Bear Valley Lodge
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The Bear Valley Lodge is situated in the quaint Village of Bear Valley along Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway (Hwy 4) where John Ebbetts explored over a century ago. The Bear Valley area was originally named Grizzly Bear Valley. In August of 1855, O.B. Powers led a scouting expedition funded by business interests from nearby townships to seek a trans-Sierra route. The first written designation of the area being called "Bear Valley" was found in a stagecoach itinerary from 1869.
There are tales of notable personalities such as Jedediah Smith who came through the area in 1827 and Major John Ebbetts who arrived in 1850. “Major” John Ebbetts was a 33-year-old mountain man who was hired as a guide for a group of New York prospectors to help them travel over the Sierra Nevada and into California.
In 1853 John Ebbetts led a survey party back into the vicinity of the pass named for him in an attempt to locate a possible route for a transcontinental railroad into California from the east. Bear Valley came into prominence when this trail route, as identified by Ebbetts, was developed into a wagon trail by a group of businessmen from Murphys.
Bear Valley Lodge is the perfect destination for people looking for a cozy retreat to recreate, relax and unwind. The lodge is surrounded by nearby attractions like Lake Alpine, Utica and Union Reservoir, Spicer Reservoir, Stanislaus Meadow, Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness to name a few.
All year long, Bear Valley provides an an array of exciting activities and events. Winter can offer up to a 20 foot snow base that is perfect for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. Endless outdoor activities rival any summer resort's repertoire and fall's foliage is equal to that on the east coast. Once you visit this alpine wonderland, you will agree that the Bear Valley Lodge is a most memorable place to host your stay for any season and any reason.
Bear Valley Lodge provides several different options to accommodate your needs. All rooms include a private bathroom, Dish Network Satellite television, and telephone. A workout facility is available, and during the warmer months relax and enjoy the outdoor pool.
Bear Valley Lodge also offers a variety of dining options.The Creekside Dining Room offers a creative and healthy selection of meals to suit your palette. The Grizzly Bar and Grill offers a casual dining menu where you can enjoy a cocktail at the full service bar or watch the game with friends in the lounge.The newest addition to Bear Valley Lodge, Sky High Pizza and Pub, provides a warm, family atmosphere. After the ovens are shut off this area turns into a local gathering place where you can play games, shoot pool and spend time with loved ones.
Seasons Open: Year round
- Mountain Biking
- Hiking and Backpacking
- Rock Climbing
Rate Range: $108-$285
FROM THE BAY AREA & CENTRAL VALLEY
Take 580 East to 205 East to 120 East to 99 North to 4 East and continue to Bear Valley.
Take 99 South to 12 East to 49 South to 4 East and continue to Bear Valley.
FROM LAKE TAHOE / RENO
Winter: Take 80 West, 50 West, or 88 West from the greater Lake Tahoe basin, to 99 South to 4 East and continue to Bear Valley. (Ebbetts Pass is closed in winter). Summer: Take 4 West off of 88 at Woodfords and continue to Bear Valley.
ONCE IN BEAR VALLEY
Turn onto Bear Valley Rd for about 1/4 mile. We are on the right hand side in the Village Center.
CAL TRANS ROAD CONDITIONS
Visit the website or in California call, 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), out of state (916) 445-7623. Chains and/or 4-wheel drive can be required on Highway 4 during inclement weather days.
No pets are allowed at the lodge.