Area Activities


Our resort, situated on a crystal clear alpine lake and surrounded by stunning peaks, offers endless possibilities for your year-round enjoyment. At Caples Lake, many activities are available summer, winter, and fall—or perhaps you’d just like to curl up with a book by a fire in the lodge or while sunning on the deck of your cabin. If you’d like to explore a little further, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is only a 5 minute drive and offers fine dining, summer recreation with its mountain bike park and, of course, its world class skiing facilities for winter recreation. Lake Tahoe and all its attractions are only 30 minutes away.

SUMMER & FALLFishing Post Card

Fishing… From April to October the Caples Lake area offers some of the best trout fishing in the Sierra. Whether you fish in Caples Lake, or one of the many other alpine lakes in the area, or in the West Fork of the Carson River which winds through the heart of Hope Valley, there is something to offer every level of fisherman. Caples General Store is fully outfitted with flies, bait, maps, rental boats, and more.

Hiking MapHiking… There are miles, upon miles of trails just outside your door or within minutes of Caples Resort. With thousands of acres of national forest land and protected wilderness in all directions, the options are unlimited. You can even get a first-hand history lesson by taking a walk along the historic Emigrant Trail. Suitable hiking trails are available for all ages and hiking abilities. Our staff will point you in the right direction with maps, guides, and all you may need to make your hike memorable.

For guided History walks, Hiking Tours, please contact our neighbor, Gabby’s Historical Gold Rush Tours at: 


WildFlowers1Wildflowers and Fall colors… In summer the roadsides, trails, and meadows are overflowing with flowers. We can tell you where to find peak blooms and when. Fall brings an avalanche of red, yellow, and gold to take your breath away—even more spectacular when framed against the dark evergreens, mountain ridges, and endless blue skies. Definitely a photographer’s paradise!

Swimming/hot springs… The crystal clear waters of Caples Lake are ideal for swimming. If you’d prefer something a tad warmer, nearby Grover Hot Springs State Park features a naturally heated hot springs pool as well as a large regular swimming pool. Lovely park grounds offer wonderful picnic spots underneath the pines.

Kayaking at Caples LakeLake kayaking and canoeing… Launch a kayak or canoe and explore Caples Lakes’ hidden coves.  If you’re lucky, an osprey may dive down and catch a fish right in front of you! You can rent kayaks and canoes at the resort’s marina.

Mountain Biking… The area offers excellent, challenging mountain and road biking. Dirt roads leading to beautiful valleys and breathtaking vistas offer hours of pleasure.  We can provide local maps to help you lay out your tour. Ambitious road riders can pedal up and down the route followed by the famed Death Ride, a grueling race over five mountain passes held annually in July.

Horseback riding… Experience the mountains the way it was done when the Pony Express rode through the region over a century ago.

White-water rafting/kayaking… The East Fork of the Carson, a short drive from Caples Lake Resort, offers exhilarating rides through rugged, rock-walled canyons from May to July, water level permitting. Directions are available from the staff.

Golfing… There are at least nine nearby Golf Courses within a 30 minute drive from Caples Lake Resort, for the golfing enthusiast.


Alpine Downhill Skiing, boarding, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Ice Fishiing… 1 mile east @ Kirkwood!

Caples Lake Resort is the perfect alpine getaway for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Come kick-and-glide through forest glades, across sweeping valley floors, or across our frozen lake. You can snowshoe and cross-country ski from your front door. Caples offers 13 square miles of valley and frozen lake (4 to 6 feet of ice and snow) to enjoy! In addition, Kirkwood Cross Country Ski Shop and Hope Valley Outdoor Center are just minutes away. Both maintain excellent networks of marked trails for all levels of skier. They also rent cross-country ski equipment and easy-to-use snowshoes and will point you to well-marked trails. Our staff is very knowledgeable about the area and can suggest other possibilities as well.

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