Summer Fun @ Bear Valley

Summer in and around Bear Valley offers endless fun and possibilities! If you have a taste for the great outdoors, Bear Valley is a perfect destination to find a wild array of activities available in the mountains. Spend an Afternoon at Bear Valley's NEW ADVENTURE PARK featuring a rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, ropes course, bike pump track and heated swimming pool.  Also discover the waters at Lake Alpine, Utica, Union or Spicer Reservoirs, or enjoy a serene adventure through Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Bring the family to Bear Valley for easy and convenient access to these one of a kind experiences.

Summer Camps

Bear Valley Summer means summer camps for kids.  Overnight camps offer top level instruction in a variety of sports along with a variety of summer activity from kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking and rock climbing.  Click on the links to pick up a camp and register now.

Attention Season Passholders - receive $50 discount when you register for Archery Camp by April 30th- ask camp director for details.)

  • Day Camp

    Its Time to Get Registered for Bear Valley Summer Camp!
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  • Soccer Camp

    Enroll your child in Bear Valley Soccer Camp Today!
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  • Archery Camp

    A five day archery experience for boys and girls ages 10 – 16.
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  • Lacrosse Camp

    Team NorCal Lacrosse is coming back to Bear Valley!
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Summer Activities

Hiking

Local favorites for half-day hikes include Bloods Ridge and Inspiration Point. Full-day adventures can be found at Wheeler lake and Bull Run lake. Also in the area are the world famous Sequoia trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and the serene forests of the Arnold Rim Trail. From those looking for a leisurely day hike to those looking for backpacking adventures, the Bear Valley area has terrain to challenge and excite. Get your map at Bear Valley Adventure Company.

Fishing

Bear Valley is the ideal base for an Alpine County fishing adventure. With the area’s many lakes and rivers, we’re perfect for anyone from the casual spin caster to the seasoned trout fisherman. Stop by Reba Sports in the Lodge to grab a fishing license.

Boating

Within a short drive, Bear Valley offers lakes and rivers for any watersports enthusiast to enjoy. Lake Alpine is a scenic reservoir covering 180 acres located just 3 miles from the Bear Valley Lodge. At depths up to 40 ft, Lake Alpine accommodates kayaks, canoes, and motorboats, paddleboarders and swimmers alike. Another popular kayaking spot is the Utica Reservoir. For the more adventurous visitors, O.A.R.S. offers whitewater rafting trips on the Stanislaus River.

Cycling

For the seasoned road rider, Bear Valley offers scenic rides on Highway 4. Enjoy the cooler, high-altitude summer and the lightly-travelled road. For the mountain biking enthusiast, Bear Valley offers over 100 miles of routes right from The Lodge parking lot! Terrain for all skill levels includes technical single track and slick rock granite. Rental bikes are available at Bear Valley Adventure Company, as well as more detailed information on routes and maps.

Camping

The Bear Valley area features many developed campgrounds. Ranging in elevation from 5000’ to 8000’, there is a wide variety of amenities available for anyone from the casual camper to the minimalist back packer. The Bear Valley General Store sells ice, food, and beverages in case you run low on the necessities.

Golf

The State Route 4 corridor features 18-hole golf courses that are sure to challenge any level of golfer. The courses feature scenic mountain backdrops and unique holes. Season passholders make sure you check out your summer perks at Greenhorn Creek.

Disc Golf

The scenic highway 4 corridor features several disc golf courses. Each with its own unique challenges, they all feature beautiful terrain and a great, relaxing experience.

Wine

Bear Valley is the perfect destination for a wine tasting trip. Calaveras county produces world class wine in a laid back mountain atmosphere. Murphys, just a 35 mile drive down scenic Hwy. 4, features over two dozen tasting rooms in a quaint downtown setting. Bear Valley Lodge also hosts wine tastings and pairing dinners. Seasonpass holders, don't forget to check out another one of your perks at Ironstone Vineyards.

Caves

On hot summer days, there's no cooler way to escape the sun than to do some underground exploring. The Sierra Nevada features some of the country's most interesting rock formations.

Rock Climbing

Bear Valley climbing is some of the cleanest in California. Low traffic means pristine conditions. Just half a mile from Bear Valley, Box Canyon offers some of California’s best terrain for the beginner to intermediate climber. Hell’s kitchen is a bouldering playground and a local favorite. For the more advanced climber, Spicer Terraces, has more challenging crags. Contact Mountain Adventure Seminars to improve your technique or for a guided first-time experience.