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Mountain-Ranch is a small community located in Calaveras County, California near the colorful Gold Rush towns of Jackson, Murphys, San Andreas and Mokeulmne Hill. Mountain Ranch had a population of 1,557 in the 2000 census, and the town is registered as a California Historical Landmark. The Sierra Nevada Mountains of Calaveras County offer crystal clear lakes and streams, towering pines and rolling hills of picturesque vineyards. More than a half dozen wineries are in the area, open for tours and wine tasting. The Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Bear Valley Ski Area are nearby and just some of the recreational activities to enjoy include fishing, boating, hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing and more. Nearby Murphys, called "The Queen of the Sierras" has a downtown full of art galleries, unique shops and restaurants. Angels Camp, which at one time was the site of one of the richest gold mining towns in California, is now famous for its annual "Frog Jumping Competition." The whole region surrounding Mountain Lake is so full of history and natural beauty; you can spend days exploring the quaint towns and beautiful countryside, discovering something different every time.

Surrounding areas: Sequoia, California (27.0 mi), Kernville, California (36.9 mi), Wofford Heights, California (38.8 mi)

Mountain Ranch Vacation Rentals

Mountain Ranch Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Holiday Lodge40105 Sierra DrThree Rivers, CA17.9 mi.(559) 561-4119
Comfort Inn At Sequoia National Park40820 Sierra DrThree Rivers, CA18.1 mi.(559) 561-9000
Wuksachi Lodge64740 Wuksachi WaySequoia Natl PK, CA20.2 mi.(559) 565-4070
Sequoia Motel733 N Main StPorterville, CA21.0 mi.(559) 784-6175
Olive Tree Inn390 N Hwy 65Lindsay, CA22.0 mi.(559) 562-5188
Motel 6935 W MortonPorterville, CA22.1 mi.(559) 781-7600
Paul Bunyan Lodge940 W Morton AvePorterville, CA22.1 mi.(559) 784-3150
Best Western Porterville Inn350 W Montgomery AvePorterville, CA22.4 mi.(559) 781-7411
Best Western Exeter Inn & Suites805 S Kaweah AveExeter, CA24.9 mi.(559) 592-8118

Mountain Ranch Weather & Climate

Central California ,approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has varying climates, depending on the elevation of the area. The foothills region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, also known as the Mother Lode or Gold Rush Country, has four seasons. Summers are hot and dry, with sunshine almost every day. Thunderstorms are possible in summertime, but uncommon. Winters are mild and cool. Elevations above 5,000 feet, near the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Forests can experience snow from November through March. The lower regions receive lots of rain during these months, and fog can sometimes be a problem. Rains tamper off in spring and temperatures are quite pleasant. Fall brings color to the hills with mild sunny days and crisp, cool nights.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 58°F 35°F 4.74 in. -
February 63°F 38°F 4.29 in. -
March 67°F 41°F 4.77 in. -
April 74°F 44°F 1.80 in. -
May 84°F 50°F 0.79 in. -
June 93°F 58°F 0.33 in. -
July 99°F 64°F 0.10 in. -
August 98°F 63°F 0.06 in. -
September 92°F 58°F 0.66 in. -
October 81°F 48°F 1.15 in. -
November 66°F 39°F 2.67 in. -
December 58°F 34°F 3.00 in. -

Mountain Ranch Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Visalia Municipal airport (VIS) located about 39 miles west of Mountain Ranch in Visalia, California, Meadows Field (BFL) located approximately 58 miles southwest of Mountain Ranch in Bakersfield, California, the Inyokern airport (IYK) located roughly 62 miles southeast of Mountain Ranch in Inyokern, California, and finally the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located around 68 miles northwest of Mountain Ranch in Fresno, California.

Mountain Ranch Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA69.5 mi.
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA69.5 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA69.3 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA69.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Three Rivers Golf CourseThree RiversCA18.2 mi.
Porterville Municipal Golf CoursePortervilleCA20.7 mi.
Lindsay Municipal Golf CourseLindsayCA21.6 mi.
Exeter Public Golf CourseExeterCA25.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA98.9 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA108.8 mi.
Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark CenterHanfordCA53.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA69.5 mi.

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