California Cities


Arnold and Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, California

Arnold, CA-- 4,000 is a good number for Arnold. The town in Calaveras County sits at an elevation of around 4,000 feet, and its population is over 4,000 by a little bit.

Located along the shady, winding road that climbs in elevation on its way from Angels Camp to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold has some shops, a real estate office, restaurants a B&B, camping and our favorite--Sierra Nevada Logging Museum.

For many, the road to Arnold leads to the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway that straddles a mountain and several counties (Calaveras & Alpine). It is a drive you will enjoy after the snow melts of winter when the spring blossoms with color.

Calaveras County contains mostly unincorporated towns such as Arnold. the others include Avery, Copperopolis, Dorrington, Forest Meadows, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, Rancho Calaveras, San Andreas, Sheepranch, Vallecito, Valley Springs, Wallace and West Point.

Named for Bob and Bernice Arnold who opened Ebbetts Pass Inn in 1927, tourism at that time had grown when word spread about the big Sequoia trees in the nearby groves, but logging was the main industry and today, the logging museum in Arnold commemorates the active logging industry by collecting photos, machinery and memories from those who worked in the business during its heyday. Logging has not totally diminished from the area, but the giant redwoods are now protected. The Calaveras Big Trees State Park (between Arnold & Dorrington) and Sierra Nevada Logging Museum are both "must-see" attractions.

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Cedar Center Easter Egg Hunt, Arnold

Jumping Frog Jubilee and County Fair, Angels Camp; Spring Flea Market and Faire, Arnold

Annual Quilt Faire, Arnold; Annual Crafts Faire, Arnold; Two Rivers Territory Trail Run and Block Party, Arnold

Independence Day Parade, Arnold; Annual Independence Weekend Crafts Faire, Arnold; Klines Meadowmont Crafts Fair, Arnold

Stevenot Triathlon, Arnold; Family Fun Fest at the Lake, White Pines, Arnold; Big Trees Family Day, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold; Arnold Medical Clinic Benefit Golf Tournament, Arnold

Annual Labor Day Flea Market, Cedar Center, Arnold; Annual Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Logging Jamboree, Arnold; Klines Meadowmont Crafts Fair, Arnold; National Handicapped Sports Wine Tasting Benefit, Arnold

Ski Swap & Bike Sale, Independence Hall, Arnold; Pumpkin Patch People, Cedar Center, Arnold; Annual Haunted House and Halloween Party, Hazel Fisher School, Arnold

Annual Christmas Bazaar, Chapel in the Pines, Arnold; Pinebrook Ladies Christmas Boutique, Arnold; Annual Christmas Craft Faire, Hazel Fisher School, Arnold

Historic Christmas Bed and Breakfast Tour, Arnold; Countywide Arnold Christmas Open House, Arnold

Things to do:
Downhill Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Skating
Snow Mobilng
Horseback Riding
Golfing (5 courses, 2 driving ranges)
Gold prospecting

Camping & Hiking & Fishing
Big Trees State Park
Lake Alpine above Bear Valley
New Melones Lake in Angels Camp

Cave City San Andreas
Mercer Caverns Murphys
Moaning Cavern Vallecito)

State Parks
Big Trees State Park
Columbia State Park

Rafting & River Trips
O.A.R.S. Whitewater Trips

Bear Valley Mountain Bikes: 209-753-2834 (BearValley)
Sierra Nevada Adventure Company 888-900-SNAC

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