Twain Harte is located about 20 or so minutes east of Sonora two miles off of Highway 108. This is a nice place to stop for either lunch or a relaxing break on your way to Sonora Pass as there are a surprising number of small restaurants in and around the ‘center’ of town.
In the mood for mini golf? A seasonable miniature golf course is located near the center of town. Very family friendly.
The feel here is different then some of the lower elevation historic mining towns. Twain Harte is above some of the lowland foothill vegetation at approximately 3,700 feet and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees.
Twain Harte is the home of numerous summer vacation cabins. Many people come up here from the San Jose Bay Area for summertime relaxing or winter time skiing at Dodge Ridge. Twain Harte Lake is fairly small but offers a long sandy beach and plenty of swimming (diving platforms are located just off shore). A short walk will lead you out to The Rock – a sizable granite dome which anchors the west part of the lake.
At one point a jungle gym this author used to play on in San Jose, CA while growing up was moved to the sandy shores of Twaine Harte Lake. During our latest visit we did not see it.
For more information, visit the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce: www.twainhartecc.com