Lake Alpine SNO-PARK


Area Status: Closed
Lake basin filled with snow, ringed by trees and mountains Lake Alpine with partially melted snow, the water surface reflecting blue sky, clouds, and mountain

 

During the winter months, Highway 4 is groomed for snowmobile use from the closure gate 2.5 miles east of Bear Valley to the top of Ebbetts Pass (approximately 15 miles) and to Highland Lakes. This trail has numerous segments, appropriate for different skill levels from novice to expert. As the trail climbs towards the pass, the views are spectacular. Opportunities exist for expert riders to continue riding on the un-groomed portion of the Highway on the east side of Ebbetts Pass. (Note: The groomed portion of Highway 4 is a multi-user trail, and is heavily used by nordic skiers as well as snowmobilers, particularly in the Lake Alpine region.)

You can pick up the most recent Over Snow Vehicle Use map at the Calaveras Ranger District office. Or download a Geotagged PDF of the Over Snow Vehicle Use Map here.

Check the current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Check current snow depth here: Snow Depth Map 
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees: SNO-PARK permits are required Nov 1 to May 31.
Daily permits $5.00; seasonal permits $25.00.
Permits can be obtained online at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/snoparks and from these local vendors:
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, Arnold - (209) 795-1686
Sierra Nevada Adventure Co., Arnold - (209) 795-9310
Bear Valley Adventure Company, Bear Valley - (209) 753-2834
Open Season: November 1 - May 31
Closest Towns: Bear Valley, 2.5 miles west; Arnold, 27 miles west.
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilets

General Information

General Notes:

Includes the Bear Valley Access trail: 1.5 miles of intermediate trail that runs from the Lake Alpine SNO-PARK to Bear Valley Village. This trail provides users the opportunity to ride from Bear Valley to the Lake Alpine SNO-PARK to access the groomed trail.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Sledding/Tubing

Recreation areas with activity Sledding/Tubing:

Snow play.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing:

Note: The groomed portion of Highway 4 is a multi-user trail and is heavily used by snowmobilers as well as cross-country skiers, particularly in the Lake Alpine region.

Snowmobiling

Recreation areas with activity Snowmobiling:

During the winter months, Highway 4 is groomed for snowmobile use from the closure gate 2.5 miles east of Bear Valley to the top of Ebbetts Pass (approximately 15 miles) and to Highland Lakes. This trail has numerous segments, appropriate for different skill levels from novice to expert. As the trail climbs towards the pass, the views are spectacular. Opportunities exist for expert riders to continue riding on the un-groomed portion of the Highway on the east side of Ebbetts Pass. (Note: The groomed portion of Highway 4 is a multi-user trail, and is heavily used by nordic skiers as well as snowmobilers, particularly in the Lake Alpine region.)

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Amenities

Parking: Small parking lot and roadside parking along Hwy 4 west of the winter closure gate.
Toilets: Vault

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
15 miles

  Latitude : 
38.481491

  Longitude : 
-120.016989