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Guidebook for Arnold, CA

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Guidebook for Arnold, CA

Grocery Stores & Essentials
A natural foods market in Murphys about 15 minutes away. Sierra Hills has two side-by-side grocery stores, the natural foods store has an impressive selection for your hippie things.
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Sierra Hills Market
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A natural foods market in Murphys about 15 minutes away. Sierra Hills has two side-by-side grocery stores, the natural foods store has an impressive selection for your hippie things.
This market is only a few minutes from the cabin and is a great stop on your way up. They have a good selection of produce, a deli and some hot to-go food as well. And if you forget anything, it's just down the hill. Also, free coffee while you shop!
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Big Trees Market
2182 California 4
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This market is only a few minutes from the cabin and is a great stop on your way up. They have a good selection of produce, a deli and some hot to-go food as well. And if you forget anything, it's just down the hill. Also, free coffee while you shop!
Parks & Nature
Good spots for a walk in nature or for taking a dip!
True to its name, the sequoias here are impressive. The trail near the Visitor Center is an excellent intro to the park, flat, well-marked and lots of points of interest. The South Grove is expansive with the largest giant sequoias and access points to the Stanislaus River --it's about a 20 minute drive in. One river access point is near the parking lot for the less-crowded South Grove Trail. You'll see a foot bridge close to the parking lot. You can also access at Beaver Creek picnic area (follow the path down from the lot to a sandy beach). The picnic area's parking lot will be on your right as you drive to the South Grove. It's a good idea to ask a ranger! HIKES: flat and well-marked North Grove Trail; Lava Bluff Trail
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
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True to its name, the sequoias here are impressive. The trail near the Visitor Center is an excellent intro to the park, flat, well-marked and lots of points of interest. The South Grove is expansive with the largest giant sequoias and access points to the Stanislaus River --it's about a 20 minute drive in. One river access point is near the parking lot for the less-crowded South Grove Trail. You'll see a foot bridge close to the parking lot. You can also access at Beaver Creek picnic area (follow the path down from the lot to a sandy beach). The picnic area's parking lot will be on your right as you drive to the South Grove. It's a good idea to ask a ranger! HIKES: flat and well-marked North Grove Trail; Lava Bluff Trail
A gem of Calaveras County! Enjoy swimming and kayaking amidst pines and huge granite rocks. Along the north shore along Highway 4, the trail is paved. West of the lake, the trail meanders through the forest, hooking up with a portion of the historic Emigrant-West pioneer route. Great hikes to check out near the lake are Inspiration Point (steep incline to a look out point with 360 degree views) or Duck Lake. Lake Alpine Lodge is a popular restaurant in the summer with an outdoor dining terrace and saloon bar. Or just grab an ice cream at the convenience store! HIKES: Lake Alpine Trail, Lake Alpine Inspiration Point, Duck Lake Loop
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Lake Alpine
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A gem of Calaveras County! Enjoy swimming and kayaking amidst pines and huge granite rocks. Along the north shore along Highway 4, the trail is paved. West of the lake, the trail meanders through the forest, hooking up with a portion of the historic Emigrant-West pioneer route. Great hikes to check out near the lake are Inspiration Point (steep incline to a look out point with 360 degree views) or Duck Lake. Lake Alpine Lodge is a popular restaurant in the summer with an outdoor dining terrace and saloon bar. Or just grab an ice cream at the convenience store! HIKES: Lake Alpine Trail, Lake Alpine Inspiration Point, Duck Lake Loop
A solid nearby spot for swimming and fishing. The sandy beach is hit with kids.
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White Pines Lake
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A solid nearby spot for swimming and fishing. The sandy beach is hit with kids.
A quiet spot to take a dip or wade in the Stanislaus River. There’s also picnic tables in the shade, and hiking and fishing. Enjoy the little sandy beach close to the parking lot. HIKES: There are paths that follow the river that start behind the parking lot and across the street from the lot.
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Sourgrass Day Use
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A quiet spot to take a dip or wade in the Stanislaus River. There’s also picnic tables in the shade, and hiking and fishing. Enjoy the little sandy beach close to the parking lot. HIKES: There are paths that follow the river that start behind the parking lot and across the street from the lot.
