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Bear Trap Cabin Ride

Next Ride: June 8th 2024


Join us on an unforgettable adventure as we explore an off-road route that takes us through the stunning High Country. Our journey leads us to a historic cabin nestled in a picturesque mountain meadow. Get ready to experience the beauty of nature like never before!

Easy to Intermediate

Embark on a thrilling motorcycle adventure that transcends the boundaries of dense forests, leading you to the breathtaking alpine meadow known as Bear Trap Basin. As you ride through this pristine landscape, you'll be immersed in the beauty of wildflowers and surrounded by majestic quaking aspen trees. In fact, two of these quaking aspen trees have recently gained recognition from the Calaveras Ranger District as the largest in California, standing as silent sentinels in Bear Trap Basin.


Take a moment to savor the tranquility of Bear Trap Basin as you enjoy your lunch in the midst of this alpine paradise. The historic Bear Trap Cabin, nestled within the basin, adds a touch of nostalgia to your journey. Owned by the forest service and open to the public, this two-story cabin stands as a testament to the area's rich history. Maintained as an emergency refuge, the cabin is stocked with dry food and firewood during winter, providing a potential lifeline in the face of extreme weather conditions. While sparsely furnished, the cabin's stove becomes a crucial source of warmth, offering solace to those who may find themselves stranded during a winter storm.


Bear Trap Basin and its surroundings are renowned for their extreme winters and record-setting snow depths. Nearby Tamarack boasts an impressive snowfall legacy, holding the record for the greatest snow depth ever measured in North America. The U.S. snowfall record for one month stands at a staggering 390 inches (32.5 feet), recorded in January 1911. Tamarack also claims the U.S. seasonal snow depth record of 454 inches (37.8 feet) recorded in March 1911. To top it off, the Sierra Nevada witnessed an extraordinary snowfall during one season, with Tamarack, California, recording a staggering 884 inches (73.7 feet) in the winter of 1906-07.


      * Adventure leaves at 9:00am   Rides Approximately 175-200 miles

   * Arrive in the morning with a full tank of GAS, fuel stop approximately 120 miles

  • We will meet in the parking lot of 555 CA HWY 49 in Jackson and depart from there. Please bring lunch and any other refreshments or specific snacks you require.

  • Rides Approximately 175-200 miles

  • All riders must possess a valid drivers license with motorcycle endorsement, valid registration and current proof of insurance. All participants must wear all required safety gear including helmet.

  • OPTIONAL HOTEL Prior to Event: (Hotel not included) 
    Riders are responsible for booking their hotel reservations.
    Holiday Inn Express 101 Clinton Rd, Jackson, CA 95642  (209) 257-1500
    Additional hotels are available in Jackson CA.
    Truck/trailering your bike? Parking is available at the meeting location.

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