2017 Damaged Roads Re-opened
Notice from Forest Service: "Three roads on the Calaveras Ranger District that suffered extensive damage from winter storms this year will reopen today, Stanislaus National Forest officials announced. Spicer, Slick Rock and McKays roads are now open to visitors wishing to travel on them."
All the campgrounds accessed by the Spicer Reservoir Road are open, including Spicer, Spicer Group Camp, Union East, Union West, Rocky Point, Sandy Flat and Stanislaus River campgrounds.
Ebbetts Pass Campgrounds
The Ebbetts Pass corridor is filled with great campgrounds from Calaveras Big Trees State Park all the way up the to summit near Highland Lakes Campground. Among the most popular camping destinations is Lake Alpine. Campers can set up at Lake Alpine Campground near the boat launch ramp or around on the other side of the lake at Pine Marten Campground or Silver Valley Campground. A Backpackers' Camp is located near Pine Marten Campground.
Farther up Ebbetts Pass, a Group Camp is located at Spicer Meadow Reservoir. Small and Large Group sites are also found in Calaveras Big Trees State Park along with five more primitive environmental camps.
An Equestrian Area is designated at one end of Pacific Valley Campground.
Ebbetts Pass Adventures
For anyone camping on Ebbetts Pass, the Gold Rush town of Murphys is worth a full day visit. Find wine tasting, a museum, the historic Murphys Hotel, and plenty of fine restaurants and shops. Murphys is one of the most active towns on the Ebbetts Pass corridor with events taking place almost every weekend. Farther up the pass Bear Valley always has activities available. Check out mountain bike or kayak rentals. If you time it right, you might be able to pick up tickets to the Bear Valley Music Festival held in late July through early August.
For the more adventurous visit Mercer Caverns or Moaning Cavern. At the latter you will also find a climbing wall and zip lines. Near Arnold drive down to White Pines Lake and tour the Logging Museum or take a stroll on the Arnold Rim Trail.
A drive over Ebbetts Pass to Markleeville is another great outing. The scenic route is especially colorful in autumn.
Whichever campground you choose along the Ebbetts Pass Highway, you are bound to be close to plenty of wonderful things to do, from fishing or hiking to mountain biking or kayaking.