Arnold & Ebbetts Pass Region

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What are the communities like?

The region is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Stanislaus National Forest. It offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, off-road adventures, golf, fishing, and first-rate winter recreation. It is home to fine dining, historic lodging and unique boutique shopping. The region also stages live music concerts, and arts and crafts festivals.

The approximately 12,000 citizens who live in these communities appreciate the natural beauty of the mountains, forests, and streams. They value being situated in the midst of rich coniferous forests, and small streams and creeks. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, home to at least 1,100 Giant Sequoias, is located nearby.

Where is it?

The Avery-Hathaway Pines Community is approximately 13 miles northeast of Angels Camp and 30 miles southwest of the Bear Valley/Mt. Reba ski area. Arnold is approximately 20 miles northeast of the City of Angels and Highway 49. The area ranges in elevation from just over 2,000 feet north of Murphys to more than 7,000 feet at the Alpine County line.




Arnold Rim Trail



What are the transportation routes?

The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway covers about 35 miles of State Highway 4 in the northeastern part of Calaveras County. It begins at the northern edge of the Murphys area and traverses through the Avery-Hathaway Pines and Arnold communities to the Alpine County line. Local roads connect residential and commercial areas.

What are the predominant land uses?

In the southern part of the Ebbetts Pass area, between Murphys and Arnold, most parcels are residential use of 5 acres or less. Above Camp Connell, the predominant parcel size exceeds forty acres, with a few pockets of smaller parcels near the community centers. The area above Camp Connell to the Alpine County line is characterized by larger parcels that are privately owned or are part of the National Forest.

Near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the major land holdings are divided between the Stanislaus National Forest and private timber companies. Public lands held by the Stanislaus National Forest are leased and contracted by the Federal government.

Ebbetts Pass is a National Scenic Byway

Outside the community centers of Arnold and Avery- Hathaway Pines, land uses in the area include large-lot residential (5- to 40-acres per parcel), commercial logging activity, State or Federally-owned lands, recreation, and recreation-oriented commercial including campgrounds, boat rentals or storage, and camping equipment sales or rental.

What does the area envision for economic development?

The economic vision for the Ebbetts Pass region is to provide a village atmosphere in the commercial areas, providing services for locals and tourists. Additionally, the residents envision selective commercial and residential intermix in certain areas. The residents value open space in combination with appropriately planned development, and a region that prioritizes the natural environment when change or growth is proposed.

The area’s economic base incorporates several basic themes—tourism, construction and related industries, public agencies, retirement incomes, timber, and support businesses for local residents. Opportunities for economic development can benefit from the planned expansion of the nearby Bear Valley Ski Resort, a retired population, and a strong tourism base. Specifically, the area could profit from increased boutique shopping options near the towns, commercial and industrial development off Highway 4, increased entertainment businesses, health care facilities, and senior housing. An existing supply of vacant commercial parcels offers entrepreneurs the built-in opportunity to serve residents and tourists.

How does the community envision its future?

The community values its rural and forested character and the fact that they remain unincorporated. They want to encourage development infill on existing vacant land, and to maintain the recreation and tourism industries. To continue to attract permanent and seasonal residents, they want to ensure sufficient utilities availability and maintain Highway 4 as the “main street” of the area.

How can the residential character be described?

A home in Arnold

Much of the core of existing housing was created in residential subdivisions from the 1940s to 1950s. Since then a significant slowdown in the establishment of subdivisions has occurred. Most of the residences are single family dwellings located in moderately dense subdivisions accented by tall timber between the houses. Not surprisingly, because of the recreational attractiveness of the area, about 60% of the homes are second homes.

Blue Lake Springs is one of the main residential developments and it reflects the serenity and recreation access offered by the region. The development includes a golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and ready access to open space.

What does the future hold for housing opportunities in the area?

Based upon the projected population increase, between 1,750 and 3,500 full-time units would be required to meet the demand. The community wants to encourage new lower-density residential development and to provide senior housing.

What does the area want to be known for?

The region values the alpine nature of the area and strives to maintain that unique charm as home to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park and the biggest trees in the world.


The Stanislaus River flows through Big Trees State Park