Guidebook for Arnold

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Guidebook for Arnold

Food Scene

Local fave for a drink or casual dinner out. Live music some nights in summer.
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Lube Room Saloon
3431 California 4
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Local fave for a drink or casual dinner out. Live music some nights in summer.
Closest location for gas and basic supplies. The Beer Garden is the newest place in town to grab a bite for dinner or hear local music.
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Camp Connell General Store
4036 California 4
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Closest location for gas and basic supplies. The Beer Garden is the newest place in town to grab a bite for dinner or hear local music.
Known primarily for their beer and kid-friendly. Large menu, but food is generally considered to be mediocre. We're a fan of the take-and-bake pizzas.
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Snowshoe Brewing Company
2050 CA-4
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Known primarily for their beer and kid-friendly. Large menu, but food is generally considered to be mediocre. We're a fan of the take-and-bake pizzas.
Good quality, family-style Italian food. It's a small restaurant that fills up fast, so be sure to call ahead for a reservation.
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Sarafina's Italian Kitchen
794 California 4
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Good quality, family-style Italian food. It's a small restaurant that fills up fast, so be sure to call ahead for a reservation.
Arnold's main Coffee Shop. Fair trade coffee drinks, sandwiches & salads, ice cream and homemade pastries. Located in Meadowmont Shopping Center.
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Bistro Espresso
2182 California 4
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Arnold's main Coffee Shop. Fair trade coffee drinks, sandwiches & salads, ice cream and homemade pastries. Located in Meadowmont Shopping Center.
Giant Burger started in 1968 in Arnold, CA and is one of Arnold’s longest running businesses. Made-to-order specialty burgers, plus sandwiches, fish and chips, beef hotdogs. And great shakes. One of our favorites after a day of hiking.
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Giant Burger
846 California 4
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Giant Burger started in 1968 in Arnold, CA and is one of Arnold’s longest running businesses. Made-to-order specialty burgers, plus sandwiches, fish and chips, beef hotdogs. And great shakes. One of our favorites after a day of hiking.
Voted best pizza in Calaveras county for a reason. Great place to eat when exploring Angels Camp, and our go-to place to eat when heading back home after a weekend at the cabin.
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Mike's Pizza
294 South Main Street
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Voted best pizza in Calaveras county for a reason. Great place to eat when exploring Angels Camp, and our go-to place to eat when heading back home after a weekend at the cabin.
One of the more upscale restaurants in Arnold. American food in a cozy atmosphere. Nice patio despite being right on Hwy 4. Reservations recommended.
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Dogwood
1224 Oak Cir
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One of the more upscale restaurants in Arnold. American food in a cozy atmosphere. Nice patio despite being right on Hwy 4. Reservations recommended.

Essentials

Closest gas station to fuel up before heading down the mountain or up to Bear Valley.
Chevron Camp Connell
Closest gas station to fuel up before heading down the mountain or up to Bear Valley.
Camp Connell Post Office

