Hope Valley

Carson Pass, California






Hope Valley

Hope Valley rests at 7,000 feet on the eastern side of Carson Pass. The valley has long been a favorite destination for fly fishermen, artists, photographers, day hikers, and a host of others who appreciate its beauty. Most famous for its fall colors, Hope Valley is a magnificent destination year-round. In winter its pristine snowfields attract cross country skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.

Its lack of development is one of its greatest features. Visitors scan the meadows and see almost nothing but unspoiled beauty, from its meandering West Carson River to its guardian peaks.

photo of Hope Valley on Carson Pass, CA

Day Hiking in Hope Valley

Crater Lake

Find the trailhead 1.3 miles west of the Blue Lakes Road turnoff. The trail is actually a 4-wheel road that leads up to a number of mining prospects on slopes of Stevens Peak. The 2.5-mile hike climbs from 7,400 feet to 8,650 feet as it winds back and forth up the mountain side. Crater Lake is nestled in a pocket part way up the slope between Red Lake Peak and Stevens Peak.

Scotts Lake

The hike to Scotts Lake begins at the same place as the Crater Lake hike, but almost immediately veers to the right, traversing the mountain side for more than 2 miles. Then it climbs sharply up to the lake. Overall the trail is 3 miles, climbing from 7,400 feet to 8,050 feet. Much of the route is on 4-wheel dirt road. An alternate route begins one mile east of Blue Lake Road. Combined, the two trails make a nice loop trip.

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Fishing Hope Valley

West Carson River

The West Carson River begins at 8,700-foot Lost Lakes and plunges into 600 feet into a valley that leads into Faith Valley. There the river begins to meander across Faith Valley and later Hope Valley. That 10-mile segment only drops about 500 feet.

Fly fishermen love to work this length of the river. Most of it is easily accessible from Highway 88 or Blue Lakes Road. At Picketts Junction is a disable accessible parking and restroom facility. Disabled accessible fishing piers are located north of the restroom.
Popular flies and nymphs: Adams, Ants, Grey Wulff, Gnats, Elk Hair Caddis; Bead head pheasant tail, Zug Bug

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Sorensen's Resort

Sorensen's is a unique resort located in the beautiful Hope Valley on the eastern side of Carson Pass. The resort features a restaurant, sauna, housekeeping cottages, log cabins, and vacation home rentals.

14255 Highway 88, Hope Valley, CA
(800) 423-9949   Sorensen's All-Season Resort

Resort Amenities

  • Country Cafe open from breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Gift Shop with art, books, gift cards, wines and gourmet food.
  • Workshops and activities such as star-gazing, watercolor painting, music, guided history walks, photography

Accommodations

Bed & Breakfast Cottages: Sleep 2, complimentary breakfast, two cottages with shared bathroom, one with separate bath.
Rates: $125 - $190 per night, depending on day of week, cottage choice, and season
Cabins: Sleep 1 - 4, full kitchens, private baths, wood stove or gas log fireplace
Rates: $125- $260 per night, depending on cabin size, day of week, and season.
Group Cabins: Knotty Pine bunkhouse style cabin or two-story Norway House with sod roof, both with full kitchens and private baths
Rates: $175- $250 per night, depending on cabin size, day of week, and season.
Log Cabins: Sleep 2 - 4, Kitchenettes or full kitchens, private baths
Rates: $195 - $325 per night, depending on cabin size, day of week, and season.
Vacation Homes: Nearby vacation home rentals, sleep 6
Rates: $295 - $475 per night, depending on cabin, day of week, and season.

A Sample of Workshops and Tours
Offered at Sorensen's Resort - 2016

For information about workshops at Sorensen's Resort call (800) 423-9949 or to read more complete details about these and other events, see Sorensen's Resort Calendar of Events

Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch

May 7, 2016 - Join astronomers Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke for an evening of star gazing
8:00 PM
$10 donation

Spring Birds of the Sierra

May 18, 2016 - Join Jim Woods for a walk to spot local birds.
8 AM - Noon
$60 for guests of Sorensen's Resort, $95 for non-guests (includes picnic lunch)

Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill

June 6 - 9, 2016 - Learn to paint watercolor landscapes with lady Jill Mueller at this 4-day workshop.
8 AM - Noon
$345 for guests of Sorensen's Resort, $395 for non-guests (loding and meals extra)

Historic Emigrant Trail Tour

June 15-16, August 10-11, and September 14-15, 2016 - Tours of the Carson River Emigrant Trail. Begin the night before with a slide show. Hiking portions are moderate and the adventure is great for all ages. Lunch at Sorensen's included.
Tours from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
$60 for guests lodging at Sorensen's, $95 for non-lodging guests (children 6-13, $30). Includes morning coffee, slide show, lunch, and beverage on the trail.

