Strawberry, California, United States
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Strawberry Information

About Strawberry

Situated among the towering trees in the Stanislaus National Forest, Strawberry is the ideal vacation destination for outdoor-lovers. Year round activities include hiking, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, and hunting. In the winter, head out to the slopes and shred some fresh powder, jump on a snowmobile and go for a spin, or go tubing down the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You’ll love the natural surroundings, nearby Pinecrest Lake, and even a brewery where you can do a tasting of the local beer. Enjoy all these activities and more when you visit Strawberry!

Things to do in Strawberry

If you’re vacationing in the warmer months, you’ll want to head to Pinecrest Lake and soak in some sun. This beautiful, 300-acre lake is a perfect place to do some boating, swimming, camping, or hiking. There is a day-use swimming beach and marina, as well as a 4-mile loop hiking trail. Rent a kayak and head out on the water, or pick up some fishing supplies at the bait shop. Or, if you’d rather, just bring a beach towel and a book and enjoy the warm weather.

Mountain bikers will love the Pinecrest Peak trail, a ride that will challenge and excite. The trail is mostly all single track with some fire road mixed in. It gets a little rough in some areas, with rocks, rock gardens, and some boulders and switchbacks to work through, but riders can always walk their bikes down if needed.

During the winter months, Strawberry and its surrounding areas don’t slow down one bit. Dodge Ridge, just a five-mile drive, is the place to go if you’re looking to do some skiing or snowboarding. With 862 acres of terrain, 67 total runs, 12 lifts, and three terrain parks, snow bunnies of all skill levels will love riding at Dodge Ridge. If you like the snow but aren’t big on skiing or snowboarding, you could always go tubing at nearby Leland Snowplay. Drive five miles northeast of Strawberry and you’ll reach this family-friendly snow park where you can play in the powder all day. Get an all-day pass for just $37 and use the tows to get you up the mountain easily before you fly down it on a tube.

Day Trips from Strawberry

For a great day trip, head to Arnold, California, conveniently located just an hour and a half from Strawberry. Once you’re there, you can head to Snowshoe Brewing and try some of their award-winning local brews. Grab a sample of their specialty beers like their Cutthroat Strong Ale r Midnight Moon Oatmeal Stout. While in Arnold, make sure you check out Calaveras Big Trees State Park. You’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the giant sequoia trees, and the hiking trails will keep you active for hours. Be sure to make time for a day trip to Arnold.

Strawberry Accommodations

Strawberry is perhaps one of the best places in the area to stay during any time of the year. It’s close enough to both Pinecrest Lake and Dodge Ridge, and there are plenty of vacation rental options to choose from on Heading on a family vacation? Pick a cabin in the woods that sleeps five. If you’re planning a vacation with friends, choose a house with a hot tub that’s within easy driving distance to the lake or the slopes.

Transportation in Strawberry

If you’re already in California, driving to Strawberry is the easiest way to get there. The town is located right off of Highway 4, which can be reached via Highway 99, one of the state’s main arteries. If you’re flying into California, get a flight into Sacramento and rent a car to make the one hour and 50-minute drive to your accommodations in Strawberry. While on vacation, you’ll need a car, as there is no public transportation that will take you to your activity destinations.

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Vacation Rentals in Strawberry

Find the best Strawberry vacation rentals on With over 53 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Strawberry range from $89 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 29 homes in Strawberry offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 3 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 51 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Strawberry offers 13 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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