Calling all thrill-seekers and nature lovers! When you visit the mountainous region of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, your gateway to outdoor adventures is the Arnold Rim Trail. One of the most popular self-guided excursions, this spectacular trail offers some of the best hiking, sightseeing, and biking activities in Calaveras County. Whatever you want to experience this local favorite, an all-day trip along this 35-mile scenic drive will make for an unparalleled experience while you stay at Courtwood Inn!
Before trekking along the Arnold Rim Trail, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide to Calaveras County! You’ll find our top recommendations for outdoor expeditions, eclectic eateries, and lively annual events. Our guide also showcases the accommodations and inclusive amenities at Courtwood Inn!
Arnold Rim Trail Has the Best Outdoor Adventures!
The Arnold Rim Trail Association is currently collaborating with State Park and U.S. Forest Service agencies to expand and protect this magnificent place. While its expansion continues, we encourage you to download the Arnold Rim Trail map for an overview of the area.
Where Do the Adventures Begin?
The trailhead is a block over from the parking lot of the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, the official Arnold Rim Trail address! Before or after your outdoor expeditions, stop in this stunning museum. With a variety of displays, dioramas, and artifacts, you’ll be captivated by what the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum has to offer. On your tour, a guide teaches you about the intricate history of logging in the Sierra Nevadas. In addition, there are outdoor exhibits to see as well!
Where to Trailblaze
If you are searching for the best views of our area, the Arnold Rim Trail Top of the World is the hike for you! When you reach the lookout at the end of this part of the trail, you’ll be delighted by the panoramic views of the Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area and the Yosemite Wilderness!
Or, you can enjoy the Cougar Rock hike. On this trail, you’ll see large boulders and views of the Mokelumne River Canyon. You’ll experience one of the best hikes near Arnold, CA, as you meander down the peaceful Arnold Rim Trail.
As you hike, you’ll see an array of flora and fauna and may even discover the San Antonio Falls in Arnold, CA. Known as the Arnold Rim Trail falls overlook, this zen oasis is one of the only waterfalls in Calaveras County that cascades down dense granite formations. From the moment you hear the peaceful sounds of the water, you’re sure to feel relaxed on your journey!
Turning Your Gears
If you want to push your limits, head on the Arnold Rim Trail mountain biking trail! There is one trail dedicated to this rigorous activity. While you are riding down the path, be on the lookout for fellow hikers and pedestrians who share the trail with you.
Relax at Courtwood Inn
After you experience the Arnold Rim Trail, make the scenic 15-mile drive back to Courtwood Inn. Each of our stunning accommodations features a private balcony, spa-like bathrooms, and stunning views of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Foothills. As you search our unique guest rooms, select the relaxing retreat for your getaway to California. And, when you arrive, ask us for a glass of wine from our selection of seasonal blends!
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