Summer in Bear Valley

Summer in Bear Valley = Endless Fun!

Bear Valley Summer means summer camps and summer activities for the family. If you have a taste for the great outdoors, Bear Valley is a perfect destination! Bring the family to Bear Valley for easy and convenient access to these one of a kind experiences.

Summer Activities In & Around Bear Valley

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. 

Ironstone Winery Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Downtown Murphys

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.

California Cavern Moaning Caverns Mercer Caverns

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. 

Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort Sequoia Woods Country Club

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. 

Stanislaus National Forest Camping Lake Alpine

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. 

Big Trees State Park Arnold Rim Trail


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. 

Dave's Sierra Fishing

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.

Mountain Adventure Seminars

Within a short drive, Bear Valley offers lakes and rivers for any water-sports 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, paddle-boarders, 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.

O.A.R.S. Utica Reservoir Lake Alpine

For the seasoned road rider, Bear Valley offers scenic rides on Highway 4. Enjoy the cooler, high-altitude summer and the lightly-traveled 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.

Bear Valley Adventure Company Rentals

NOTICE: Activities listed are in or around the surrounding area of Bear Valley.  Bear Valley Mountain, Bear Valley Cross Country Co., MAS, and Bear Valley Snowmobile all operate under special use permit on the Stanislaus National Forest.  All other partners operate on private, state or county lands.  Click on the links for more details, or contact the Forest Service for more information. The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.  

 US Forest Service Calaveras Ranger District Office  209-795-1381