2016 Winterfest in Bear Valley

Thanksgiving weekend means WINTERFEST CELEBRATION and we are making plans for winter excitement that will kick-off on Friday Nov. 25th.   You can expect fun activities like downhill skiing and snowboarding, bonfires, movies, live music and great food.  Now is the time to book your stay for the weekend!  To make reservations CLICK HERE or Call Bear Valley Lodge at 209-753-2327.

Friday, November 25

Saturday, November 26

  • 10am- 2pm Bear Valley Snowmobile Open House – 209-753-2323 – Tri tip,  Hot dogs, Potato salad, Chips and Dips, Beer/wine  Come in, visit, eat and enjoy.
  • 11 am to 5 pm – snow play and snowman building at Tamarack Lodge – 209-753-2310
  • 12 PM: Wine Tasting in the Meadow  call 209-753-2834,  $10 per person, pre-registration required, space limited, call 209-753-2834
  • 3 pm to 6 pm – Winter-fest with marshmallow roast at Tamarack Lodge – 209-753-2310
  • 5:30 PM: Winterfest Celebration Bonfire and Family Fun – At the south side of the Bear Valley Lodge across from the main entrance 209-753-2327
  • 6:30 PM: Warren Miller Film in Bear Valley Lodge, Benefits youth sports, donations welcome 209-753-2327
  • 8–10 PM: Music – In the Cathedral Lounge at the Bear Valley Lodge 209-753-2327

Sunday, November 27

  • Bear Valley Mountain and Cross Country Ski Areas- Ski, Ride, Cross-country Ski and snowshoe

2017 Alpine County Music in the Park Series – Next Concert July 29th

Music in the Park

All Music in the Park concerts are free to the public. Our events are Tobacco Free.

Everyone’s invited to bring picnic suppers, lawn chairs and your own shade. Kids can enjoy the Markleeville Community Park playground while the bands play on. Donations to fund the Friends of the Library programs in support of Alpine County Libraries are always welcomed in the giant mandolin case in front of the stage!

The 2017 Musical Line Up:

Saturday, June 24, 5 pm
Carolyn Dolan and Big Red
Contemporary jazz and blues

Saturday, July 29, 5 pm
Suspect Terrane
Swing, Americana and a lotta fun

Sunday, August 13, 5 pm
Beans Sousa and Slade Rivers Band
Selections from the new Honky Tonk Highway album

Saturday, August 26, 5 pm
Bison Bluegrass Band
free range, organic, locally grown

Saturday, September 9, 4 pm
The California Sons
Rocking Americana and bluegrass – return engagement

Music in the Park 2017 thanks the following local businesses and services for sponsoring our days of live music and festive picnics.

This year’s sponsors: Sorensen’s Resort, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Intero Real Estate Services, California Alps Coffee Haus, Trailblazer Travel Books, Douglas Disposal and Recycling Services, Friends of Hope Valley, Markleeville General Store, Woodfords Inn, Barbara and Michael Barton, Amy Skewes-Cox and Robert Twiss, Holdridge Family, Donald M. Jardine, Tom and Marilyn Kolpacoff, Rick Meyers.

2017 Independence Day Parade in Arnold

Celebrate Independence Day weekend, Saturday, July 1st at 10 am. Hwy 4 closes at 9:30 am so the Ebbetts Pass Corridor can celebrate all along the parade route in Arnold.

It is a complete day of fun in Arnold, you can start your day off with a great pancake breakfast from the Lions Club, relax with friends and family while you watch the parade and enjoy a concert at Cedar Center. So grab your lawn chairs, mark you viewing spots and Celebrate America’s Birthday Mountain Style!

2nd Annual Christmas in White Pines

November 25, 2016 – Christmas in White Pines – Join the folks of White Pines for their 2nd Annual Parade of Lights – Parade begins at Dunbar Road and proceeds down Blagen Road to White Pines Park – Blagen Road closes at 6:45pm – Visit with Mr & Mrs Claus in the Gazebo beginning at 6pm – Enjoy the 75′ Christmas Tree, Christmas Carols, Refreshments and Treats!

