You can rent snowmobiles at Bear Valley
The following is from the
National Forest Website:
- Bear Valley
Trail: 1.5 miles of groomed intermediate trail from Lake Alpine SNOPARK
to Bear Valley Village.
- Highway 4:
During the winter months, Highway 4 (east of closure gate) is groomed
for snowmobile use from the SNOPARK just east of Bear Valley to the top
of Ebbetts Pass (approximately 15 miles) and to Highland Lakes. This
trail has numerous segments, appropriate for different skill levels from
novice to expert. As the trail climbs towards the pass, the views are
spectacular. Opportunities exist for expert riders to continue riding on
the un-groomed portion of the Highway on the east side of Ebbetts Pass.
(Note: The groomed portion of Highway 4 is a multi-user trail, and is
heavily used by nordic skiers as well as snowmobilers, particularly in
the Lake Alpine region.)
Reservoir Area: This are contains approximately 20 miles of groomed
trail appropriate for novice to intermediate riders. The trail begins
1/4 mile from Highway 4 at the Spicer Reservoir Road parking area. The
trail descends gradually approximately 2.5 miles to the Stanislaus
River, where it crosses a bridge then ascends quickly out of the canyon.
From this point, the trail offers a gentle, level ride to a 3-way
intersection, 8 miles from the parking lot. Riders may continue on to
Union and Utica Reservoirs, Summit and Elephant Rock Lakes, or the
Spicer Reservoir Power House. Very experienced riders may continue on
the un-groomed route along Slick Rock Road to access Lake Alpine.