The Eastwood Sno-Park in Fresno County is one of five sno-parks in the Shaver and Huntington Lakes area in the Central Sierra Nevadas. The Eastwood Sno-Park is located on the east side of Highway 168 (also known as the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway and Tollhouse Road) at Huntington Lake Road. The Balsam Meadows, Coyote, Tamarack Ridge, and Huntington Lake Sno-Parks are all located in this area.
The Eastwood Sno-Park offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling activities. The Eastwood Sno-Park is within the Sierra National Forest, which maintains 209 miles of groomed trails in this region. A map of trails in the Sierra National Forest is available here. Trails to the peaks of Mt. Ian Campbell and Mt. Givens are accessible from the Eastwood Sno-Park. Winter recreation opportunities are abundant here, and in the spring through fall months, hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are popular, making this region a year-round mecca for outdoor recreation. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and the John Muir Wilderness are located nearby.
Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are recommended activities at this sno-park. There is no sled hill; snow-play activities are limited.
The Eastwood Sno-Park is open from November 1 through May 30. Sno-Park permits are required, and are available from nearby vendors or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Permits for the Eastwood Sno-Park are available online from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division or from designated vendors in Fresno County. A complete listing of vendors throughout Northern California is available here.
Ken’s Market, 42137 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-3549
China Peak Mountain Resort, 59265 Highway 108, Lakeshore, Ca. 93634 (559) 233-2500
Cressman’s General Store, 36088 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. (559) 93664, (559) 841-2923
Shaver Lake Gas & Food Mart, 41801 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-2740
Shaver Lake Sports, 41698 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-2740
Shaverkeps Mild to Wild, 41387 Highway 168, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-7711
Young’s Shaver Lake Hardware, 41777 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-3298
Rancheria Enterprises, 63211 Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, Ca. 93634 (559) 893-3234
Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, 6264 North Blackstone, Fresno, Ca. 93710 (559) 435-8600
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, 1725 23rdStreet, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 and (916) 324-4442
California State Parks Division of Vehicular Recreation Sno-Park Program
Sno-parks provide access to cross country ski trails, snowmobile routes, and snow play areas. Sno-parks are operated by the California State Parks and Recreation Office of Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation (OHMVR) in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. All of the sno-parks in California are in the Sierra Nevada’s, and are open from November 1 through May 30. The California Sno-Park Hotline can be reached at (916) 324-1222. Sno-Parks operated by the state are designated by brown signs located along highways.
There are 19 sno-parks operated by the OHMVR, and permits are required for each one. Day permits for $5 and season permits for $25 are available from designated Sno-Park vendors, by mail from OHMVR, or on-line. On-line purchases are subject to an additional $1.95 service fee. Permits must be displayed on the left side of the dashboard, and clearly seen from the outside of the vehicle. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and parking at a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $94.50 fine. California Sno-Park permits are also valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sanitation facilities are provided at each of the parks. Camping, littering, and over-night parking are prohibited.
The Sno-Parks are located in areas that can experience road closures in harsh weather conditions. Call CalTrans at 1-800-427-7623 or check the CalTrans website to get information on roadway conditions when planning your trip, and carry chains and a shovel. Winter recreation can be hazardous, so it is important you consider your skill level, wear proper clothing, have respect for the terrain and park rules and regulations, and adhere to posted warnings for your safety.
A printable brochure of Sno-Park locations is available from the OHMVR website and can be found here.
Share your experience. Please leave a comment below if you've visited this sno-park.