Summers at Kirkwood

Carson Pass, California

Kirkwood Summers

While Kirkwood is well known for its winter sports like alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing, the resort area has much to offer in the summers as well. Centrally located on Carson Pass, Kirkwood Meadows makes the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas like Silver and Caples Lake, Hope Valley, and Blue Lakes.

Lodging is plentiful in Kirkwood Meadows in late spring, summer, and fall. For an overview of accommodations, see Kirkwood Lodging.

For information about Winter at Kirkwood, see Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort.

Red Cliffs Summer HQ

Red Cliffs' Summer HQ serves as the base for summer activities at Kirkwood, including hiking, DiscWorld, zip lines, climbing walls, and mountain biking. The Summer HQ is open from 4th of July weekend through Labor Day weekend from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (209) 258-7210

Kirkwood Summer Attractions

Mountain Biking - 2018 Rates TBA

On summer weekends Kirkwood Ski Resort opens miles of alpine trails, along with chairlifts 1 and 2, to mountain bikers. The season opens in early July and continues on weekends through August. There are routes appropriate for beginners through advanced riders.
Season Mountain Bike Chairlift Tickets: adults $118, juniors $87, child $76
Day or Half Day Mountain Bike Lift Tickets:
Adult (19-64) full day $42, half day $30
Junior (13-18) full day $31, half day $26
Child (5-12) full day $25, half day $19
(209) 258-7277   Kirkwood Mountain Bike Lift Tickets

Bikes can be rented on weekends July 4 weekend through Labor Day weekend at the Kirkwood Mountain Sports Bike Shop at Red Cliffs Lodge.
2016 prices:
Adult full suspension bike: $110 per day, half day $84
Junior front suspension: $53 per day, half day $43
Helmets, pads (body armor) and gloves: $26
(209) 258-7240   Kirkwood Mountain Bike Rentals

Chairlift Rides

By taking advantage of Kirkwood's chairlifts, hikers can launch themselves onto high mountain trails and avoid the arduous uphill trek. The lifts operate on Thursday through Sunday from early July through Labor Day, 9 AM to 4 PM. Visit the Summer HQ for hiking guides and trail recommendations. Supplies can be purchased at the General Store. Lift ticket prices: $18 (children 5 and under free).

Free Disc Golf

Kirkwood's 18-hole disc golf course is thought to be one of the West Coast?s most challenging courses. All but three of the holes have significant elevation changes, one of them a staggering 1,400 feet. DiscWood is located on the mountainside above Timber Creek. Play at DiscWood is free. You can get up a scorecard from the General Store and enjoy an afternoon exploring the mountainside. Discs and other essentials are available at the General Store.


Summer Events at Kirkwood

2018 events TBA soon. For the most up-to-date information about Kirkwood's summer activities, visit their Events Calendar

Kirkwood Summer Festival - July TBA, 2018

Festivities include a volunteer Fire Department BBQ, beer and wine tasting, auction, live music and more.
Kirkwood Summer Festival

Sierra Cup at Kirkwood - July TBA, 2018

Watch amazing mountain bike riders complete in the Sierra Cup event at Kirkwood.
Sierra Cup Mountain Bike Series

Tour of California Alps Death Ride - July 14, 2018

Turn out for the annual bicycle race over three of California's highest mountain passes - Monitor Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and Carson Pass.
Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps

Annual Wildflower Festival and Hikes

July TBA, 2018
Kirkwood Community Association sponsored event, guided wildflower hikes on July 26 and 27.
Kirkwood Community Association Event Calendar

REI Outessa Summit Women's Event

August TBA, 2018
Kirkwood hosts the first ever REI Outessa Summit, a 3-day women's outdoor retreat. A chance for women to nurture their outdoor skills and explore new ones.
REI Outessa Summit

Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off

September TBA, 2018
Kirkwood Community Association sponsored event, 12:15 PM on the Village Plaza. Wine, beer and chili tasting, live music, Kids' Zone.
Kirkwood Community Association Event Calendar

Annual 5K/10K Run

August TBA, 2018
9:00 AM - 5K and 10K Run
Kirkwood 5K/10K Run

Events from Past Summers

Mountain Bike Festival - Mid to Late August

10 day event loaded with activities, including a variety of races, clinics, bike demos, live music, beer garden, and more.