Want to be in the parade or help sponsor this event?  Visit for all the information.

A Day in the Park at Big Trees State Park and Lots More Summer Fun

A Day in the Park, August 19, 2017

Calaveras Big Trees Association Presents “A Day in the Park” on August 19, 10am – 3pm.  Bring your family and friends to a fun-filled afternoon of music by the Magnolia Rhythm Trio.  Delicious BBQ will be available by Big Boys Barbecue.  Our interpretive aids will provide wonderful arts and crafts for the kids and Columbia State Park will be on hand to share everyday life in the 1870’s.  The Columbia rangers and docents will also be sharing old-time games from the 1800’s.  This event will be held near the campfire circle and Jack Knight Hall.

This event replaces Family Day which normally is celebrated in July.

Visit to see all the events planned this summer:

Saturday Photography Walks
Wednesday Photography Workshops
Summer Programs
Campfire Program
Creek Critters

A Walk in the Park Film Showing with David Vassar

November 25, 2016 – A Walk in the Park with David Vassar – Bear Valley Resort and Backcountry Pictures presents “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” featuring the Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian, David Vassar on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 7-10pm. This VIP presentation is limited to only 150 tickets and will presented in Bear Valley Resorts’ majestic Cathedral Lounge as part of Winterfest Weekend. The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception with the filmmaker and each attendee will receive a free Bear Valley 2016/17 Season Ski Lift ticket valued at $75.  “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” is an epic film retrospective through America’s magnificent Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks, among others, highlighted with personal stories from Vassar’s lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Scenes from Vassar’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, Generation on the Wind, and the PBS special featuring California State Parks, California Forever, are also included in the program. The program also includes a sneak peek of Vassar’s new film about the deserts of the American Southwest, “Exquisite Wasteland,” co-produced with Sally Kaplan, which advocates for desert protection and features Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, the Mojave National

Alpine County Bike & Pedestrian Projects Workshop

The Alpine County Local Transportation Commission will be holding a community outreach workshop to solicit feedback on projects to be included in the upcoming Active Transportation Plan. The Active Transportation Plan is currently being developed to position bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects for funding in various State and Federal programs.
The workshop will be held tomorrow, April 4, 2017 at the County Board of Supervisor Chambers at 1:30 PM. A meeting agenda is attached.
Alternative methods of providing input include direct feedback to the Local Transportation Commission or project consultant. You may also fill out a survey and access direct comment cards at the project web site
We hope to see your participation in this project.
Project Contact
Brian Peters, Executive Secretary
Alpine County Local Transportation Commission
50 Diamond Valley Road
Markleeville, CA 96120
(530) 694-2140

Project Consultant
Jeff Schwein, AICP CTP
Green DOT Transportation Solutions
(530) 895-1109

Arnold Rim Trail Guided Hike May 13, 2017 and More

The 2017 Arnold Rim Trail Association calendar year starts with two wonderful interpretive nature walks, guided by two superb educators who make the forest come alive!

Interpretive Nature Walks:
Saturday, April 22, 9am, Natural & Cultural History of the Area, by Nancy Muleady-Mecham. Saturdays, April 22, May 13, and June 24th, 9am:
Stroll along the Arnold Rim Trail and explore “The Natural and Cultural History of the Area” with National Park Service Ranger, retired, Nancy Muleady-Mecham, PhD. Meet at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum parking area in White Pines at 9am. The walk is two hours and two miles. Bring water. Hike proceeds rain or shine.
Saturday, April 29, 1pm, Get to Know Your Conifers, by Mary Anne Carlton.
Please see details about both walks below.

Guided Sunset/Full Moon Hikes to Cougar Rock: May 10th, June 9th, July 8th, Aug 5th, Sept 5th, and October 5th. See specific details below.

Volunteer Trail Work Days: May 20th (as always, the third Saturday of each month from May to October.) Details below.

