The 13th Annual Hermitfest is Here!

We can’t believe that September is already here and it’s time to Come and Play on the Pass with us again this year. Join us on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 from 11 am to 8 pm for a day-long, live music festival in beautiful Hermit Valley. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a relaxing day visiting, hiking, and dancing your feet off in the high country.

We’ll have a few artisan vendors, food by local Chef, Melanie Klann, coffee and drinks by Jana & Tonja, and lots & lots of music.

We welcome back Grover Anderson and Bill Welles as well as the Hermifest AllStar Band featuring some of Hermitest’s favorite musicians playing together. New this year will be Beans Souza and Bodie 601.

Camping is available in Hermit Valley and in nearby Pacific Valley. Camp spaces in the immediate event area fill up quickly though. Two things to know, there are no alcoholic beverages sold at this event and there is no potable water available in the campground for campers so bring what you need.

This is a family-friendly event with kids wandering around; there are no restrictions on dogs in this area of the forest but please, think carefully before bringing your dog and make sure that it will be fun for both of you and the other attendees. We’d hate to see your dog locked in a car or tied up and barking when they could be home enjoying a snooze on the couch while you get up close to the musicians.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000-foot elevation.  If you haven’t driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason.  The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look.  The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California.  The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife, and recreation available in the area.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event.  Our 2015/2016 partners and sponsors include:

Alpine County Chamber of Commerce


Cal Waste
Cedar Creek Realty
Caldwell Banker – Action Realty – Mary Trotter
Bear Valley Business Association / Trail Stewardship
Mark Twain Hospital / Dignity Health
Little Trees Wellness
Tom’s Automotive
Fox Security
John Ehret and Barry Ward of Barry Ward Realty
Ebbetts Pass Lumber & Ebbetts Pass Ace Hardware
Sierra Photo & Framing
Bill Senger
Calaveras Chronicle
Calaveras Enterprise
The Pine Tree
US Forest Service

For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what’s happening along the byway all year long, visit or or e-mail us at

We also want to thank the Calaveras Chronicle, other local media, Travis Branco (our poster designer), Sierra Photo & Farming (our poster printer) and the many other organizations who all help to promote this event.  We especially want to thank Ron Schaner who coordinates and schedules the musicians for this event every year and is a tireless supporter of the byway.

For other events in the area that weekend and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 ( or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530-694-2475 (  On the west side you can also visit, and

For more information about Hermit Valley visit:

This event takes place on National Forest Service land, and operates under a special use permit in the Stanislaus National Forest

Want to do a little volunteer work before joining us? Join the Bear Valley Trails Stewardship folks in the morning for a Trail Work Event, combined with a hike (almost all downhill), that 

starts at the top of the Ski Area.  They will carpool to this drop-off point which has some fantastic views, so if you have a pack, bring your camera!  We will hike with light-work for 1 mile down the Corral Hollow ridge to the trailhead. 

(click on map for a larger view)

TRAIL WORK: The Elusive Trail is 1.5 miles long and needs some logs removed, a few minor re-routes and some drainage and tread repairs.  At the end of this trail, there is a 1 mile hike down the Corral Hollow OHV Route to Highway 4 and BV.  All together, this combined work/walk is 3.5 miles, (again downhill), from the top of the Ski Area (drop off point), to BV at Highway 4.

MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then carpool to the top-of-the-world.

BRING water, snacks, gloves wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and don’t forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own, but if you have a favorite, please bring it along. 

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more or email Mike@bearValleyTrails.Org