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Lair Virtual Information Session Video

First-time camper? Tune in for a fun and informative glimpse at what you can expect from a Lair of the Golden Bear vacation.

Suz McFadden / Cal Alumni Association
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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Lair in the Non-Summer Months

By Heather Johnson

Fall, winter, or spring, Cal alums and friends can stay at the Lair of the Golden Bear at any time of the year to explore nearby nature and enjoy the Lair’s different offerings.

CJ Poloka
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TAAP Scholars Take on the Lair

By Josephine Thornton

On Friday, August 26, an incoming cohort of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholars and Alumni Scholars Program staff traveled to Pinecrest for a weekend at the Lair of the Golden Bear. The result—a weekend of bonding, hikes to the lake, sunshine, and of course, s’mores.

Suz McFadden / Cal Alumni Association
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7 Things to Know about Camping at the Lair

By Heather Johnson

If you’re ready to take a break from your hectic day-to-day life and breathe in some cool mountain air, you’ll find everything you need at the Lair—a Cal alumni destination since 1949.

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Opening Safely 2022

Learn more about our expected protocols for camping at the Lair this season.

Photo by Shoey Sindel
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Join Us for Work Weekend!

Join us in late May and early June for Work Weekends - a behind the scenes look at the Lair and volunteer weekend to help us get our camps ready for summer.

Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
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Highly Recommended: Trip Insurance

While no one plans to cancel their vacation, sometimes unexpected events can throw a wrench in our plans! This is why we highly recommend trip insurance as a way to get reimbursed should you have to cancel.

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New This Summer at the Vista Lounge

Join us on Monday nights for a pop up from Sonora Taqueria with street tacos!

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2021 Reservations Information

The Lair will begin accepting reservations for summer 2022 this January!

Events

How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Washington is a longtime Lair camper and the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling.

Kelley L Cox / Cal Alumni Association
Events

Stellar Explosion and Exoplanets: Alex Filippenko at the Lair

“Some stars literally explode in a titanic act of self-destruction at the end of their lives, becoming some million or billion times as powerful as the sun,” Filippenko explains. “Exploding stars are not just spectacular to look at, but they’re important for our very existence.”

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Bear Music Fest Returns to the Lair

After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, Bear Music Fest will be back in 2022! A “music discovery” festival featuring under-the-radar artists, Bear Music Fest has become a Lair of the Golden Bear favorite over the past several years.