We are very excited about this year’s calendar of events and our plans to add additional trail signage in 2017 to the Arnold Rim Trail and to the other paths that criss-cross the ART. Please send questions, comments, or suggestions to

Art in the Park at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Arts of Bear Valley presents their 16th annual Art Show and Sale.  The beauty of the Park is expressed through these amazing artists.

When:  Daily June 29 – July 11             10 am – 5 pm

Where: Jack Night Hall

Be sure to stop by and see the beautiful artwork done by local artists.  There may be something you cannot resist to remind you of your visit to the Park.

Backcountry Film Festival 2017

Backcountry Film Festival 2017
January 21, 2017

Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Bear Valley on Saturday, January 21st!

Join us for a series of winter sports films and a short avalanche safety presentation hosted by the Nickolay Dodov Foundation.

Admission is FREE, though donations are appreciated and go directly to the Nickolay Dodov Foundation. Doors open at 6 PM and films begin at 7 PM.

We hope to see you at the Cathedral Lounge in the Bear Valley Lodge for this special event!


Bear Valley Development Update

Bear Valley Development Reaches Key Milestones
After long regulatory process, California ski area readies for expansion

Bear Valley, Calif., (January 23, 2013) – Bear Valley Resorts announced today that it has reached several key milestones in its master development plan, laying the groundwork for the realization of its long-planned renovation and expansion. Situated between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite on California’s scenic Highway 4, Bear Valley has long been known as one of the regions’ premiere mid-size resorts, family-friendly and situated in a breathtakingly beautiful valley.

The milestones include the resort village receiving final approval for its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Master Plan, as well as the completion and approval of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the ski area.

The ski area’s redevelopment and expansion planning began in 2005, when the ownership of the resort and the village was consolidated. At that point, ownership partners laid out a long-term master plan in several phases: the purchase of the resort and village properties; the permitting and entitlement phase; an investment cycle; and a development phase. After nearly seven years of painstaking regulatory and environmental work, the first two phases are now complete.

Greg Finch, the managing partner of Bear Valley Resorts, said, “After many years of very hard work, we have completed the entitlement phase and are now moving into the investment cycle. It is very exciting after all this time to be able to actually start thinking about what we can do, instead of working through regulatory issues. All the groundwork for a spectacular development has been laid –this will be one of the jewels of the Sierra.”

The partnership is now actively at work securing the capital needed to fund the planned expansion, which includes projects such as installing chairlifts; including a lift that would link the Village to the ski area, mountain top dining and a pedestrian village with retail, dining and plans for up to 350 residential units.

“I don’t see the future expansion as changing anything about the unique mountain village living experience that Bear Valley families now enjoy,” said Terry Woodrow, an Alpine County Supervisor. “In addition, it will introduce more families to the area and will help expand economic opportunities in our region. The community is pleased that the Bear Valley ownership group pursued this long regulatory process through to completion and we are looking forward to the future expansion and redevelopment.”

“We’re quite confident that we will secure funding for the expansion,” noted Finch. “Bear Valley represents one of the last great development opportunities in the Sierra. It is the closest multi-facet resort to many of the residents of the Bay Area, and will forever feel uncrowded and unspoiled. Completing all these entitlements is a huge accomplishment but it is just the start. Any meaningful next steps will require a great deal of capital and we want to build on our current momentum.

Finch also noted that he is seeing positive change in the local and national real estate market after several years of depressed pricing and sales. “While we are still some ways away from a total recovery, the movement is finally in the right direction.”

“Alpine county is one of those truly special places in the Sierra and among its greatest assets are two of the best ski resorts in California,” stated Michael Berry, long term CEO of Kirkwood and now President of the National Ski Area Association (NSAA). “I see Bear Valley Mountain as one those rare gems that with a caring group of investors can pursue a renovation and expansion plan that will create a truly unique destination….a place where families can gather and enjoy a spectacular mountain resort summer and winter,” he added.

