No matter one’s definition of adventure or a scenic drive—it’s discovered in Tuolumne County’s High Country along Highway 108 (Sonora Pass). Magnificent vistas, trails, lakes, rivers and streams create endless opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast and feature breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air.
The town of Twain Harte is a great place to start with quaint shops and galleries. Feel like a kid again at the “vintage” Twain Harte Mini Golf course which is over 65 years old. The town and surrounding communities offer many vacation rentals and cabins for a stunning getaway in the mountains.
Hiking is the number one visitor activity in Tuolumne County. Thousands of miles of trails provide one-of-a-kind treks for hikers of any skill level on the Stanislaus National Forest. Journey into the wilderness to alpine lakes and rivers or stay closer to the beaten path.
Experience the West the way the settlers first saw it--on horseback! From a leisurely half-hour ride to an adventuresome week-long pack trip into the Emigrant Wilderness, riders see the best of the Sierra Nevada from the best seat in the house--a saddle. Reputable pack stations offer rides May through October with knowledgeable guides leading the way.
Many lakes offer a refreshing break from the road. Easily accessible Pinecrest Lake is a popular spot with a lot of opportunities such as hiking and fishing year-round and swimming, boating (boat rentals available) or just basking in the sunshine during the summer. Hint: Arrive early in the day on summer weekends. Nearby Pinecrest Lake, Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort offers a mountain top disc golf course, mountain biking trails, and more exciting summer activities.
With winter comes snow and with snow comes skiing and snowboarding at Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort and snow tubing at Leland High Sierra Snowplay. Plus, cross-country ski and snowshoe trails provide for more backcountry experiences. Ice skating is available at The Long Barn Lodge Ice Rink.
For more information about High Sierra destinations and activities, visit the High Sierra Visitors Council's website.