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09/22/2018 - With Trails at Risk Sierra Snowmobile Foundation to Meet in Sonora.
Sonora, CA...We're in! Join us for an informational session, meet and greet, and of course discussion on how to best comment on the proposed alternative from the Stanislaus National Forest. We bring the maps, Standard Pour supplies the food and drink, and you bring your own awesome self! See you there!


Did you know that over 80% of the high alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is currently closed to snowmobiles? Five of the The National Forests in California are developing over snow vehicle (OSV) travel management plans as a result of lawsuits from anti-snowmobile groups. Check the tabs for each forest. The Stanislaus NF is currently accepting comments on proposals that could close 84% of the forest permanently to snowmobiles. We’re currently digging through the details, so check back soon to find out more, and to keep access open to your favorite snowmobile and sled-ski areas before it’s gone forever.


09/23/2018 - Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd
Arnold, CA...Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd from 3-5 pm at White Pines Lake.

09/22/2018 - Don't Miss SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale This Saturday!
Arnold, CA..SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale is This Saturday! USED Ski & Board Boots $5 - $40! USED Jr. Skis Start at $20! USED Demo Skis Start at $240! Get Ready for the Season & Save!!

09/17/2018 - GABA-Business Association Meeting Sept 18th. Guest Speaker is Calaveras Visitors Bureau's Lisa
Arnold, CA...OPEN TO EVERYONE Business owners, staff and local residents interested in participating in the GREATER ARNOLD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Tuesday September 18th, 6:00 PM at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Station Conference room. 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold. GUEST SPEAKER Lisa Boulton, Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Open Forum to discuss Planned Development & new 30 foot setback that is now in place on all parcels. This is your chance to share your ideas for new projects and learn how you can participate in the Business Development of Arnold, CA.


GABA President Mike Borean,
mikeborean@comcast.net, 209-743-8248
John Hamilton, Linda Baker & Walter Preston.

09/08/2018 - Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival September 8th-9th in Bear Valley
Bear Valley, CA....Bring your fat tire ride and join us for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4.  Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area and get in on the festivities.   The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag, BVTS T-Shirts available and live music at HermitFest.

Registration is $50 and includes any or all of the following: guided rides, trail map, Saturday lunch, Saturday BBQ dinner, beer and wine, shuttles to high trail points on Cape Horn and Rings trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, plus Poker Ride with prizes.




BEAR VALLEY FAT TIRE FESTIVAL - FAQs


Below are more details about the Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival, coming  up on September 8-9th in Bear Valley, CA, along with FAQs



For more questions, contact paulnordic@sbcglobal.net   -OR-  mike.cooke@bearvalleytrails.org (president of BVTS)


Is there a schedule for the event?
YES.  The event final schedule is available HERE


How do I get to Bear Valley?



Bear Valley is located on Hyway 4 about 2 hours west of Stockton, CA.  It is located on Ebbetts Pass which is a National Scenic Byway.  From Stockton, CA, take State Route 4 toward Angels Camp and continue on Highway 4 another hour to Bear Valley.    GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS HERE

Is there camping close by?

The closest camping is 2-3 miles away near Lake Alpine.  There are "camping" accomodations from tent camping to motorhomes as well as "glamping" at the Bear Valley Ski Area.  Here is a GOOGLE MAP link to CAMPGROUNDS near Bear Valley

 

Here is the link to use for booking camp sites in the nearby National Forest campgrounds https://www.recreation.gov/   The interesting thing is that if you go the the Stanislaus NF site and look at the campgrounds they say they are all first come first serve and no reservations.  This is not true. Most have about half the sites that can be reserved ahead of time.  Among them is a link for SILVERTIP CAMPGROUND which has sights than can be reserved.  LAKE ALPINE is all first-come-first-served camp sights.



What other accommodations are nearby?

Lake Alpine also has small cabins and tent cabins for rent - LAKE ALPINE ACCOMMODATIONS

Bear Valley has cabin rentals available.  Check Bear Valley Real Estate for VACATION RENTALS


Bear Valley Lodge has hotel rooms available along with bars and restaurants.  BEAR VALLEY LODGE 

There are rooms available down the road 3 miles at TAMARACK LODGE 



What kind of riding is there in Bear Valley?