About Bear Valley Mountain & Bear Valley Village

Bear Valley Mountain and Village is the premier family mountain sports and lodging destination in the Central Sierra. Conveniently located on National Scenic Byway Highway 4 in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range and surrounded by two of California’s largest federally designated wilderness areas, outdoor activities in Bear Valley are abundant. The ski and board area offers 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks featuring more than 18 features, and 1,900 vertical feet. Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year. Bear Valley Village is home to a variety of services, shops, restaurants and a wide range of accommodations. Winters provide skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Hiking, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and a variety of cultural events make for a perfect summer of activities. More information is available at


Bear Valley Mental Health Program Job Opening

Bear Valley Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Program Specialist

Bear Valley – MHSA Program Specialist

Behavioral Health Services

Salary Range 44C: ($22.55-$27.40) per hour

80% Full Time Equivalent with Benefits

Under general supervision, the Mental Health Services Act Program Specialist will be responsible for conducting outreach and engagement activities, offering rehabilitation services, providing individual case management services and implementation of the Mental Health Services Act Plan program objectives and other related duties as assigned.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Psychology, Sociology, or a related social science field or 
Completion of college course work in psychology, sociology, or a related social science field and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience working in a community based behavioral health program(s).
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible professional or administrative experience preferably in the behavioral health field utilizing MHSA funding.
Prefer that the individual live in the consumer service area.
Prefer that the individual is or was a consumer of behavioral health services or the family member of a consumer of behavioral health services.

COMPENSATION &   BENEFITS        80% FTE in a five step salary system with advancement upon satisfactory completion of a one year probationary period and annual increases thereafter.                   

  • Health Insurance:  County provides medical, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents with co-payment by employees, based on family status
  • Vacation:  Accrued at the rate of 6.67 hours per month, or 10 vacation days per year.
  • Sick Leave: Earned at the rate of 8 hours per month.
  • Holidays:  15 paid holidays per year.
  • Retirement:  Participation in the California Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), 2% at 62 plan for “New Members”
  • Deferred Compensation:  The County has a voluntary deferred compensation program.
  • Alpine County is a drug, alcohol and smoke-free workplace.

Eligible applicants are REQUIRED to complete an Alpine County application form.  Resumes may not be substituted for the official county application but may be attached to a completed application.  A County application can be completed online on our website at www. Qualified applicants will be invited to an oral interview after review of the applications.  Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical review/examination, background and reference check; satisfactory driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Fax and postmarks will not be accepted.    Applications are to be filed at:

Alpine County Administration

P.O. Box 387

Markleeville, CA 96120

Alpine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sex or age.

Please click here for full job description:  MHSA Program Specialist

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Status Open
Category Part Time Jobs
Published Nov 06, 2017, 05:01 PM
Closing Dec 08, 2017, 05:00 PM

Bear Valley Mountain Resort Thanks Everybody…

..for a Fantastic Summer.

Summer at Bear Valley has come to an end and it was an amazing one. We had glamping for the first time, a revamped adventure park, and electric mountain bike tours. While we are all sad summer has ended, we are juiced for the upcoming winter season. Our new 6 pack lift is currently under construction and will be ready to ride this December. Get ready for less lines and more runs on the mountain! This lift will get you to Bear Top in about 3.5 minutes allowing you to get more runs in through the day.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you enter our “name the chair” contest for a chance to win some lift tickets or even a season pass!

Or check the lift update page to see the progress on the new lift.

We hope to see you up here for another EPIC winter!

Bear Valley Music Festival

There’s still a lot to see and hear!  Visit for all the details. And don’t forget to check the events list at to see what else is happening in Bear Valley this summer.

July 26 – Motown Night
July 27-29 – Symphonies
July 30 – POPS at the Movies
August 2 – Winetasting – Sips, Sonatas & Surprises
August 3 – Tribute To Queen
August 4 – POPS Great American Songbook
August 5 – Gala Dinner
August 6 – Free Sunday Double Feature for Families

Friday and Saturday evening concerts now offer a pre-concert barbecue meal at the tent. Round-trip shuttle service is available for all evening concerts from Forest Meadows, Arnold, and Dorrington. To reserve a shuttle ride or purchase a barbecue meal, please choose those options at the end of your order when purchasing online, or call 209-813-0554.