Parks & Nature

The North Grove is easy to access, and offers close-up spectacular views of majestic giant sequoias along its nearly level 1.5 mile (2.3 km) loop. Expect to take approximately one hour to hike the North Grove trail and if you have youngsters in strollers, this is the trail for you. A free, guided hike is available at 1:00 pm each Saturday, given by a knowledgeable docent or ranger.
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
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The North Grove is easy to access, and offers close-up spectacular views of majestic giant sequoias along its nearly level 1.5 mile (2.3 km) loop. Expect to take approximately one hour to hike the North Grove trail and if you have youngsters in strollers, this is the trail for you. A free, guided hike is available at 1:00 pm each Saturday, given by a knowledgeable docent or ranger.
Lake Alpine, located at an elevation of 7,350-feet, is worth the drive for its pristine beauty. The lake is formed by snow melt. so the water is very cold even well into the summer. It’s regularly planted with trout – making for some great fishing in a breath taking setting (get your fishing license online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
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Lake Alpine
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Lake Alpine, located at an elevation of 7,350-feet, is worth the drive for its pristine beauty. The lake is formed by snow melt. so the water is very cold even well into the summer. It’s regularly planted with trout – making for some great fishing in a breath taking setting (get your fishing license online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
A beautiful 17-mile trail system was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians. The Arnold trailhead is at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum. Dogs are allowed on this trail on leash or off leash if your dog will come when called.
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Arnold Rim Trail Head
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A beautiful 17-mile trail system was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians. The Arnold trailhead is at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum. Dogs are allowed on this trail on leash or off leash if your dog will come when called.
Popular with tourists and locals, White Pines Lake has beaches, picnic tables, a children’s playground and disc golf course. It can get pretty crowded on hot days, so plan to go early!
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White Pines Lake
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Popular with tourists and locals, White Pines Lake has beaches, picnic tables, a children’s playground and disc golf course. It can get pretty crowded on hot days, so plan to go early!
Be our guest at the Big Trees Village rec center. Access to the 2 heated pools is $7 / day per person. Pools are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free facilities include tennis courts, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and an 18 hole Frisbee Golf Course, children's playground and large BBQ area. Open seasonally.
Big Trees Village Property Owners Association
1211 Sierra Parkway
Be our guest at the Big Trees Village rec center. Access to the 2 heated pools is $7 / day per person. Pools are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Free facilities include tennis courts, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and an 18 hole Frisbee Golf Course, children's playground and large BBQ area. Open seasonally.
Small and pristine, the reservoir has a rocky, wooded shoreline and many islands that are fun to paddle to and explore. Only non-motorized boating is allowed here.
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Utica Reservoir
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Small and pristine, the reservoir has a rocky, wooded shoreline and many islands that are fun to paddle to and explore. Only non-motorized boating is allowed here.
The beautiful Sourgrass Recreation Area is located outside Dorrington on The North Fork of the Stanislaus River at Sourgrass/Board’s Crossing Road, across the river from Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground. Tall pines, incense cedars and black oaks grow around granite boulders in this canyon inhabited by Native Americans for 2000 years. The day use area allows parking for up to 15 cars and also has potable water and flush restrooms. One of our favorite areas for picnics, fishing and hiking.
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Sourgrass Day Use
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The beautiful Sourgrass Recreation Area is located outside Dorrington on The North Fork of the Stanislaus River at Sourgrass/Board’s Crossing Road, across the river from Wa Ka Luu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground. Tall pines, incense cedars and black oaks grow around granite boulders in this canyon inhabited by Native Americans for 2000 years. The day use area allows parking for up to 15 cars and also has potable water and flush restrooms. One of our favorite areas for picnics, fishing and hiking.

Sightseeing

Moaning Cavern holds California’s deepest cave chamber, where you can descend deep underground on a guided walk tour, or reserve a challenging, 3-hour caving Adventure Trip. Above ground, race 1/4 mile on thrilling twin zip lines or climb their 32-ft custom climbing tower. For the little ones, gemstone mining at their custom flume system is always fun and cracking geodes is a big hit with rock hounds of all ages.
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Moaning Caverns Adventure Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
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Moaning Cavern holds California’s deepest cave chamber, where you can descend deep underground on a guided walk tour, or reserve a challenging, 3-hour caving Adventure Trip. Above ground, race 1/4 mile on thrilling twin zip lines or climb their 32-ft custom climbing tower. For the little ones, gemstone mining at their custom flume system is always fun and cracking geodes is a big hit with rock hounds of all ages.
National Geographic Adventure has selected OARS as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” for consecutive years based on education, sustainability, quality of service, and spirit of adventure.
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OARS California Rafting
2863 California 49
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National Geographic Adventure has selected OARS as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” for consecutive years based on education, sustainability, quality of service, and spirit of adventure.
Most family-friendly, uncrowded large ski resort in the Sierras. Bear Valley offers a total of ten lifts and 75+ trails across 1680 ski-able acres and a 1900′ vertical drop. 25% of trails are beginner difficulty, 40% are intermediate and 35% are advanced or higher. We love the kid's ski school.
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Skyline Bear Valley Mountain Resort
2280 state Route 207
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Most family-friendly, uncrowded large ski resort in the Sierras. Bear Valley offers a total of ten lifts and 75+ trails across 1680 ski-able acres and a 1900′ vertical drop. 25% of trails are beginner difficulty, 40% are intermediate and 35% are advanced or higher. We love the kid's ski school.
Originally called Mammoth Cave, California Cavern was California’s first show cave and is its longest cavern system. Depending on the season, the guided cavern walk tour can be 45 minutes to 80 minutes long featuring an enchanting trail with beautiful crystalline cave formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas.
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California Cavern State Historic Landmark
9565 Cave City Road
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Originally called Mammoth Cave, California Cavern was California’s first show cave and is its longest cavern system. Depending on the season, the guided cavern walk tour can be 45 minutes to 80 minutes long featuring an enchanting trail with beautiful crystalline cave formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas.
IN WINTER: Features one of the largest cross country ski areas in California with 35 trails for 65 kilometers of groomed track and skating lanes, rental and retail shop, lessons, trailside lunch café, sledding hills open daily and tubing hills open weekends/holidays (note: only rental sleds/tubes allowed) during the winter. IN SUMMER: Over 100 miles of USFS single track and trails for mountain biking, excellent, high mountain road biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing on 4 nearby lakes
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Bear Valley Adventure Company
1 Bear Valley Road
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IN WINTER: Features one of the largest cross country ski areas in California with 35 trails for 65 kilometers of groomed track and skating lanes, rental and retail shop, lessons, trailside lunch café, sledding hills open daily and tubing hills open weekends/holidays (note: only rental sleds/tubes allowed) during the winter. IN SUMMER: Over 100 miles of USFS single track and trails for mountain biking, excellent, high mountain road biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing on 4 nearby lakes
Bear Valley Snowmobile is the only place where you can rent snowmobiles by the hour out of Lake Alpine and Spicer Sno-Park for self-guided tours in the pristine wilderness, along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway.
Bear Valley Snowmobile
132 Bear Valley Road
Bear Valley Snowmobile is the only place where you can rent snowmobiles by the hour out of Lake Alpine and Spicer Sno-Park for self-guided tours in the pristine wilderness, along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway.
The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee features the famous jumping frog competition, and takes place over 4 days on the third weekend in May. It's the longest running county fair in California, and great for good old fashion county fair fun.
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Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
2465 Gunclub Road
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The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee features the famous jumping frog competition, and takes place over 4 days on the third weekend in May. It's the longest running county fair in California, and great for good old fashion county fair fun.

