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Pinecrest is a tiny town located within the Stanislaus National Forest of Tuolumne County in northern California. This little resort community offers both summer and winter recreation near Pinecrest Lake in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Gold Country. All the outdoor activities imaginable are available such as hiking, golf, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, and even panning for gold. In winter, the mountains turn to a wonderland of snow with skiing, snowboarding and sledding available at nearby Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. The mountainous terrain, pine trees and many nearby lakes, rivers, creeks and streams make Pinecrest a nature lover and photographer's dreamland. Pinecrest is near the historic gold mining towns of Twain Harte, Sonora, Jamestown and Mi-wuk Village, and just a short drive to beautiful Yosemite National Park. In the Sierra Nevada foothills region of Tuolumne County, you will feel secluded and serene, with no crowds and no traffic problems. It feels a world apart, yet is only two hours from one of the most sophisticated cities in the world - San Francisco. Vacation in Pinecrest and discover the many different attractions where the biggest gold rush in history took place.

Surrounding areas: Strawberry, California (1.5 mi), Long Barn, California (10.2 mi), Mi-Wuk Village, California (13.9 mi), Twain Harte, California (16.8 mi), Dorrington, California (17.4 mi), Bear Valley, California (19.4 mi), Arnold, California (19.9 mi)

Pinecrest Vacation Rentals

Pinecrest Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wildwood Inn22960 MDW DrTwain Harte, CA16.7 mi.(209) 586-2900
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA20.1 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA20.1 mi.(209) 795-1980
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA20.5 mi.(209) 795-9935
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn14260 Mono WaySonora, CA23.6 mi.(209) 533-4971
Best Western Sonora Oaks19551 Hess AveSonora, CA23.7 mi.(209) 533-4400
Columbia Inn Motel22646 Broadway StColumbia, CA24.8 mi.(209) 533-0446
Sonora Inn160 S Washington StSonora, CA25.6 mi.(209) 532-2400
Sonora Gold Lodge480 W Stockton StSonora, CA25.9 mi.(209) 532-3952
The Groveland Hotel18767 Main StGroveland, CA27.4 mi.(209) 962-4000
Buck Meadows Lodge Yosemite Westgate Motel7647 Hwy 120Groveland, CA27.6 mi.(209) 962-5281
Lee's Middle Fork Resort Motel11399 Cherry Oil RdGroveland, CA27.6 mi.(209) 962-7408
Historic National HotelJamestown, CA28.6 mi.(209) 984-3446
Quality Inn-sonora18730 Hwy 108Jamestown, CA28.6 mi.(209) 984-0315
Historic National Hotel18183 Main StJamestown, CA28.7 mi.(209) 984-3446

Pinecrest Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Foothills  region, or the "Mother Lode," as it is sometimes called, has four mild seasons. In fall, the leaves change and temperatures begin to drop. Winters receive lots of rain in November through March, and it is cool enough at night for a fire in the fireplace, but rarely does it ever snow in the foothills. Spring is very pleasant with showers sometimes continuing through April and May. Summers are hot, dry and sunny. The foothills region is usually a few degrees cooler than the lower valley regions in summer. Fog, which is often a problem at lower elevations in winter, occurs less frequently here. Many people from the Valley travel "above the fog" in the wintertime for a much-needed sunshine break. Thunderstorms can occur anytime in California, but they are very light and infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 29°F 9.44 in. -
February 50°F 29°F 8.40 in. -
March 53°F 31°F 7.38 in. -
April 60°F 35°F 3.41 in. -
May 68°F 42°F 1.75 in. -
June 78°F 49°F 0.79 in. -
July 86°F 55°F 0.18 in. -
August 86°F 55°F 0.21 in. -
September 78°F 50°F 1.08 in. -
October 68°F 42°F 2.72 in. -
November 54°F 34°F 5.89 in. -
December 48°F 30°F 6.21 in. -

Pinecrest Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located about 48 miles north of Pinecrest in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located approximately 57 miles north of Pinecrest in Minden, Nevada, the Castle airport (MER) located roughly 64 miles southwest of Pinecrest in Merced, California, and finally the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located around 70 miles west of Pinecrest in Stockton, California.

Pinecrest Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA51.5 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA69.8 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA85.9 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA56.5 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA85.9 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV93.9 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA95.5 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA100.3 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA111.9 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA119.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Twain Harte Golf ClubTwain HarteCA16.8 mi.
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA20.5 mi.
Phoenix Lake Golf CourseSonoraCA21.2 mi.
Mather Golf CourseMatherCA22.6 mi.
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA22.8 mi.
Pine Meadow Public Golf CourseMartinezCA23.8 mi.
Mountain Springs Golf & Country ClubSonoraCA25.6 mi.
Pine Mountain Lake Country ClubGrovelandCA26.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA 
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA19.3 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA35.8 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA43.6 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA51.2 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA57.3 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA62.7 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA66.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA68.4 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA69.1 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV73.4 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA79.4 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA79.4 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA80.5 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA80.5 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV93.2 mi.
State Parks
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA16.7 mi. 
Columbia Historic State ParkCA24.4 mi. 
Grover Hot Springs State ParkCA36.4 mi. 
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV53.6 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV56.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA69.8 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA85.9 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA100.3 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA119.4 mi.

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