Bear Valley Music Festival

Think music! Summer is almost here… If you don’t have your Festival tickets yet, scroll down to browse this summer’s selection.

Select from our tributes to Fleetwood Mac, Motown and Queen. If you like country music, look no further — Hal Ketchum sings his own top hits on Opening Night (July 21). Fans of Beethoven will get a triple treat with his most thrilling string quartet (Opus 132 including the Große Fuge) on July 23, his immortal Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) on July 28 and his last (and greatest) piano concerto (“Emperor”).

Drive up for the weekend or stay for the whole Festival. Let the music elevate you more than 7,000 feet!

All evening concerts now offer a pre-concert barbecue meal at the tent and round-trip shuttle service from Forest Meadows, Arnold, and Dorrington. To reserve a shuttle ride or purchase a barbecue meal, please choose those options at the end of your order when purchasing online, or call 209-813-0554.

Bear Valley Opening Day Update – 12-23-2017!

The latest news from the mountain…..

Opening Day 12/23!

4 inches of snow last night, cold temps and we are thrilled to announce that we will be opening this Saturday, December 23rd! Our snowmaking team has been hard at work building our snow base and cold weather patterns should continue to support high snowmaking production levels. In addition to the base and beginner areas, our snowmaking is focused on Mokelumne West and getting a run off the top of the mountain open as soon as possible. For this weekend, we are confirming the following services and activities at Bear Valley Mountain!

  • Panda Carpet
  • Cub Carpet
  • Terrain Park boxes near Koala
  • Sledding
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Cub Chair is tentative – stay tuned!

Food and Beverage on mountain opens at 8:00 am Saturday and all guest services, retail, repair and rental areas will be open and ready to serve at 8:30 am. Group and private lessons are available for all ages.  Make sure you come on up this weekend and kick off your winter fun and holiday season at Bear Valley! 

There’s lot’s more planned during the next couple of weeks.  Check it all out here.

Bear Valley Season Passes

At Bear Valley, we focus on fun for the entire family and have geared our season passes and perks to celebrate you. Bear Valley is about PURE MOUNTAIN FUN; whether you cherish powder days in world-class terrain, kickin’ it up in our terrain parks, or if you just prefer a beautiful corduroy finish in a place where people know your name and are glad you came – Bear Valley is for you!  

Choose the season pass for you by exploring PEAKSPOLARCOLLEGE/MILITARYSPRING, and RENEWAL passes.

Bear Valley Winter Explosion 2018

When the lifts stop turning, Winter Explosion festivities begin!

Fireworks, Torchlight Parade, and Family Fun

Join us for MLK (Martin Luther King) Holiday weekend for a great getaway and fun on the slopes.   On Saturday, January 13th there is a full day of family fun planned at the mountain and in Bear Valley Village!  Activities include the talented Megan Slankard on the sundeck beginning at noon.   After the lifts stop turning enjoy special dinner, movie, torchlight parade, a spectacular fireworks show, and kids activities.

After enjoying a day on the slopes stick around for more winter fun, you will be glad you stayed, it is always a night to remember!

Schedule of Events Saturday, January 13th:

  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Tubing hill open – $10 available in the Guest Services/Season Pass office.
  • 1:00 PM: Sign-Ups begin for Torch Light Parade until sold out in the Guest Services / Season Pass office.
  • 4:00 PM: Torch Light participants – time to pick up special lift ticket at the Sunroom Kiosk – your name will be on a list.  NOTE: No Shows will be removed at 5pm and tickets issued to new participants.
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Activities for the kids in the Sun Room!
    • Pine Cone Decorating – Arts and crafts time! Decorate a pine cone!
    • Children’s Face Painting
  • 4:45 PM: Movie time! Watch a special showing of Horton Hear’s a Who in the Sun Room!
  • 5:00 PM: Dinner Service in Ebbetts Grill begins. Adults – $16; Children – $11. See the link below for the menu!
  • 5:45-6pm – Chairload for Parade participants (don’t miss the last chair!)
  • 6:15 PM: Torch Light Parade Begins  – get ready for fireworks
  • 6:30 PM: Fireworks are immediately following the parade

Times are approximate. Times and activities are subject to change.

