About the Chalet

The Pinecrest Chalet is a Sierra Nevada landmark and tradition founded in 1952, as a rustic three-story dorm room with a separate kitchen and an outhouse. Over the past sixty years the Chalet has grown considerably and hosted thousands of guests from all around the world. In May 2009 the Cal Alumni Association acquired the year-round family resort, the perfect complementary sister property to its world-renowned Lair of the Bear summer family camps just downstream.

Each of our accommodations is unique and inviting. Our spacious chalets have full kitchens and sleep up to 14. Our cozy cottages are perfect for an intimate two-person stay amidst majestic pines. All guests are invited to enjoy our community areas, including an indoor children’s play room, pool, lodge, and den, where you can borrow great books, movies, or games. Feel free to visit us in the lobby and grab a snack or hot cup of coffee. Every night we light a fire in the Bear Garden – because everyone loves s’mores!

Our staff is also unique and inviting! Please feel free to stop any of us at any time with a question or request you may have. We are here to help. We love living and working in this magnificent forest, and we hope you enjoy your stay as much.

Summer Adventure and Winter Lair are for everyone. Our Summer Adventure Program offers guests archery classes, rock climbing instruction, guided fly fishing, paddle boarding, river rafting, and more. Our Winter Lair offers a long weekend of snowy fun for the whole family, including delicious buffet meals, group ski discounts, child care, and on-site activities for the whole family.

The Chalet is for groups during fall and spring. The Chalet is an ideal venue for family reunions, weddings, and corporate/organizational retreats. We offer discounts based on group size, and provide delicious catering and both on-site and nearby conference spaces.

We invite you to come enjoy these magnificent mountains, as did the Mi-Wuk Indians, pioneers, trappers, and loggers before us. There’s certainly a whole lot more than meets the eye up here in Pinecrest.

Come be a part of our Pinecrest Chalet history!

Pinecrest Chalet

500 Dodge Ridge Road
P.O. Box 1157
Pinecrest, CA 95364
Reservations: 209.965.3276

Website photography by Carrie Richards