Camping at the Amazing Big Trees at Calaveras and Caving

NOT A SIERRA CLUB EVENT -

Join us on this fun filled 4-day weekend of camping in our own private forested area as we discover this hidden California treasure. We will hike and explore among the giant Sequoia groves in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Big Trees offers’ un-crowded brilliant fall colors & an unparalleled nature experience. You can walk through the trees and witness first hand these biggest of nature's giants. The biggest trees are truly big—250 to 300 feet high and 25 to 30 feet across. And they’re ancient—2,000 to 3,000 years old. The trees are relics from a warmer and wetter time, the Mesozoic Era, some 180 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. You will get all the beauty of the Sequoia forest without the mass crowds found in Sequoia National Park.

Are you also ready for a Caving Adventure? This is a great opportunity for both newbies to caving and experienced spelunkers alike to spend a ½ day squeezing, crawling and spelunking through the State Historic Landmark of California Caverns on a fully guided tour through “middle earth”. Caving carries the lure of the unknown and the thrill of discovery.  Along with a trained guide -- you'll enter a labyrinthine world of narrow pathways and tight crevices, lit only by the yellow glow of your headlamp. Wade through water or scale through rocky walls. See underground chambers filled with dangling stalactites and adorned with colorful, intricate calcite deposits.

There will be other things to do for those of you who don’t want to do the big cave exploration; there will be an option for an easier cave tour, more hiking, visits to historic California gold rush towns or an afternoon of wine tasting.

Campground:The campground has running water, showers and flush toilets. We have reserved two group camping sites allowing us ample space to spread out and enjoy this place, along with a private restroom/shower area for our use! We have the entire group area to ourselves – an entire private forest. Take this opportunity for some great fall camping. We encourage carpooling. You can participate in as many or few of our scheduled activities as you feel fit. After all, it is your weekend!

Price is $150, Calaveras State Park entrance fee, three nights of camping, happy hour on Thursday, all meals Friday and Saturday plus a late breakfast on Sunday. Optional California Cavern activities: $110 for Middle Earth Expedition or $15 for Trail of Lights Walk tour.

You may cancel 60 or more days prior to the start date and receive a full refund. Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days prior to trip start date will not receive any refund. If you do not show up at point of departure on time, no refund will be given

NOT A SIERRA CLUB EVENT

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  • Tony Z.

    Ron, are dogs allowed. Take my two black labs Bob and Chelsea everywhere I go... They are super well-behaved and have done over 200 miles backpacking with me...

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With meals included, that means no "kitchen/cooking" items are needed to bring: coolers, camp stove, pans, etc....Is that correct?

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a great trip. I'm in :)

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this part of the Sierra club?

    June 27, 2013

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