- Aquamarine lakes and streams, delicate wildflowers, spectacular vistas, unique geological formations, and other scenic wonders await visitors to the Calaveras Ranger District.
The Calaveras Ranger District, located in the northwest corner of Stanislaus National Forest, features 18 campgrounds, 20 plus trails and trailheads, five mountain bike trails, five major lakes and reservoirs, five day facilities, snowmobiling access, cross-country skiing trails, North Fork Stanislaus River, and access to both the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness.
Recreation - Calaveras Ranger District offers many recreation activities such as camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, and climbing.
Climate - Precipitation averages 50 inches annually on the western slope and as little as 15 inches on the eastern slope, 80% of it in the form of snow. Snowpacks typically linger into June, sometimes later following very wet winters. Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures may dip below freezing anytime.
The Calaveras Ranger District, located in the northwest corner of Stanislaus National Forest, encompasses the Highway 4 corridor. Gateway communities include Arnold and Bear Valley on the west side of the Sierra, and Markleeville on the east side.