Medicinal Plants Hike

July 3, 2016 - Join medicinal plants expert Dr. Kimball Chatfield on an easy walk as you learn about Sierra plants.
9:30 AM - 1 PM.
$35

Photography Workshop with Terry Nathan

July 16, 2016 - Learn how to photograph the Sierra landscape with the guidance of UC Davis professor Terry Nathan. For class reservations and lodging, call Sorensen's at (800) 423-9949.
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
$60 for guests lodging at Sorensen's, $95 for non-guests.

Alpine Wildflower Walk

July 22, 2016 - Learn about Sierra wildflowers with botanist and author Karen Wiese. (Her book Sierra Nevada Wildflowers is shown right.) Set out on a flat, easy 1½-mile hike to learn about area wildflowers and other flora.
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
$60 for guests at Sorensen's, $95 for non-guests. (includes picnic lunch)

Geology of the High Sierra

July 26-27, August 23-24, 2016 - Learn about Sierra geology from former NASA Apollo geophysicist Al Graf.
Evening video and slide presentation 7 PM - 8:30 PM, next morning auto tour to nearby geologic sites 9 AM - Noon
$60 for guests at Sorensen's, $95 for non-lodging guests. Picnic lunch included

Fall Color Hike

October 14, 2016 - Enjoy a 3-mile walk through the aspen groves of Hope Valley.
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
$60 for guests at Sorensen's, $95 for non-lodging guests. Picnic lunch included
For walk details, class reservations and lodging, call Sorensen's at (800) 423-9949.

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Hope Valley Camping

map of Hope Valley area campgrounds on Carson Pass, CA

Hope Valley Campground

Located at an elevation of 7,300 feet in Hope Valley, 8 miles east of Carson Pass on Blue Lakes Road. Usually open mid-July to September 30, depending on snowfall.

Campground Amenities

  • 22 single camp sites and 6 double - for tents, trailers, and RVs up to 35'
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Newly renovated in 2011-11
  • Along the West Carson River - fishing, hiking, mountain biking


Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Hope Valley
Fees: $16 per night for a single site

Kit Carson Campground

Located at an elevation of 6,900 feet, 10 miles east of Carson Pass on Highway 88. On the West Fork Carson River. Usually open May 1 to September 30.

Campground Amenities

  • 12 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs up to 30'
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings
  • Fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: None
Fees: $16 per night for a single site

Hope Valley Resort & Campground

Hope Valley Resort & Campground is a private campground located 1¼ miles east of Pickett's Junction, the intersection of Highway 88 and Highway 89 coming over Luther Pass from South Lake Tahoe. It is situated next to Sorensen's Resort. Opens Memorial Day and closes mid-October.

Campground Amenities

  • Drive-in and walk-in campsites
  • Hope Valley Cafe and Market, open 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
  • Hot showers, flush toilets, fire pits, picnic tables, full RV hook-ups (30 amp)

Rates

Walk-in tent sites: $20 per night for 2 people and small tent
RV and tent sites: $20 - $45 per night for 4 people and one vehicle

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Winter in Hope Valley

Winter brings new activities to Hope Valley.

  • Snowmobiling - The Sno-Park at the Blue Lakes Road turnoff makes a good staging area. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Winter Recreation Guide is a useful map for snowmobilers. For more about snowmobile routes in Hope Valley, see Carson Pass Snowmobiling
  • Cross Country Skiing - Hope Valley Outdoors operates a cross-country and snowshoeing program in the Hope Valley. For information about cross-country skiing and more about Hope Valley Outdoors, see
    Carson Pass Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Sledding with Husky Express Dog Sled Tours. For more about the tours see Dog Sledding on Carson Pass

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