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.