About Pinecrest

High in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, yet less than three hours away from the Bay Area, the perfect family resort awaits you. Pinecrest Lake Resort, rests at 5600’ feet in elevation just steps from the shores of beautiful Pinecrest Lake. Above us sits our namesake, Pinecrest Peak, a majestic granite mountain rimming the deep blue waters of fabulous Pinecrest Lake.

Pinecrest Lake resonates in the hearts of many generations. Built during the logging era of 1914, the lake was to provide drinking water to the lower elevations and generate power through the power house down stream at Spring Gap. In 1923, Pacific Gas and Electric Company purchased the dam from San Francisco and Sierra Water & Power Company (see sidebar for more Pinecrest History).

Though off the beaten track, Pinecrest sits in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest and is accessible and open year round. Pinecrest is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet sensations and the stunning beauty of mountain life. Pinecrest Lake Resort is home to Cabins, Townhouses and Motel rooms as well as The Steam Donkey Restaurant, Pinecrest Lake Marina, Sport Shop, Grocery Store, Post Office, Pinecrest Hub Bike Rental, Serene Bean Coffee Bar and lake side Snack Bar.

Pinecrest Lake is the perfect location for your summer vacation or a winter getaway. During the summer months the lake’s waters stay cool, clean and refreshing. The Pinecrest Lake Marina offers motorboat, paddleboat, kayak, sailboat and party boat rentals. For the fisherman or woman Pinecrest Lake is stocked on a weekly basis with Rainbow Trout, a great catch! Spend your early morning hours catching that night’s dinner, your mid-day relaxing on the beach with a great book and take an evening kayak paddle on the lake before the sun sets.

During the winter months snow takes the center stage. Just four miles from major ski area, Dodge Ridge, Pinecrest provides an easy a well maintained base for your skiing, snowboarding or snow play vacation. Additionally the Pinecrest area is a wonderful location for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Many families spend quiet days building snow men and having snowball fights on the resort premises and their nights relaxing by a warm fire.


Resort operated under special use permit from Stanislaus National Forest. Resort services available without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability or national origin.