventures/tuolumne-river-rafting-near-yosemite-national-park/ 18 miles of continuous Class IV Tuolumne River whitewater rafting Near Yosemite and an easy drive from San Francisco & Sacramento 1-, 2- and 3-day rafting trips available in a Wild & Scenic river canyon Wine on the River & Craft Beer Tasting trips available Camp, hike, play bocce ball or horseshoes, swim, explore creeks & waterfalls