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Heart Of The Mother Lode
Next Ride: None Scheduled


Here’s your opportunity for a ‘two day’ adventure ride to explore some of the best back roads and fun dirt roads in the heart of the Mother Lode. This dual sport adventure ride weaves a tapestry of single lane back roads, fun dirt roads and historic sites throughout the heart of the Mother Lode. Your adventure begins in the Sierra Nevada foothills and travels curvy back roads to the historic gold discovery site where it all began in gold rush town of Coloma CA. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most significant historic sites in the nation where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848.


After visiting the gold discovery site your off-road adventure begins as you travel up and out of the American River Canyon on a historic dirt mining route. From the top of the ridge your adventure explores south on a combination of dirt roads and curvy back roads through some of the richest hard rock mining sites and historic gold rush towns in the Mother Lode. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the richest hard rock mines in the Mother Lode such as the Bunker Hill Mine and the Kennedy Mine which is one of the deepest hard rock mines in the world. After visiting the Kennedy Mine your adventure explores a twisty curvy single-lane mining road down into the Mokelumne River Canyon. After crossing the river on a unique steel trestle bridge your adventure travels past the ruins of a historic gold mine once owned by California’s first senator William Gwin. From the south side of the canyon your adventure continues on fun dirt mining roads through historic gold rush towns on some of the best twisty single-lane roads in Mother Lode. After crossing the Calaveras River your adventure travels further south to a forgotten mining town located on the eastern belt. This forgotten mining town was once a bustling gold rush town that thrived from the rich gold vein discovered in the historic Hearst Mine. This historic mine was once owned by senator George Hearst father of the famous William Randolph Hearst. After visiting this forgotten town your adventure continues on a combination of remote dirt roads and twisty single-lane back roads to the historic gold rush town of Murphy’s. You will have the opportunity to have lunch at the scenic Ironstone Winery where you will also have the opportunity to view Ironstone’s 44 pound gold nugget which is the largest crystalline gold nugget in the world.  Yes that's correct, this unique crystalline gold specimen weighs a remarkable 44 pounds with an appraised value of over $3.5 million.


After lunch at Ironstone Winery you will explore a twisty single-lane road to a remote mining camp on the Stanislaus River. From the river crossing your off-road adventure explores a narrow twisty curvy road out the canyon through a forest covered ridge. From the top of the ridge your adventure winds down a twisty curvy road once traveled by gold rush pioneers on their way to Columbia, which is one of the best preserved gold rush towns in the Mother Lode. After your visit in Columbia your adventure travels on curvy back roads to Jamestown home of the Historic Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Your night’s stay will be at the Jamestown Railtown Motel and dinner and dinks at the historic Willow Steakhouse Bar & Grill.  




The California Mother Lode, is a world famous hard-rock gold vein stretching northwest to southeast in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The California Mother Lode is a zone from 1.5 to 3.7 miles wide and 120 miles long, extending from Georgetown in El Dorado County to the north, through Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, south to Mormon Bar in Mariposa County. Shortly after the discovery of gold on the American river in 1848 the rich Mother Lode was discovered in the early 1850s, during the California Gold Rush. The Mother Lode zone contains hundreds of mines and prospects, including some of the best-known historic mines of the gold-rush era. Individual gold deposits within the Mother Lode are gold-bearing quartz veins up to 49 ft. thick and a few thousand feet long. The Mother Lode was the most productive gold-producing districts in the world during the California Gold Rush.




Day 2: After breakfast your adventure includes a visit at the Railtown 1897 State Park and its historic Sierra Railway, also known as “The Movie Railroad” due to the numerous Hollywood movies and TV shows filmed at this historic location. Movies such as High Noon, Pale Rider and Back to The Future and TV shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Petticoat Junction. After your visit at Railtown your adventure travels on fun back roads to Chinese Camp. A short distance beyond your off-road adventure explores the remote Red Hills to abandon mining camps and the remote location of the Red Hills Hollywood movie ranch, where just about every movie that appeared with an 1800’s train was filmed. After exploring off-road in the remote Red Hills your adventure will travel to the historic gold rush town of Knights Ferry, where you will have the opportunity to visit the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi. Your return route continues on a combination of dirt roads and curvy back roads to Folsom.




Multi-Day Adventure Ride – Hotel Accommodations (Hotel NOT included)  
This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium (650cc) to large (1200cc) dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with lots of gold rush history & adventure.
Ride distance 375 miles round trip (125 miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125 mile range required)


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meals NOT included)


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Heart Of The Mother Lode
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Date Selected: December 31st 1969

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Motorcycle Tours, Terms and Conditions:

Riders will be required to carry a valid U.S. or similar International drivers license with valid motorcycle license endorsement.
Riders must demonstrate solid riding ability.
Riders must be at least 21 years of age.
Helmets are required by law and must be worn by all riders.

Booking Requirements:
Tours: You will be responsible for your own motorcycle, food, gas, & lodging costs and any incidentals along the way.

