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Dorrington is a tiny town with a population of less than one thousand, located in Calaveras County along Highway 4 in the central High Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is Sierra "Gold Country," an area filled with dozens of small gold rush "boom towns," all with an interesting history and a story to tell. Today, these communities offer visitors a place to stay while exploring the area - bed & breakfasts, hotels; rental homes and cottages can be found, along with antique shops and restaurants. It's a spectacular area, filled with rivers and waterfalls, forests and redwoods, and home to Sonora Pass, the second highest Sierra Nevada mountain pass (that's on a paved road,) at 9,624 feet. The road over this pass is usually open only a short time in summer, due to heavy snows that start early and end late in the season (but the view over the pass is worth the wait.) The town of Dorrington is also near the Calaveras County Big Trees State Park, which contains Redwood trees more than 2,000 years old, and offers hiking and backpacking, camping (both primitive and campgrounds.) Just a short drive north of Dorrington is Bear Valley, known for its exceptional skiing in winter, and hiking, mountain biking, rafting and camping in summertime. Dorrington is also near the Stanislaus National Forest and the Mercer Caverns, and is approximately a two-hour drive to Yosemite National Park.

Surrounding areas: Arnold, California (5.1 mi), Hathaway Pines, California (8.9 mi), Murphys, California (14.7 mi), Strawberry, California (15.9 mi), Long Barn, California (16.4 mi), Bear Valley, California (16.9 mi), Mi-Wuk Village, California (17.3 mi)

Dorrington Vacation Rentals

Dorrington Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA5.1 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA5.1 mi.(209) 795-1980
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA8.2 mi.(209) 795-9935
Wildwood Inn22960 MDW DrTwain Harte, CA18.2 mi.(209) 586-2900
Columbia Inn Motel22646 Broadway StColumbia, CA19.6 mi.(209) 533-0446
Angels Inn Motel600 N MainAngels Camp, CA21.5 mi.(209) 736-4192
Best Western Sonora Oaks19551 Hess AveSonora, CA22.5 mi.(209) 533-4400
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn14260 Mono WaySonora, CA22.5 mi.(209) 533-4971
Sonora Inn160 S Washington StSonora, CA22.7 mi.(209) 532-2400
Sonora Gold Lodge480 W Stockton StSonora, CA22.9 mi.(209) 532-3952
Historic National HotelJamestown, CA25.3 mi.(209) 984-3446
Quality Inn-sonora18730 Hwy 108Jamestown, CA25.3 mi.(209) 984-0315
Historic National Hotel18183 Main StJamestown, CA25.4 mi.(209) 984-3446
Holiday Inn Express Hotel101 Clinton RdJackson, CA26.6 mi.(209) 257-1500
Best Western Amador Inn200 S Hwy 49Jackson, CA27.1 mi.(209) 223-0211
Sutter Creek Days Inn271 Hanford St Hwy 49Sutter Creek, CA29.2 mi.(209) 267-9177
Bed & Breakfast
Grey Gables Bed & BreakfastSutter Creek, CA29.2 mi.(209) 267-1039

Dorrington Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Foothills  region, or the "Mother Lode," as it is sometimes called, has four mild seasons. In fall, the leaves change and temperatures begin to drop. Winters receive lots of rain in November through March, and it is cool enough at night for a fire in the fireplace, but rarely does it ever snow in the foothills. Spring is very pleasant with showers sometimes continuing through April and May. Summers are hot, dry and sunny. The foothills region is usually a few degrees cooler than the lower valley regions in summer. Fog, which is often a problem at lower elevations in winter, occurs less frequently here. Many people from the Valley travel "above the fog" in the wintertime for a much-needed sunshine break. Thunderstorms can occur anytime in California, but they are very light and infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 28°F 10.77 in. -
February 45°F 28°F 9.94 in. -
March 48°F 30°F 9.02 in. -
April 55°F 33°F 4.14 in. -
May 64°F 39°F 2.18 in. -
June 74°F 46°F 0.74 in. -
July 81°F 52°F 0.28 in. -
August 80°F 51°F 0.22 in. -
September 74°F 47°F 1.07 in. -
October 63°F 40°F 3.14 in. -
November 50°F 32°F 6.47 in. -
December 44°F 28°F 7.45 in. -

Dorrington Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located about 43 miles northeast of Dorrington in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located approximately 55 miles northeast of Dorrington in Minden, Nevada, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 57 miles northwest of Dorrington in Sacramento, California, and finally the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located around 59 miles west of Dorrington in Stockton, California.

Dorrington Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA46.4 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA55.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA68.7 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV88.5 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV89.8 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA52.7 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA68.7 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV89.8 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA97.9 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA106.7 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA110.5 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA110.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA5.6 mi.
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA11.9 mi.
Twain Harte Golf ClubTwain HarteCA18.2 mi.
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA18.3 mi.
Pine Meadow Public Golf CourseMartinezCA20.1 mi.
Phoenix Lake Golf CourseSonoraCA20.3 mi.
Greenhorn Creek Resort Golf CourseAngels CampCA22.3 mi.
Mountain Springs Golf & Country ClubSonoraCA22.6 mi.
Saddle Creek Golf ClubCopperopolisCA29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA17.1 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA24.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA29.9 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA36.2 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA46.3 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA54.6 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA60.5 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA60.6 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV67.7 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA70.4 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA70.4 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA71.1 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA71.1 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA74.7 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA84.2 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV88.5 mi.
State Parks
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA2.2 mi. 
Columbia Historic State ParkCA19.8 mi. 
Grover Hot Springs State ParkCA36.6 mi. 
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV52.6 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV53.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA55.3 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA68.7 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA108.3 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA110.5 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA110.9 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA113.8 mi.

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