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Backpacking / Trekking in Pacific Crest Trail, Angels Camp, California USA

Trail:
3.5 mi/5.6 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 at Ebbetts Pass is Pacific Crest Trail. There are two trail paths.

The first one is south of Noble Lake, which is a 3.5 mi/5.6 km, one way mountain trail with 500 ft/152.4 m descent elevation, changeable and 500 ft/152.4 m climb. The trailhead is at the parking lot. The trail drops down to 500 ft/152.4 m at Noble Creek and then gains back its elevation on its way up to Noble Lake.

The second trail is north of Reynolds Peak. It is a 4 mi/6.4 km, one way mountain trail with 100 ft/30.5 m up and down elevation. The trailhead is along the Highway, east of Ebbetts Pass summit. While wandering, you will pass the Kinney Lakes, where you can camp if you want. Don’t miss walking next to the rugged volcanic slopes of Raymond and Reynolds Peaks.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Bay Area
164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
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 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
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 mi / 201.2 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
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.
BY AIR
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km
BY TRAIN

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