30+ miles of hiking. There are many access points -- the closest one is a 5-min walk. Go downhill on Fairway and you'll see a gate on your left (closest address: 3299 Fairway). Be sure to bring water and a map and some bug spray! I recommend Top of the World for ~90 mins, and Cougar Rock for about 2-2.5 hours of hiking. The views before sunset are stunning. The portion starting from White Pines Lake is also really beautiful with a different feel from the access point near the cabin. http://arnoldrimtrail.org
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Arnold Rim Trailhead And Logging Museum
2158 Dunbar Rd
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30+ miles of hiking. There are many access points -- the closest one is a 5-min walk. Go downhill on Fairway and you'll see a gate on your left (closest address: 3299 Fairway). Be sure to bring water and a map and some bug spray! I recommend Top of the World for ~90 mins, and Cougar Rock for about 2-2.5 hours of hiking. The views before sunset are stunning. The portion starting from White Pines Lake is also really beautiful with a different feel from the access point near the cabin. http://arnoldrimtrail.org
A beautiful alpine lake about 1 hour from the cabin. Great for kayaking, stand up paddle board (can rent them from SNAC) or a day trip! To get there, you will need to drive on a dirt road. A higher clearance vehicle can be helpful, or just take it slow.
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Utica Reservoir
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A beautiful alpine lake about 1 hour from the cabin. Great for kayaking, stand up paddle board (can rent them from SNAC) or a day trip! To get there, you will need to drive on a dirt road. A higher clearance vehicle can be helpful, or just take it slow.
Twin reservoir right next to Utica Reservoir about an hour from the cabin. Free entrance and parking. You'll need to drive on a dirt road to access. A higher clearance vehicle is helpful, or just take it slow.
Union Reservoir
Twin reservoir right next to Utica Reservoir about an hour from the cabin. Free entrance and parking. You'll need to drive on a dirt road to access. A higher clearance vehicle is helpful, or just take it slow.
This is currently closed (updated 9/6/20). It's a 2-mile roundtrip hike to a creek and pools of water in a cave. If you bring a floatie, you can float through the cave's tunnel to another pool, but would advise NOT to attempt swimming through the tunnel without one, because of the cave’s cold/deep waters! The creek is really pretty and a swimmable temp in the summer. The small parking lot along Parrott's Ferry Road can get full on summer weekends, so it's recommended to try on a weekday. River shoes recommended to wade/navigate the cool waters in the cave.
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Natural Bridges Trailhead
6850 Stud Horse Flat Road
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This is currently closed (updated 9/6/20). It's a 2-mile roundtrip hike to a creek and pools of water in a cave. If you bring a floatie, you can float through the cave's tunnel to another pool, but would advise NOT to attempt swimming through the tunnel without one, because of the cave’s cold/deep waters! The creek is really pretty and a swimmable temp in the summer. The small parking lot along Parrott's Ferry Road can get full on summer weekends, so it's recommended to try on a weekday. River shoes recommended to wade/navigate the cool waters in the cave.
A small scenic lake off of Highway 4. I haven't seen people swimming here, but canoeing seems to be popular. There are some great hikes starting at the lake. HIKES: There's a trail that goes up behind the lake that leads to Bull Run Lake. Or try another route for the Bull Run Lake Trail, starting between Lake Alpine and Mosquito Lake.
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Mosquito Lake
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A small scenic lake off of Highway 4. I haven't seen people swimming here, but canoeing seems to be popular. There are some great hikes starting at the lake. HIKES: There's a trail that goes up behind the lake that leads to Bull Run Lake. Or try another route for the Bull Run Lake Trail, starting between Lake Alpine and Mosquito Lake.
This is the largest reservoir/lake in the area, and is good for boating, kayaking, swimming. Parking is easy in the day-use lots.
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Spicer Meadow Reservoir
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This is the largest reservoir/lake in the area, and is good for boating, kayaking, swimming. Parking is easy in the day-use lots.
Food
Local coffee roasters in Murphys about 15 minutes away.
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Gold Country Roasters
78 Scott Street
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Local coffee roasters in Murphys about 15 minutes away.
About a 15-minute drive from the cabin. They serve wood-fired pizzas, tacos and burgers. Despite the big range, everything we've tried here is good! We actually love their simple side salad. Great for lunch or casual dinner, beers on tap.
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Firewood
420 Main Street
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About a 15-minute drive from the cabin. They serve wood-fired pizzas, tacos and burgers. Despite the big range, everything we've tried here is good! We actually love their simple side salad. Great for lunch or casual dinner, beers on tap.
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Sarafina's Italian Kitchen
794 California 4
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Good for a date night. A local fav for New American, seasonal cuisine.
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Dogwood
1224 Oak Cir
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Good for a date night. A local fav for New American, seasonal cuisine.
Classic burger, fries, soft serve, shakes spot. Also hot dogs and chili.
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Giant Burger
846 California 4
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Classic burger, fries, soft serve, shakes spot. Also hot dogs and chili.
Your stop for apple cider and apple cider donuts.
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Red Apple
4950 CA-4
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Your stop for apple cider and apple cider donuts.
