Spring & Summer Activites

Summertime at Sorensen's Resort... Find a shady spot in a hammock under the aspens, roll out on your mountain bike, explore wildflower-filled trails, catch a trout for dinner, or jump in the swimming hole up the road. It's all here at Sorensen's this summer!


April to November, the waters of the West Fork of the Carson River, which snakes through the heart of Hope Valley, offer some of the best trout fishing in the Sierra. Sorensen's fills the needs of all levels, with fly-fishing lessons and expert guiding available for all levels. Our gift shop and store is fully outfitted with flies, bait, maps, and books. Fishing licenses are no longer available at Sorensen's. They can be purchased through the California Department of Fish and Game.


Horse Feathers Fly Fishing

Whether you’re a family looking for a fun activity or an experienced fly fisherman who wants to work on your technique, you’ll have a great time spending a day on the river with Horse Feathers Fly Fishing. Come learn the basics or improve your skills with Judy Wickwire and Tom Periano, two of the regions top fly-fishing instructors and guides. Judy has authored two books – both for sale at Sorensen’s – on fly-fishing on the west Fork Carson River, the blue-ribbon fly-fishing waterway that flows through Hope Valley. Tom’s motto is to have fun, be safe and hopefully learn something along the way. For information on this beautiful sport and class reservations or guiding, please call Judy at 530-694-2399.


There are literally thousands of miles of little-used trails within minutes of Sorensen's – or just out your door. With hundreds of acres of national forest lands and protected wilderness in any direction, the options are almost endless. Our staff will happily point you in the right direction, with maps, guides, and personal favorites. Of special note is our premier regional guide to hiking, Alpine Sierra Trailblazer, available in our store at Sorensen's Resort, $19.95.


Summer finds many of our meadows literally overflowing with flowers. We'll tell you where to find peak blooms and when. Guided wildflower walks with expert botanists are also featured during the season, check the workshops and events page for current dates. 


Mountain/road biking

For excellent and often challenging mountain biking, dirt roads access many of the region's loveliest valleys.  Road riders frequently pedal by Sorensen's.  Stop by for a copy of South Tahoe Basin Recreation Topo Map on sale at Sorensen's. 

Horseback riding

Nearby corrals offer rides in mountain, valley, and high-desert settings. Come experience the mountains the way it was done when the Pony Express rode through the region over a century ago.


Charity Valley Ranch and Historic Cowcamp

Ever seen the horses grazing out beyond Hope Valley along Blue Lakes Road? They are the handsome animals owned by Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters. Owners Jim and Karen Hagen offer their friendly trail rides, specialty rides, and unforgettable guided pack trips into this breathtaking alpine region, including the Mokelumne Wilderness. Be surrounded by outstanding beauty and abundant wildlife. Reservations in advance are required. Got your own horse? Book a stay at their private campground! More info at www.charityvalleyranch.com or call (209) 258-7433.

History treks

Learn about the historic Emigrant Trail on fascinating history hikes with local experts. A wonderful experience for all ages and hiking abilities. Check the Workshops and Events page for current dates, or bring your own group of six or more. 

White-water rafting/kayaking

The East Fork of the Carson, a short drive from Sorensen's, offers exhilarating rides through rugged, rock-walled canyons, May through July (water levels permitting). Our staff will happily make all your reservations and give directions.

Check Out the Workshops and Events Page for more things to do during your stay! 

All accommodations and resort property are non-smoking.