Tag Archives: Pinecrest

The high Sierra’s Hwy. 108, pathway to summer fun; from Twain Harte to Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge, something for everyone!

Author's grandkids Jessica, Jack and Hunter make the hike around the Pinecrest Lake Loop Trail.

Adventure for everyone; the high Sierra’s Hwy. 108, pathway to summer fun; from Twain Harte to Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge! Seeking a cool oasis from the heat of the valley, where you, kids or grandkids can hike and fish or curl up with a book amidst stunning vistas? Plan a multi-day trip to the high Sierra and [...]

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Ski season and El Nino; scientific and hopeful prognosis!

Family enjoys the view and the skiing in Boulder Creek Canyon at Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

For you downhill skiers, XC trekkers and snowshoers, here’s a both a scientific and hopeful report, passed along by Dodge Ridge Ski Area, on the expected, near-term El Niño winter for the central sierra. Hence, aficionados of skiing or snowshoeing in the Dodge Ridge/Highway 108, or Bear Valley/Hwy. 4 corridors, should have high expectations. And, [...]

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The high Sierra, a hiking, camping, fishing journey…with kids!

Relief Reservoir is a cool oasis of blue at end of a three mile hike from Kennedy Meadows Resort.

                                          From Pinecrest to Sonora Pass, something for almost everyone! Seeking a green, cool oasis from the heat of the valley, where kids or grandkids can hike and fish and you can curl up with [...]

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Skiing close to home, Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge; Martin Luther King holiday and coming events!

Family enjoys the snow and takes in the view from Boulder Creek Canyon at Dodge ridge ski Area.

Bear Valley has sunny skies, and a great view looking down into the Mokelumne River Valley to its north. It’s Martin Luther King’s Birthday and holiday weekend coming up; and that means your two ski areas with “closest snows to the Central Valley” have a few special treats in store to go with good snows [...]

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Sierra snows; skiing, boarding, XC, snowshoeing or sledding, just two hours from Stockton!

A family of five enjoys the snow and the Sierra scenery in the Boulder Creek Canyon area of Dodge Ridge Ski Area.

  For Christmas, perhaps you received new skis or a snowboard, snowshoes or cross-country skis and want to try them out. Or, now that the holidays are past, you finally have time to get up to the Sierra snow country. From Stockton, the two “closest snows to home” are Dodge Ridge Ski Resort 30 miles [...]

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High Sierra fall finery: Hwy. 108, Twain Harte to Kennedy Meadows!

Pinecrest Lake’s chilly waters made for bracing wading by author’s grandson Jack Taylor

  Clark Fork River meets the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus just 25 miles east of Pinecrest. Kennedy Meadows Resort offers cabins, camping, horseback riding, hiking and cute store and tasty restaurant. Huge talus pile below Columns of the Giants are sure to intrigue four year-olds like Jack, and adults! Pack horses await early morning [...]

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