Backpacking / Trekking in Ebbetts Pass, Angels Camp, California USA

1.8 miles/2.9 km
Bear Valley is a ski area located near Angels Camp, on highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, approximately 3 hours southeast of Sacramento, California, USA.

Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass, which is perfect for backpacking. Day rides can vary from unstrained, quarter mile rides to full day excursions on strenuous mountain peaks. One of the best rides is at the Spicer Meadow Reservoir Area. This area has three different trail paths.

The first trail is Elephant Rock Lake to Rock Lake, which is a 1.8 mi/2.9 km, one way mountain trail with 800 ft/244 m elevation, gain rising. If you want to try an easier trail, go to Elephant Rock, a half mile trail each way, where the terrain is level.

The second trail is Around Utica Reservoir, which is a 6 mi/9.6 km, one way cross country trail with 100 ft/30.5 m, up and down elevation. It is not an official trail, but it is an obvious one around the lake. You can bring fishing gear and fresh water to experience camping, enjoying the surrounding beauty of the scenery.

The third trail is Spicer to Sand Flat, which is a 5.5 mi/8.8 km, one way mountain trail with drop 1000 ft/304.8 m elevation, going up. There is a bridge you can cross and hike up to Highway 4, at Big Meadow for pick up.

How to Get to Destination

164 miles/263.93 km, 3 hours 5 minutes
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 miles/144.2 km, 2 hours 4 minutes
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 miles/201.17km, 2 hours 41 minutes
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 miles/81.433 km

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