After the Snow Melts
In spring the abundant snowfall melts into flowing rivers and fresh water lakes. In summer, our mountainsides and meadows transform into colorful flower fields and towering pine forests. In the fall, Bear Valley really shows its colors and rich history. It is a great place in the warmer months, whether you are just looking to get up in the fresh mountain air or want to push yourself with the wide selection of sporting activities. Bear Valley Village is a pedestrian-friendly escape. At the heart is the Village Center, which houses a variety of shops, services and stores providing equipment, guide services and information for nearly every type of outdoor activity. Relax and unwind in town with a friendly game of tennis, volleyball, or disc golf. Or get a workout rock climbing or bouldering over the granite with Mountain Adventure Seminars.
Biking, Hiking and Off-Road Trails
Bicyclists have ample room to play in the region with numerous roads and miles of single track. Equip your group with mountain bike rentals from Bear Valley Adventure Company. Feeling ambitious? Push your body to the limit by participating in the world famous Death Ride with over 15,000 feet of climbing. The Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe-Yosemite Trail cross Alpine County north to south, while numerous trail heads near Bear Valley give access to many picturesque destinations in the backcountry. A quantity of trails and roads located on public lands are open to Off Highway Vehicles use. For a current map of OHV routes, contact the U.S. Forest Service.
With thousands of acres of water nearby, this kind of seclusion and solitude is not often found. Rivers, streams and lakes are planted with fish throughout the angling season. Popular public waters include Lake Alpine, Mosquito Lake, Highland Lakes, Spicer, Utica and Union Reservoirs. Small motorized boats are allowed on the lakes and reservoirs at low speeds and can be launched from boat ramps. Bear Valley Adventure Company rents kayaks and standup paddle boards. Lake Alpine Resort rents kayaks and a variety of other watercrafts to enjoy the water. Paddle down the roaring rapids of the Stanislaus River with your group and experienced professional guides from OARS.
Festivals and Fun
The legendary Bear Valley Music Festival hosts a mix of full symphony orchestra, international soloists, legendary entertainers, and renowned opera stars from July into August. Come participate in Bear Valley’s Annual Soap Box Derby and Dinner FUNDrive on Labor Day Weekend. We provide the cars, you race them! Kids of all ages are making this their favorite anticipated event of the summer! The race is an all-day event that includes not only racing for all ages but games, pony rides, petting zoo, rummage sale, climbing wall with bungee jumping and is followed by an amazing outdoor dinner. For more information on this event visit www.bearvalleysoapboxderby.com.