Shopping

Known locally as SNAC, the place to go for kayak, canoe, SUP, ski, snowboard and snowshoe rentals.
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Sierra Nevada Adventure Co
2293 California 4
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Known locally as SNAC, the place to go for kayak, canoe, SUP, ski, snowboard and snowshoe rentals.
Well stocked sporting goods store for hiking and skiing needs, including ski rentals in winter.
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Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
925 CA-4
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Well stocked sporting goods store for hiking and skiing needs, including ski rentals in winter.

Arts & Culture

The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is situated at one end of beautiful White Pines Lake and gives a fascinating look into the history of logging with creative exhibits bring this history to life. A nice stop to combine with the Arnold Rim Trail or an afternoon at White Pines Lake.
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Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
2148 Dunbar Road
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The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is situated at one end of beautiful White Pines Lake and gives a fascinating look into the history of logging with creative exhibits bring this history to life. A nice stop to combine with the Arnold Rim Trail or an afternoon at White Pines Lake.
The Calaveras County Museum Complex offers historical artifacts and information on Calaveras County's history from the lives of the early Miwok natives, to California's Gold Rush and beyond.
Calaveras County Historical Society
30 Main St
The Calaveras County Museum Complex offers historical artifacts and information on Calaveras County's history from the lives of the early Miwok natives, to California's Gold Rush and beyond.

Entertainment & Activities

Fun place for kids to burn off some energy, especially on a rainy day. Mini golf, lazer tag, bouncy houses and much more for a single, reasonable admission fee. A separate toddler area helps ensure that little ones don’t get overwhelmed by older kids’ energy and activities. Things to know: - You can bring in your food, as long as it's not peanuts, shellfish or alcohol. No glass containers. - Be sure to bring socks! No shoes allowed, and socks are 100% required. - Limited hours, so call ahead to make sure they're open. - Can be a bit hard to find - it's located within the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.
Barrel of Monkeez
2465 Gun Club Road
Fun place for kids to burn off some energy, especially on a rainy day. Mini golf, lazer tag, bouncy houses and much more for a single, reasonable admission fee. A separate toddler area helps ensure that little ones don’t get overwhelmed by older kids’ energy and activities. Things to know: - You can bring in your food, as long as it's not peanuts, shellfish or alcohol. No glass containers. - Be sure to bring socks! No shoes allowed, and socks are 100% required. - Limited hours, so call ahead to make sure they're open. - Can be a bit hard to find - it's located within the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.