With more than 700 square miles of public lands, Alpine County includes portions of the Humboldt-Toiyabe, Stanislaus, and Eldorado National Forests, and the Mokelumne and Carson-Iceberg Wildernesses. Additional lands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This incredible region offers a wide variety of mountain and water based recreation. Hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, rafting, cycling, and OHV use are just a few of the many activities available. For more information, contact the agencies below:
Campfire Permits: Campfire permits can be obtained at the Alpine County Visitor's Center in Markleeville. Permittees need only their valid driver's license/ID.
Christmas Tree Permits: Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are available for purchase from beginning Nov. 1, or the first business day thereafter, thru Dec. 24 . In Alpine County, permits can be purchased at the Markleeville General Store and the Wylder Hope Valley Café and General Store. Click here for more information, and to download the tree cutting vicinity maps for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Fishing Licenses: Stream fishing in Alpine County typically runs from the last weekend in April through November 15.
Sno Park Permits: SNO-PARK permits are required for the upcoming season beginning November 1, 2020 through May 30, 2021 and are currently only available for purchase through the State of California's online vendor. Click here for more information.
Wilderness Permits: Wilderness Permits are not currently available at the Visitor's Center. For information on obtaining one, visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website.
For additional information, contact:
Alpine County Visitor's Center:
PO Box 265, #3 Webster Street
Markleeville, CA 96120
We will be hosting our 40th anniversary Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps on Sat. July 17, 2021. The following roads will be closed this day:
Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Markleeville to Lake Alpine
Hwy 89 (Monitor Pass) from Markleeville to Hwy 395
Plan your trip accordingly, and enjoy visiting the communities of Markleeville and Lake Alpine/Bear Valley while you wait to proceed to your destination.