Bear Valley has a variety of multi-use single-track trails for mountain bikers and hikers.  There are also many miles of double-track available for exploration.  The LOCAL TRAILS tab above lists the most popular trails nearby with descriptions and ratings for riders.  Bear Valley Trail Stewards organization is working to keep these trails in top shape for riders and hikers alike.



Is there a bike shop in Bear Valley?

Yes, the Bear Valley Adventure Company has a bike shop with repairs as well as many other items below:

The store is stocked with clothing, cool bear t-shirts and sweatshirts, footwear, equipment and supplies from the following great companies: Specialized, Perception, Surftech, Patagonia, Camelbak, Columbia, GoPro, Reef Brazil, Salomon, Smith, Yakima,  & more. Attached to the store is a mini-mart with high energy drinks, snacks, etc. for your outing.



Are there other food options (grocery, restaurants, etc.)?

There are several options for food in Bear Valley - Bear Valley FOOD OPTIONS

There is also a restaurant at Lake Alpine and a camp supply General Store - LAKE ALPINE RESORT


What other events are going on around Bear Valley that same weekend?

Hermit Fest Music Festival - Hermit Valley

Endeavor Challenge - Bear Valley Lodge

Winemakers Dinner at Lake Alpine Lodge on Sunday 9/9 from 5-9pm.  More Info Here



09/06/2018 - Forest Service Open House Sept. 6 to Discuss Potential Snowmobile Restrictions in OSV Draft EIS
Sonora, CA...Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken will host an open house Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Members of the public may review maps and discuss the draft Environmental Impact Statement alternatives with forest staff. Maps of the proposed Over-Snow vehicle-use designations for each alternative will be on display.


The Forest Service, through the OSV-Use Designation project, will designate National Forest System snow trails and areas for public OSV use on the Stanislaus NF, as well as identifying those trails that will be groomed on the forest.

“The draft EIS is the result of public scoping activities, including comment periods and public meetings where visitors shared their thoughts on how best to manage the OSV program,” Kuiken said. “We developed several alternatives that would fit the project’s requirements, one of which we consider a preferred alternative.”

The forest developed its preferred alternative in part by incorporating comments it received during the public scoping period and to address significant issues described in chapter one of the DEIS.

“The preferred alternative represents a balance of highly desirable, historically popular OSV-use areas and trails, while protecting resources and other uses of NFS system lands,” said Katie Wilkinson, environmental coordinator for the Stanislaus National Forest. “We believe this alternative meets the intent of the Travel Management Rule, the community’s needs and the Forest Service’s mission.”

Visitors are welcome to provide written comments during the meeting, Wilkinson said. Comments received during the comment period, which ends on Oct. 9, will be reviewed and incorporated into the Final EIS. The FEIS and Draft Record of Decision are expected to be available in February 2019.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


Thursday, Sept. 6

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office

19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370
09/08/2018 - The 12th Annual Ebbetts Scenic Celebration or Hermitfest is September 8th
Hermit Valley, CA...The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting their 12th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 11am until 8pm. We invite you to “Come Play on the Pass” with us and enjoy one of the last free, outdoor, live music events of the year. Our annual celebration takes place in Hermit Valley and is affectionately referred to as “Hermitfest” by locals and past attendees.


This year we’ll be enjoying the music of long time Hermitfest favorites Bill Welles and Grover Anderson who have been with us from the very beginning. Ten Dollar Pony will be back again this year too. We’ll also be welcoming Jimbo Scott, Nathan Ignacia & Sambossa to the valley.

The music begins around 11am this year and will officially end at 8 pm but those of you who have attended before know that the music may continue around the campfires long into the evening. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Tonja and Jana will be back with their locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, cold drinks and who knows what else! The work of a few local artisans will also be available for purchase. Weather permitting; we will have opportunities for stargazing with telescopes & experts available at around 9pm to help us enjoy the stars, constellations, and stories of the night sky.