Big Trees Winter Wonderland Carnival

December 28, 2016 – 7th Annual Winter Wonderland Carnival at Big Trees State Park – Ticket includes a carriage ride and park entrance fee – stop by jack Knight Hall for hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies, hot dogs and other surprises – get your tickets early as this event always sells out!

Bill Welles at Brice Station


A very versatile player, Bill has been playing locally for many years. Bill’s voice has been likened by some as sounding like James Taylor. Some people may remember his rock’n band (The Bills) playing up and down Highway 4.

Breathe, Paint and Sip at Timeless Home Gallery

Classes are two hours in length unless otherwise specified. All materials provided.

Bring your favorite beverage and a friend or two, and let’s have some fun! Prepare for a hearty serving of laughter and healing through art therapy for a breath of fresh air in a stressful world.

Prepare for a hearty serving of laughter and healing through art therapy for a breath of fresh air in a stressful world.

Classes scheduled for October 14, 21 and 28, 2017.  Visit Timeless Home Gallery on Facebook for more dates and details.

BV Live Presents Brian Jirka

November 26, 2016 – Right after the Warren Miller film gets you fired up, be sure to stick around to enjoy the sounds of the cool band called  “Cabby featuring Brian Jirka”

More on the Band

No Cover Charge

Where: Bear Valley Lodge

BV LIVE PRESENTS: Matthew Szlachetka

February 18, 2017

President’s Day Weekend is going to be another epic holiday at Bear! Join us in the Cathedral Lounge for a special performance from Matthew Szlachetka. Music starts at 7 PM. Listen Now!

“Los Angeles based solo artist Matthew Szlachetka is an Americana singer-songwriter who plays between 150- 200 shows a year throughout the United States.

In February 2016 Szlachetka recorded his sophomore release with Grammy winning producer David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Lucinda Williams, The Black Crowes, Rod Stewart, TRAIN). The album entitled, Heart Of My Hometown is slated for an early 2017 release.

Szlachetka’s music has been heard on various movies and TV shows, including the hit NBC show Parenthood (Season 2, Episode 2) where he performed in a scene with actor Dax Shepherd. Artists he has opened for and/or shared the stage with include Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, Huey Lewis & The News, John Waite, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Chris Hillman, Laurence Juber, John Jorgensen, Lee Roy Parnell, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.”

“With his new solo album, Waits for a Storm to Find, Szlachetka has taken that step of faith into the unknown. The album is courageously honest and heralds a promising new chapter in his career.”- New York Minute Magazine

“Matt Szlachetka is more introspective here… his considerable strengths are in full flower – especially his ability to craft a song organically into something pleasing to the ears…. A guitar player who writes fine songs and a songwriter who plays great guitar, his songs are built from the ground up, melody and groove at the foundation, typically supported by acoustic guitar and colored by tight electric breaks with no time wasted on empty pyrotechnics”- Vintage Guitar Magazine

Calaveras Big Trees Association Dogwood Festival

This is a rare opportunity to hear music from renowned San Francisco musicians in the intimate rustic setting of Jack Knight Hall among the giant redwoods while celebrating the season of the Dogwoods on May 14, 2017 at 2pm.

Calaveras Ranger District Programs at Lake Alpine

Calaveras Ranger District Programs

Lake Alpine Recreation Area:

Lake Alpine Recreation Area is located in Alpine County on Highway 4 approximately three miles east of Bear Valley Village. Programs are held in the Marmot Day Use Area, at the tables near the parking lot or at the amphitheater. In the event that road conditions delay or prevent the opening of Lake Alpine, programs will be moved to the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum and White Pines Park in Arnold, California; visit the Forest web site for updates.

