A getaway location for many Central Valley families in California, Twain Harte was named after two famous authors who lived in the state: Bret Harte and Mark Twain. The Mi-Wuk Indians used to reside in present-day Twain Harte and nearby towns of Sonora, Columbia, and Jamestown were the main sites of gold discovery in 1849. Today, the area is known for its natural beauty and access to many different recreational activities.
The high elevation (relative to the nearby agricultural valley) means Twain Harte gets a decent amount of snow in the winter, but remains comfortably warm during the hot summer months. Its location in Tuolumne County is convenient to ski resorts, great hiking trails, and even a national park. Calling itself “Tuolumne County’s breath of fresh air”, this small town is a quaint vacation destination any time of the year.
Many nearby hiking trails are worth a visit if you’re traveling to Twain Harte. The pine trees and fresh mountain air will greet you as you hike through the Stanislaus National Forest. Pinecrest is a great place to go for a pleasant walk. Just a 20-minute drive into the forest is where you’ll find Pinecrest and Pinecrest Lake. In the summer, this place is a beautiful way to spend your day hiking around Pinecrest Lake, climbing on huge boulder formations, and taking in the clear blue skies.
In the winter, Twain Harte is the ideal place to stay and make home base. Located just a 30-minute drive away, Dodge Ridge is one the most popular skiing and snowboarding destinations in Northern California. There’s even a shuttle offered between the mountain and Sonora and all places in between. That means you and your friends can spend the day hitting the slopes, eating in slope side Local Café, and having a drink in Boulder Bar without having to worry about the drive back to your lodging. Dodge Ridge boasts trails ranging from expert to easier, and a rope tow for those learning how to ski or snowboard. Its 862 total acres of skiable mountain provides 67 runs and 3 terrain parks for the skilled skier. If you want something a little different, head to Leland High Sierra Snowplay, a sno-park located just a few minutes beyond Dodge Ridge. Here, the well-groomed hills make the perfect place to sled or tube down the mountain, and it even offers mini snowmobile rides and a kiddie hill for children.
Although Twain Harte is a small town, it still houses some good eats and places to shop. Stop by Eproson House for some delicious food and great ambiance. The prime rib and French onion soup are customer favorites, and the lunch, outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in the summer. The Rock of Twain Harte is the go-to pub in town, and their outdoor beer garden is surrounded by tall pines and offers communal picnic tables for socializing. Don’t forget to check out the shops in the area. The Walk-in Closet Consignment Boutique offers great thrift store finds, like clothing, jewelry, and shoes. At the Harte of the Kitchen, you’ll find everything you need to stock your home kitchen with some quality items.
Yosemite National Park is under 2 hours away from Twain Harte, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit it. Since it was established in 1890, over 4 million visitors have come through the park. Hike Half Dome if you’re looking for a challenge, and see the sights like El Capitan and Yosemite Valley as you hike through the park. There are also a handful of food options, a golf course, and even rock climbing opportunities in Yosemite. This national park is not one to be missed, especially since you’ll be staying nearby in Twain Harte.
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Getting to Twain Harte from outside of California is best done by flying into Fresno Yosemite International Airport. You’ll be a 2 hour and 15-minute drive from Twain Harte, so you’ll want to rent a car. From Fresno, take Highway 99 to scenic Highway 108. The highway runs right through Twain Harte, so you can’t miss it. The rental car will definitely come in handy, as Twain Harte does not have a sophisticated public transportation system.
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