THE SEASONS OF CAPLES LAKE RESORT
Caples Lake Resort is open from Memorial Day through the end of October and from Christmas time until early April. The fall shutdown (November to Christmas) and spring shutdown (early April through Memorial Day) are used for maintaining and upgrading resort facilities…and waiting for the lake to freeze or thaw.
The resort is open Christmas through early April. Caples Lake usually freezes over by early December and becomes a play ground for ice fishermen, Cross Country skiers, and snowshoe trekkers. The lifts at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, with a base elevation of 8200 feet and the best snow in the Sierras, are only two miles away. Kirkwood’s XC and Snowshoe Center and trails are less than one mile east. For X-country skiers and Snowshoe enthusiasts, in addition to Caples Lake and the groomed trails at Kirkwood, there are many forest service roads, summer hiking trails, and open pastures just waiting to be explored. See the “Area Activities” page for more information.
Bring your woolies! Warm hats, boots and gloves or mittens are essential. Even in the winter the sunshine warm layers are good, especially for cross-country skiers.
Please plan your drive to and from the High Sierra accordingly. Pack your vehicle with the essentials for a winter mountain drive.
Please check: CalTrans: Road Conditions
Please read: Winter Driving Tips Travel Prepared and Safe!
A time for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, photographing—and just kicking back while enjoying the mountains that rise to 10,400 feet in the Mokelumne Wilderness which bounds the lake on its south and east sides.
If that weren’t enough, there are the spectacular wild flowers so dense and various! The volcanic ridges left behind as the glaciers receded from the Carson Pass area form a perfect habitat for wild flowers. In addition, because plant environments range from scree to open pasture and from seep to bog, a variety of species flourish. Peak bloom here is usually in mid-July, with flowers so dense and so various that a walk, even a short, easy one, can take the better part of a day. Bring your camera! For more hiking information and trail pictures, check the “activities” link.
Days are warm but in the high altitudes even summer evenings can get cool. Bring layers—from shorts and t-shirts to sweaters, long pants, and a light weight jacket. Summer can also be a time of afternoon thunder storms so a rain proof jacket/windbreaker also comes in handy.
The fishing picks up in September/October and the aspens turn vibrant colors. From the last week in September to mid-October the trees from Caples lake, over Carson Pass, and down into Hope Valley (10 miles away) provide a kaleidoscope of color. Hiking is still good, especially on the trails where the aspens and other foliage wear their fall colors. A wonderful time for photographers—bring your camera! See the “Fall Colors” link under “Some Things To Do” for pictures of fall color.
Fall weather is unpredictable. It can be shorts and t-shirt weather—or fleece! Short periods of snow are not uncommon. Bring some boots, warm socks, and gloves or mittens just in case. Layers are good!
We hope you decide to join us at Caples Lake.
The Caples Lake Resort staff looks forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise!
John Martin Voss
1939 – 2016