  • Wednesdays – Native American Crafts and Games, 11 a.m. – 12 noon; Guided Walk, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays – Animal Tracking, 11 a.m. – 12 noon; Guided Walk, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Fridays – Waterworld Explorers 11 a.m. – 12 noon; Fish N’ Fish Printing 2 – 3 p.m. ($5 materials fee for printing on a T-shirt or tote bag; printing on paper is free)
  • Saturdays – Forest Explorers 11 a.m. – 12 noon; Live-Animal Presentations, 2-3 p.m., July 1, 8, 22 and August 5; Campfire Program, 7 – 8 p.m., July 15, 29, and August 12.

Wakalu Hep Yo Campground Amphitheater:

All programs are held on Saturdays. Topics include fish and fish printing, Native American crafts and games, guided walks, pine needle basket weaving, flint knapping, and local Native American history.

To reach the Wakalu Hep Yo Campground, take Highway 4 to Dorrington and turn east onto Boards Crossing Road. Follow the signs and continue five miles to the campground.

For more information on these programs, please contact the Calaveras Ranger District front desk at: 209-795-1381 or the interpretation office at (209) 813-6024; or visit the Stanislaus NF website at: From the home page, click on Recreation on the left sidebar and then Outdoor Learning for a calendar of events and to download a program schedule. There is also a link to summer interpretive programs directly from the home page.


Cedar Center 2017 Summer Concert Series

Enjoy FREE live music at Cedar Center in Arnold, sponsored by local businesses, business associations and non-profits. Located at 4,000 feet, this music venue is one of the coolest in the county. Bring a low-back chair, your own wine and food or purchase there. Well behaved dogs on a leash and children welcome!  All show start at 6:30pm, except Arnold Art, Music and Wine Festival which starts at 2:00pm.

Cedar Center Concert Series & Arnold Independence Day Parade

Celebrate your Country this Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 10 am. Hwy 4 closes at 9:30 am so the EbbettsPass Corridor can celebrate all along the parade route in Arnold. It is a complete day of fun in Arnold, you can start your day off with a great pancake breakfast from the Lions Club, relax with friends and family while you watch the parade and enjoy a concert at Cedar Center. So grab your lawn chairs, mark you viewing spots and Celebrate America’s Birthday Mountain Style!

Enjoy FREE live music at Cedar Center in Arnold, sponsored by local businesses, business associations, and non-profits. Located at 4,000 feet, this music venue is one of the coolest in the county.   All show start at 6:30 pm, except  Car Show starts at 10 am and the Art, Music and Wine Festival starts at 2:00 pm.




STOCKTON — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is accepting applications for individuals interested in becoming chain installers on California State Highways in the Sierra Nevada. Permits are available for State Highways 4, 88, 89, 108, and 207 in Calaveras, Alpine, Amador and Tuolumne Counties.

A mandatory orientation class for new applicants will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., in the Caltrans Maintenance Office, 98 South Main St., Angels Camp.  A written and performance exam will be held immediately following the orientation.  Successful applicants may purchase their permits after the exam. The cost for the permit and identification bib is $200.00.

Returning chain installers with no violations are not required to attend the orientation and may purchase their 2017/2018 permit from the Caltrans Maintenance Office in Angels Camp. Please call (209) 736-0187 to schedule an appointment or to get additional information.

Calaveras County requires a business license for all applicants interested in working on Highway 4.  To obtain a business license in Calaveras County, contact the Calaveras County Tax Collector’s Office, located in the Government Center in San Andreas, California, or on the web at:

Continued Road Construction Around Big Trees State Park

CALAVERAS COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on eastbound and westbound State Route 4 from Upper Moran Road to Calaveras Big Trees State Park entrance for construction activities.

Work begins at 6:00 a.m. and continues until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

The work at this location is part of a project that will install retaining walls for sediment control, improve culverts and drainage, and re-construct roadside shoulders along a half-mile segment of SR-4, near Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Work is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017. This $7.3 million project has been awarded to K.W. Emerson, Incorporated.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues. 


For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.