On The Ground


Owners & Staff of Sierra Nevada Adventure Co. backpack in the Sierra

The novice as well as the well-seasoned backpacker will be thrilled with experiencing the Calaveras County high country. The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Highway offers easy access to the Stanislaus National Forest and the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas. Other entry points are equally spectacular; for instance, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Area can be accessed by kayak, canoe, or by foot through the Stanislaus National Forest.

The neighboring foothill and mountain counties offer access to even more parks, wilderness areas and national forests— drawing backpackers from around the world to their beauty and serenity. Some of the most well-known and breathtaking backpacking experiences can be found in Yosemite National Park, the Lake Tahoe Basin, the eastern slopes of the Sierra and the Emigrant, Hoover and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas.


Camping opportunities are plentiful in Calaveras County. The range of rustic tent camping to full-service RV resorts exists in the County. One can camp among thousand-year old redwoods in Big Trees State Park or experience more rustic camping in the National Forest; equally accessible are full-service RV parks and cabins throughout the County, many geared to accommodate persons of all abilities. The Gold Country and Sierra region is rich is camping opportunities on lakes and rivers, in national parks and national forests, and in all-inclusive outdoor luxury resorts.

Cyclists enjoy the Arnold Rim Trail


Some of the best mountain and road biking anywhere can be found in Calaveras County. Undemanding level terrain to steeper more demanding mountain bike trails are available. Group-led road bike excursions for all levels of experienced cyclists are available for general touring and for wine country touring. The Calaveras County Visitors Bureau has a plethora of information on clinics, bike rentals, cycling races and favored rides highlighting low traffic, historic mining towns and beautiful scenery.


Golfing doesn’t get much better than in Calaveras County. It has six courses including a private course and several public courses. One of the courses is a nationally rated championship course. In case six courses aren’t enough, the neighboring counties have beautiful and challenging courses as well.


Calaveras County is hiking heaven. Hundreds of miles of trails traverse the 150,000 acres of public land. The hikes are as diverse as the elevation and offer the hiker everything from cool, dense forests to open vistas of distant snow-covered mountains and wildflower covered foothills. One can even take a short 2-mile round-trip hike in the heat of summer to enjoy a float on a creek through a cooling limestone cavern.

Horseback Riding

Calaveras offers everything from guided horseback trail rides and riding lessons to BYOH (bring your own horse). The area features indoor arenas, miles of equestrian trails, and horse boarding for day-trippers and overnight guests as well. Calaveras also offers a premiere equestrian venue, the Bridlewood Equestrian Center. It attracts top-rated clinicians across all disciplines including Olympian and Master Centered Riding instructors as well as a Natural Horsemanship Guru.

Snowboarder at Bear Valley

Winter sports

Skiers, boarders, snow-shoers and snow-mobilers choose Calaveras County for its easy access to “steep and deep.” Excellent downhill skiing, boarding and telemark skiing are available at Bear Valley Ski Resort. This High Sierra environment offers beautiful, un-crowded slopes in a friendly ski resort setting. And once in the Sierra, the winter adventurer can travel north and south for more of the best winter sporting anywhere. The ski resorts and high country surrounding Lake Tahoe are resplendent with opportunities, as are the eastern and western Sierra slopes to the south of Calaveras. Ice skating in Yosemite, snow shoeing in Mammoth and skiing in Kirkwood offer the winter sports enthusiasts unlimited fun.


Sequoia Woods Golf Course