Up the road past Arnold is Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway provides wonderful views, for road information check the traffic section HWY 4. Our Map of Hathaway Pines.
In White Pines (near Arnold) you will find the new Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
“The citizens who live here appreciate the natural beauty of the mountains, forest and streams. The overwhelming response was to honor the open space and environmental quality of the community while providing for the needs of the citizens.” -Avery/Hathaway Pines Community Plan – April 1999
Avery, Hathaway Pines and Sheep Ranch History
Seasonally inhabited by both the Miwok and Washoe tribes, the area still retains evidence of their presence. Bedrock mortars, or grinding rocks can be found in many places throughout the area. Many people recall Native American groups living or camping here as late as 1940. For other rock formations, minerals, and gold finds in the area looks at the rock hounding page in the recreation guide.
Moran Road was the original “highway” through Hathaway Pines; Highway 4 was constructed in the 1920s.
Logging has been a prevalent industry in the Avery Hathaway Pines area since about 1885 when Nathan and John McKay arrived from Nova Scotia and found a homestead for sale on Love Creek. They started the Clipper Mill and their land proved to have one of the heaviest stands of sugar pine in the region, producing over fifteen million board feet of lumber. The McKays built a railroad to haul the logs, measuring up to eleven feet in girth, from the woods to the mill. The old traction engine, named Jenny, stayed in the woods near Love Creek for many years after the mill closed; eventually it was moved to the Museum in Angels Camp.
Clarence McKay sold the major part of his family’s holdings in the 1970s, stipulating that the minimum parcel size be ten acres in order to discourage subdivision development in the Love Creek area. Clarence always loved and appreciated the land on Love Creek and placed more than monetary value on it’s preservation. Adapted from the Avery-Hathaway Pines Community Plan – April 1999.
Hathaway Pines Zip Code:95233
US Post Office –
5234-A Highway 4