Payments for the tour can be made in U.S. funds by VISA / MasterCard / AMEX / Discover. If completing the registration on-line, please remember to print and complete the waiver and bring it with you to the event. Tours require payment in full with registration.

Cancellation Policy:
Payment for the Tours is due at time of registration. There are no refunds 0-14 days before departure. If you do need to cancel, we would be happy to apply your payment to a future tour. There will be no refunds for unused services or accommodations once the tour has started. If you cancel a Tour 14 days or less prior to the tour date, there will be a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds if you cancel 72 hours or less prior to the tour, however tour fees can be applied to future tours. We rarely cancel or postpone a trip, but we reserve the right to do so when necessary: due to dangerous weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control. In the event of such an occurrence, we will refund your fees or apply them to another trip, but we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

Travel Insurance:
Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance.

Storing unneeded luggage or gear:
If you are coming in the region with more gear than you can carry on your bike, or possibly are on an extended vacation, it's commonplace to locate a place to store this extra gear. If you are renting a motorcycle, typically the rental facility will be more than happy to store your luggage or spare gear. This is also commonplace with area hotels. Arrive a day early at your local lodging facility and request they store your extra gear. They'll be happy to comply.

Meals are NOT included in the tour cost so please bring some extra money to be able to partake in the restaurant’s the group will frequent. What is commonplace on the rides is the participants all split the ticket, or simply get separate tickets.

Overnight Tours: Lodging is always pre-booked for you. However, you will be responsible for your lodging costs. Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours will reserve a block of rooms for our tour participants months in advance. Our lodging typically is in Best Western or Holiday Inn type motels that have a pool and jacuzzi, and typically are within walking distance to our dinner destination. Costs range $70-$150 per night depending on the region of California we are in.

Arriving early:
If you are arriving the day prior to the tour, refer to the tour description for a link to a local recommended lodging facility near the launch point for the tour. If you are traveling some distance to reach the launch point, arriving the night prior will ensure you're fresh and ready to ride Friday morning!

When riding in California, we highly recommend that you dress in layers, to adjust to change of weather. In addition, Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours strongly recommends you wear motorcycle specific protective gear while riding a motorcycle. Temperatures during California summers are warm, although the variety of terrain covered in your tours will experience a wide range of temperature and weather conditions.

Tour Safety:
Helmets are required by law in California and Nevada. Tour participants are responsible for any traffic violations they might incur during the tour. Alcohol or drug use during the course of the tour is not permitted under any circumstance or while riding the motorcycle. Over-consumption of alcohol during our evening stop-overs is discouraged also, though we want everyone to have a good time!

California Weather:
The weather in California is often rather predictable during the summer months, namely six months straight of sunshine. Our tour dates are chosen to take advantage of our beautiful summer days, but despite our best efforts, we cannot control the weather, so please come prepared for the possibility of spring/ fall rain showers or summer heat as we will be covering a wide range of climates from high mountain elevations, to coastal areas. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours reserves the right to make modifications to the tour at any time for any reason.

Bringing your own bike:
The majority of riders on Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours ride their own motorcycles. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours is by no means a brand specific company. We welcome all makes of motorcycles and tour participants from all walks of life. We only ask if you bring your own motorcycle to ensure you have a new, or nearly new, set of tires and have your motorcycle in excellent running condition. Please ensure your motorcycle is ready to make a week long tour or more. Also consider obtaining some type of road side service for your motorcycle prior to arriving for your tour. You also might find it convenient to trailer your motorcycle to our starting point. If you need a place to store your vehicle and trailer, we can accommodate you provided you're arriving the day before the tour date.

Shipping your own bike:
Often, shipping your bike to your tour destination will about equal the price of a rental bike- however, you'll need to be in California at least 7-9 days to break even. If you plan on riding for a month, it will be cheaper to ship your bike across the domestic United States. Shippers may also require extended shipping times. For example, here for a month? Your shipper may require 2 weeks on the front side, and 2 weeks on the backside of your trip. Motorcycles normally ship uncrated with minimal fuel and are transported business to business. Our rental facilities will be more than happy to receive your motorcycle and have it ready when you arrive. If you would feel more comfortable aboard your own motorcycle, our helpful staff is happy to aid you with this option. We have also seen shippers deliver to dealers also to add to helping you providing a commercial setting to receive your bike.

Renting a motorcycle:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours does not rent motorcycles. However, we are more than happy to aid you in your rental process. BMW's and KTM’s dual sport adventure motorcycles are readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area. To ensure you get the bike you want, reserve at least 3 months in advance. Call the rental facility of your choice direct to have them familiarize you with the rental process and costs. Riders will typically pick up the bike the day before the tour date, and arrange to drop it off the following morning at open of business to return the motorcycle. Contact us for questions about rental options.

Non-U.S. Residents:
You must have your passport with you at all times when renting or touring with us if you are not a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Flight Arrangements:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours does not, and cannot, make flight arrangements, nor is the cost of your flight or travel cost to the starting point included in the tour price.
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Heart Of The Mother Lode Ride
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