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A White New Years in Bear Valley, CA

January 11, 2017

I’m a little late with my New Years post, I know. However, I couldn’t pass up sharing our trip to Bear Valley with all of you so here it is, only 10 days late.

We spent the long weekend at our dear friend’s family cabin in Dorrington, which is about 20 miles southwest of Bear Valley. Bear Valley is the smaller, way less touristy Tahoe of sorts. There is a ski mountain, a frozen lake, snowshoeing and snowmobilin’. My favorite time to visit is in the summer but it’s still a beautiful winter wonderland in December/January.

We love to head up to the frozen Lake Alpine and hike around in the Sno-Park as the snowmobiles fly by. The dogs run free and us coastal folk enjoy the snowy view. Many people are snowshoeing and sledding too. It’s cool to see the landscape transformed by the snow. For lunch we like to head over to the Lube Room in Dorrington for good burgers and sandwiches.

A short drive away is the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, home of the now late Pioneer Cabin Tree. Luckily we were able to snap some pics in the tree before she met her final day. The fall of this iconic tree is a reminder that we should always cherish our natural world and to get out and see as much as we can before it’s too late.

It’s always nice to escape to the mountains and this trip was a great start to 2017. We are so lucky to have friends that share this special place with us.

Cabin in Dorrington

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

..shhh don’t tell anyone we snuck a beer into the park.

Dan-cers pose.

Pioneer Cabin Tree!

Shortly before her fall.

Lake Alpine Sno-Park

Frooooozen lake. 

Not too sure about this snow stuff…

Cheesin’ on the lake.

Back to the cabin.


Have you been to Bear Valley? What are your favorite things to do there?

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  • Reply Dan W January 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Awesome!!! Love the writing and great photos! Blog is very cool! Well done Tiff!

    • Reply Tiffany January 12, 2017 at 3:50 am

      Thanks DW! And thanks for checking it out! Good times!

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