Twain Harte Real Estate & Upper 108 History

Real estate in the Twain Harte area is comprised of primary homes and second vacation homes and cabins.

Downtown Twain Harte during summer

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty has a prominent office located at the famed “Arch” in Twain Harte.  Named after Mark Twain and Bret Harte, two writers who eloquently wrote of Mother Lode days in California, this resort community prides itself in being the “Gateway to the High Sierra”.

Twain Harte real estate is the dream of many who want  clean mountain living and boasts local fishing in its nearby streams & many small lakes. Festivals throughout the year and summer movies and Concerts in the Pines are a major attraction for locals and tourists. Visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery of higher elevations and many present-day recreational opportunities in the wilderness areas to the east, while remembering the frontier past.

Upper Highway 108 Tuolumne County communities of Strawberry CA, Cold Springs, Long Barn, Mi Wuk Village, Sugar Pine, Crystal Falls, Cedar Ridge and Pinecrest offer mountain living at its finest.  Whether buying or selling, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty agents have extensive knowledge of Twain Harte and other areas and can answer any questions you may have.

Sugar Pine

Once a stage coach stop, Sugar Pine is found among the pines and cedars 4,500 feet above sea level on Highway 108.

Visitors can rent a lodge for a winter getaway and be at Dodge Ridge for skiing in no time. During the summer, it’s a great place to stay for quick access to parks, lakes and other activities. Today, you will find restaurants, service stations, a grocery store, overnight lodging including an RV park and other businesses along the highway, making it a good stopping place heading toward Sonora Pass and a good destination in itself.

There also is a residential area tucked into the forest and several rural subdivisions nearby. In Tuolumne County’s early days, Sugar Pine was one of the more important stops along Sonora-Mono Road, which started at the southeastern edge of Sonora and ran to Bridgeport on the other side of the Sierra Nevada range.

Mi-Wuk Village

Mi-Wuk Village was one of the first major subdivisions in the Sierra Nevada, opening an era that resulted in thousands of homes tucked under the evergreens on the edge of the Stanislaus National Forest.

Mi-Wuk Village is 4,600 feet above sea level, with restaurants, overnight lodging and other businesses along Highway 108. Before 1900, most of the land was on the Ward Pike Ranch, the next stop after Sugar Pine on the old Mono Road for travelers heading east.

Sierra Village

Once called “The Flat”, Sierra Village, just east of Mi-Wuk Village, is now a small, but thriving community at 4,680 feet above sea level on Highway 108.

Sierra Village is a natural stop on the way to the high country. The town was named when Leo and Betty Ann Rice moved to a flat on the Sonora Pass road in 1956, bought a house and small motel and named them Sierra Village Motel and Liquor Store, with a small shopping area and a good-sized residential area.

Long Barn

Long Barn got its name from a long barn built during the 1800’s to house oxen, mules and horses used to cross the Sonora Pass between the gold mining towns of Bodie and Sonora.

According to an account of Long Barn by Chet Bentley, whose father drove freight between the two towns, the barn could hold 70 animals on each side with enough room at the end for grain storage and a bunk room. Two subdivisions were developed in Long Barn in 1925, and rancher Warren Beal built the precursor of Long Barn Lodge so people driving across the mountain could stop for food and lodging. Today the lodge consists of a ice skating rink, rooms, cottages and a swimming pool.


Up to 6,000 vacationers flood Pinecrest on summer weekends, but during the winter, only about 25 hardy souls live there. That doesn’t mean Pinecrest dies in the winter.

In fact, thousands of snowboarders and downhill and cross country skiers make the drive up Highway 108 to Pinecrest each winter weekend, where the big draw is Dodge Ridge Ski Area, about a mile away. In addition to having eight lifts, a top-notch ski school and a race team program, Dodge Ridge hosts several snowboard and skiing competitions throughout the winter. Pinecrest is in the Stanislaus National Forest.

The lake, at 5,623 feet, officially called Strawberry Reservoir, is commonly called Pinecrest Lake. It’s owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. When full during the summer, swimming, sailing, fishing and boating are popular. Pinecrest consists of 900 acres, including the lake, residences, group camps and campgrounds. Pinecrest Lake Resort has a store, the community’s post office, sports shop, restaurant, bike rental shop, two tennis courts, a small motel, cabins, townhouses, summer snack bar, service station, marina and even a branch of the Tuolumne County library.

Further up scenic Highway 108 lies an outdoor sportsman’s paradise.  Rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and biking opportunities abound.  The Emigrant Wilderness Area trailhead starts at Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station.

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