Hermit Valley has plenty of opportunity for hiking and playing in the river. Fall weather is generally warm and sunny but a quick afternoon rain shower is always a possibility in the mountains and you’ll want to make sure you bring warm clothing as the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Primitive campsites are available on a first come basis for those wishing to spend the night. There are sites in the immediate vicinity of the event as well as a few more on the river side of the road. Additional camping is available nearby in the beautiful Pacific Valley campgrounds. While we welcome your well-socialized dogs, please keep them on a six-foot leash and do not leave them unattended. For those of you planning to spend the night, there will be late night treats and coffee and goodies on Sunday morning.

Bring your fat tire ride and join the Bear Valley Trails Stewardship for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4. Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area. The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag. Contact BVTS to register at www.bearvalleytrails.org.

On your way to the celebration in Hermit Valley, stop by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Markleeville where they will have maps, cold drinks and lots of information about things to do over the weekend. On the Arnold side, you may want to visit the Logging Museum, hike a portion of the Rim Trail or stop in at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to admire the Giant Sequoias. It looks like the pools at Grover Hot Springs State Park, outside Markleeville, will be open this year but it never hurts to double check at 530-694-2248.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000-foot elevation. If you haven’t driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason. The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look. The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California. The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife and recreation available in the area.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event. Our 2018 event sponsors are the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce & Cal Waste. We also receive financial support from many other individuals and organizations. Please visit our website to see the complete list. This event is presented under permit with the US Forest Service.

We also want to thank our local media and the many other organizations who all help to promote this event. We especially want to thank Ron Schaner who coordinates and schedules the musicians every year and is a tireless supporter of live music in the Ebbetts Pass area.

For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what’s happening along the byway all year long, visit scenic4.org or facebook.com/Scenic4 or e-mail us at info@scenic4.org.

For other events in the area and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 (gocalaveras.com) or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530-694-2475 (alpinecounty.com). On the west side you can also visit bearvalley.com, cometoarnold.com, calaveraschronicle.com and visitmurphys.com.
09/02/2018 - Bear Valley’s 26th Annual Triathlon is A High Sierra Labor Day Weekend Tradition
Bear Valley, CA...The picturesque setting of Alpine County, California, is the location of the exciting 26th Annual Bear Valley Triathlon. The popular central Sierra Labor Day Weekend tradition will be held on Sunday morning, September 2 (day before Labor Day Monday), at Bear Lake, in Bear Valley Village. Nestled in a beautiful mountain location, the triathlon course features a 600-yard swim (warm water, close to 70 degrees, wet suits are allowed, but not necessary); 10.5-mile bike (rolling, climbing loop course); and 3.4-mile run (rolling road). Air temperature will be approximately 70 degrees by 10:30 a.m. The triathlon will conclude with the awards ceremony, raffle, and a great barbecue.

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All participants must provide and wear a swim cap for the swim and an ANSI approved bike helmet during the bike. The beautiful On Your Mark Events trophies will be awarded to the 1st overall male and female winners and the masters overall male and female finishers (ages 50 and over). The top three finishers (male and female categories) age groups in ten-year increments to 70-years-old and over, will receive engraved medals. The top male, female, and co-ed teams triathlon teams will also be awarded medals.

Entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, awards, and post-race post-race lunch with beer (for those 21 and over). Lunch is available to non-runners $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 & under.

The Bear Valley Triathlon entry fee is $80.00 advance and $85.00 race day. Team fee (three participants, registering at the same time), $200.00 advance and $220.00 race day.

Race check-in and registration will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by the start-time at 10:00 a.m.

Bear Valley Village is located on Bear Valley Road, just off of Highway 4 in Bear Valley, CA (Alpine County). For camping information, call the US Forest Service at 209-795-1381.

For more Bear Valley Triathlon information and/or to register, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Participants can register online.

