Highway 4 Corridor

Welcome to the Calaveras Ranger District, which encompasses the Highway 4 corridor in the northwest portion of the Stanislaus National Forest. For more information please call the Calaveras Ranger District at 209-795-1381.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Large motor homes and trailers cannot be accommodated in some campgrounds, and electric and sewer hookups are not available.

Click here for a map and table of campgrounds on the Highway 4 Corridor.

Areas for Campground Camping at Highway 4 Corridor

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Highway 4 Corridor

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Highway 4 Corridor

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Highway 4 Corridor

Day Hiking

The Calaveras Ranger District maintains 279 miles of hiking trails (143 in Wilderness, 136 non-Wilderness), offering anything from short, easy day hikes to strenuous, multi-day backpacking opportunities. Most of these trails are at high elevation (above 6,000 feet) and are accessible only during the summer and early fall months.

Click here for a table of recommended trails.

Areas for Day Hiking at Highway 4 Corridor


Click here for a table of recommended trails.

Areas for Backpacking at Highway 4 Corridor

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Highway 4 Corridor

OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Highway 4 Corridor

OHV Road Riding

Areas for OHV Road Riding at Highway 4 Corridor

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Highway 4 Corridor

Visitor Programs

A variety of ranger-led programs are offered in the summer for both children and adults. Most programs are held at the Marmot Day Use Area within the Lake Alpine Recreation Area, located off of Highway 4 near Bear Valley; and Wakalu Hep Yo Campground, located off of Highway 4 five miles northeast of Dorrington. Offerings include guided walks, campfire programs, live wildlife presentations, a fish-printing craft activity, and programs designed for children ages 4 to 12 including Junior Rangers, animal tracking, aquatic life exploration, forest exploration, and Native American crafts and games. Please visit the Outdoor Learning page for program guides and a calendar of events. Click here for a preview of 2018 summer programs.

Areas for Visitor Programs at Highway 4 Corridor

Visitor Centers

Areas for Visitor Centers at Highway 4 Corridor

Scenic Driving

Travel one of the most intimate and untamed trans-Sierra routes — the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Jutting up from the heart of the Sierra Nevada with Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park as its neighbors, the byway is a 61-mile stretch of Highways 4 and 89 between the towns of Arnold in Calaveras County and Markleeville in Alpine County, California.

For more information, visit the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway website (opens in new tab; you will be leaving the Stanislaus National Forest website; click on our tab to come back).


Areas for Scenic Driving at Highway 4 Corridor

Boating - Motorized

As home to a multitude of lakes and reservoirs, as well as 811 miles of rivers and streams and 18 fish species, the Stanislaus offers a wide variety of water recreation opportunities. Whether you are swimming or in a boat, be sure to exercise care and follow water safety rules at all times. Wear an approved life jacket or vest while boating. Never swim alone and don't overestimate your ability. Avoid swimming in streams and rivers during periods of swift flowing spring snowmelt or summer thunderstorms.

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Highway 4 Corridor

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Highway 4 Corridor


Areas for Swimming at Highway 4 Corridor


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Highway 4 Corridor


Many areas of the Calaveras Ranger District are open and accessible for motorized oversnow travel during the winter months. The District offers 35 miles of groomed over-snow vehicle routes, as well as many more miles of un-groomed trail and open cross-country riding areas. Motorized over-snow travel is prohibited in some areas.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Highway 4 Corridor

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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