Tacos Correa Tacos Truck is a good en route lunch stop right off Hwy 4 about an hour before Arnold. It's at the main intersection in Farmington (look for a Circle K). They serve street tacos, burritos etc. Hours posted are 9-6:30 everyday.
Farmington
Tacos Correa Tacos Truck is a good en route lunch stop right off Hwy 4 about an hour before Arnold. It's at the main intersection in Farmington (look for a Circle K). They serve street tacos, burritos etc. Hours posted are 9-6:30 everyday.
Their deli is a great stop before heading out for the day's adventure. Generous-sized sandwiches that come with a snack.
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Big Trees Market
2182 California 4
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Their deli is a great stop before heading out for the day's adventure. Generous-sized sandwiches that come with a snack.
A good family-run place for take-out just down the hill if you don't feel like cooking!
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Arnold Chinese Restaurant
2182 California 4
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A good family-run place for take-out just down the hill if you don't feel like cooking!
The main cafe and place to get coffee drinks in Arnold. Cafe fare, espresso, and breakfast sandwiches. A large outdoor patio.
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Bistro Espresso
2182 California 4
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The main cafe and place to get coffee drinks in Arnold. Cafe fare, espresso, and breakfast sandwiches. A large outdoor patio.
They have a saloon (with pub grub) and a restaurant with a big outdoor patio, serving fare like prime rib, baked brie, and Caesar salad. Reservations recommended on weekends. Open every day but closed from 3-5pm.
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Murphys Historic Hotel
457 Main Street
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They have a saloon (with pub grub) and a restaurant with a big outdoor patio, serving fare like prime rib, baked brie, and Caesar salad. Reservations recommended on weekends. Open every day but closed from 3-5pm.
Big Bear Cafe - a new bakery in town serving donuts and pastries
1131 CA-4
1131 CA-4
Big Bear Cafe - a new bakery in town serving donuts and pastries
Locally made ice cream and sorbet!
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JoMa's Artisan Ice Cream
386 Main St
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Locally made ice cream and sorbet!
A casual family-friendly "beer garden" that offers sandwiches and a great selection of interesting beers, ciders, and sours on tap. Nice shaded outdoor patio with picnic tables.
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Murphys Pourhouse
350 Main St
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A casual family-friendly "beer garden" that offers sandwiches and a great selection of interesting beers, ciders, and sours on tap. Nice shaded outdoor patio with picnic tables.
A saloon with outdoor patio that has good food and grill items like big burgers, kale salad, onion rings, etc.
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Lube Room Saloon
3431 California 4
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A saloon with outdoor patio that has good food and grill items like big burgers, kale salad, onion rings, etc.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great old-school bar with patio and sometimes live music. They have solid bar food too... burgers, kale salad, onion rings!
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Lube Room Saloon
3431 California 4
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Great old-school bar with patio and sometimes live music. They have solid bar food too... burgers, kale salad, onion rings!
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Ironstone Vineyards
1894 6 Mile Road
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Tasting room in downtown Murphys.
Lavender Ridge Vineyard Tasting
425 Main Street
Tasting room in downtown Murphys.
A casual beer garden atmosphere. Great selection of interesting beers, ciders, and sours on tap. Nice shaded outdoor patio with picnic tables that is kid-friendly. They also offer food and sandwiches.
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Murphys Pourhouse
350 Main St
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A casual beer garden atmosphere. Great selection of interesting beers, ciders, and sours on tap. Nice shaded outdoor patio with picnic tables that is kid-friendly. They also offer food and sandwiches.
Sightseeing
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Mercer Caverns
1665 Sheep Ranch Road
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Moaning Caverns Adventure Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
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Shopping
Downtown Murphys (about 15 minutes away from the cabin), is charming and more bustling than Arnold. You can walk around and check out the shops and many restaurant and pub options.
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Murphys
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Downtown Murphys (about 15 minutes away from the cabin), is charming and more bustling than Arnold. You can walk around and check out the shops and many restaurant and pub options.
Equipment Rentals
Get outfitted for recreation! Rent your snowshoes, skis, winter clothing as well as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards here. Across from Big Trees Market.
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Sierra Nevada Adventure Co
2293 California 4
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Get outfitted for recreation! Rent your snowshoes, skis, winter clothing as well as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards here. Across from Big Trees Market.
Another great rental shop. Snowshoes run ~$12/day (FYI each renter must be present to sign liability waivers). Also you can buy your SNO Park pass ($5/day) here, to access a few sledding parks up highway 4.
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Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
925 CA-4
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Another great rental shop. Snowshoes run ~$12/day (FYI each renter must be present to sign liability waivers). Also you can buy your SNO Park pass ($5/day) here, to access a few sledding parks up highway 4.