Since 1988 On Your Mark Events has produced, managed, and provided timing and results services for more than 1,000 sporting events. These numerous sporting events include runs, duathlons, triathlons, bike races, swimming competitions, and track and field meets. Headquartered in Arnold, California (central Sierra), the company is directed by (co-principals and husband and wife) Mark and Kandee Aiton. On Your Mark Events maintains a website at www.onyourmarkevents.com.
08/25/2018 - Make Plans to Rock with Plan B in Camp Connell General Store's Beer Garden.
Camp Connell, CA...The Beer Gardens presents Plan B. Make Plans to Rock with Plan B at Camp Connell General Store's Beer Garden. Good music, food equals great times!!! Doors open at 5pm & concert at 6pm.




The story of Camp Connell Continues....

The Camp Connell of today was largely influenced by the surging popularity of auto travel through the mountains inspired when Dr. D. Sargent of Angels Camp became the first to drive an automobile over Ebbetts Pass in 1908. Family camping was destined to become an extremely popular recreational activity To meet those demands, Jack Connell began construction of a campground, cabins, general store and gas pumps in 1928. He and his wife named their endeavor "Camp Connell". Opened for business in 1929, the general store and gas station have been in operation ever since. The Connell's continued to expand the store and added a café to serve the increasing number of visitors. By 1934 the Post Office was moved to the store and became "Camp Connell Station". The store was a local gathering place where local residents and vacationers alike would come to share news and leave messages, much as it is today. Occasionally, Circuit Court was convened in the building. Monte Wolfe, Art and Harry Schimke, the Whittles, Hunts, Tryons, Lombardis, and Airolas were frequent visitors.

While the popularity of the general store and café continued, the campground was closed in 1949 and the property was subdivided into lots selling for $600 each. The cabins remained as part of Camp Connell until the 1960's, when the highway was realigned to accommodate the ski resort and village at Bear Valley, as well as the development of Big Trees Village. The old highway became the current two accesses to Camp Connell and the property has stayed much the same ever since.

Today the Camp Connell General Store is one of the oldest Chevron stations in California as well as the longest continuously operated retail business between Murphys and Markleeville. It is a popular stop for visitors and a cherished part of the local community."
08/03/2018 - Concerto Night at Bear Valley Music Festival – August 3 at 7 PM
Bear Valley, CA...This concert highlights two long-time members of the Bear Valley Orchestra. Maestro Michael Morgan conducts the Divertimento Concertante for double bass and orchestra by Nino Rota with soloist David Murray, and Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in F RV455 with soloist Tom Nugent. The program also includes Pacific Rounds, an orchestral work by rising California composer Chris Wong.



A mere 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco, Bear Valley is known primarily as a ski resort. Now in his sixth summer as music director, internationally recognized conductor Michael Morgan has put Bear Valley and the Highway 4 corridor on the map as a summer destination as well, drawing an audience of thousands.

Highlights of this year's festival include tributes to Tom Petty and The Eagles, a concert by the real and authentic rock band Pablo Cruise, a reunion performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto by legendary pianist Olga Kern and the festival's retired conductor Carter Niece, the world-premiere of a new commission by composer David Conte, and a performance by world-famous jazz violinist Mads Tolling. Following the popularity of their Bear Valley debut concert last year, the Thalea String Quartet returns as the festivals ensemble-in-residence. The classical lineup includes Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony in partnership with the Mother Lode Chorale, and Schumann's Symphony No. 4. Other renowned artists are cellist Emil Miland, violinist Dawn Harms and Italian guitarist Peppino d'Agostino. There's even a sampling of Broadway and opera this year with soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland, tenor Jack Wilkins, and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu.

"This is the most significant cultural event of the year in our scenic part of the Sierra," says executive director Eman Isadiar. "We always strive to present the widest possible variety of artists and musical styles to appeal to every taste and every generation."

Tickets and information are available online at www.bearvalleymusic.org or by calling 209-813-0554. Lodging is available in Bear Valley and in nearby Tamarack and Arnold. A pre-concert gourmet dinner can be added to all evening concert tickets, and a round trip shuttle ride may be reserved in advance from Murphys, Forest Meadows, Arnold and Dorrington.
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