LOST SIERRA ADVENTURE:
You’ve heard all about the Sierra Nevada “stars” like Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park. But do you know about the “Lost” Sierra? If not, you’re not alone...
If you’ve dreamed of exploring remote dirt wagon routes, wild scenic river canyons with historic bridge crossings to ghost towns nestled in remote mountains, then the Lost Sierra Adventure will answer your wildest dreams. This alpine wonderland of majestic peaks, wild scenic rivers and historic gold rush towns, nicknamed the Lost Sierra is all about ADVENTURE...
The Lost Sierra located in the remote Northern Sierra Nevada was once a thriving area during the California Gold Rush. This prosperous location had a number of mining camps with colorful names, such as Whiskey Diggin’s, Brandy City, Poverty Hill, Poker Flat, Forest City, and Goodyears Bar. Many of these camps disappeared after the gold rush becoming ghost towns of the past. Your adventure will explore the historic Henness Pass wagon route located in the Lost Sierra. Henness Pass was once a major immigrant trail from the northern mines to Virginia City. This historic wagon route is a long scenic trail that passes a number of historic sites through a variety of scenery with panoramic views of the Lost Sierra. This dual sport adventure ride provides the perfect mix of dirt wagon routes and historic ghost towns full of adventure!
You will have the opportunity to stay one night in the historic Downieville located in the heart of the Lost Sierra. You will dine at the historic St Charles Place which has served patrons with great food and spirits since the California Gold Rush. Housed in the historic Craycroft building that dates to 1853, the historic St. Charles Place has been a Downieville landmark for decades. The town's only full service bar, it is a historic watering hole that caters to locals and visitors alike. Whether sitting at the bar enjoying a drink, playing pool, or sitting on the back deck with its Downie River view, the St. Charles is a local institution.
Downieville was founded in late 1849 during the California Gold Rush, in the Northern Mines area. It was first known as "The Forks" for its geographical location at the confluence of the Downieville River and North Fork of the Yuba River. Downieville was soon renamed after Major William Downie, the town's founder. Downie was a Scotsman who had led an expedition of nine miners, seven of them African American men, up the North Fork of the Yuba River in the Autumn of 1849. At the present site of the town they struck rich gold, built a log cabin, and settled in to wait out the winter. By 1850, Downieville already had 15 hotels, 4 bakeries, 4 butcher shops, and numerous saloons. Downieville is the location of the first hanging of a woman in California. Josefa Segovia, a young and pregnant California resident of the town, was lynched by a mob on July 5, 1851. The lynch mob held a mock trial, and accused her of killing an American miner that had harassed and attempted to assault her for several days. The mock trial quickly led to hanging her from the Jersey Bridge in town. Josefa Segovia remains the only pregnant women hanged in the history of California.
Lost Sierra Adventure:
Multi-Day Ride: (20 rider max)
One Night in Downieville CA.
Riders are responsible to book their hotel reservations at,
*Riverside Inn in Downieville (530) 289-1000 or
*Downieville River Inn (530) 289-3308 or
*Herrington's Sierra Pines (530) 862-1151
Don’t forget to mention you’re with SNA
(Hotel Not included)
Note: Hotel accommodation are limited in the small mountain town of Downieville so, book your hotel reservations soon. Make sure to mention you’re with Sierra Nevada Adventures.
This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium (650cc) to large (1200cc) dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain rated "mild to moderate" with some "challenging" and lots of adventure.
Ride distance 350+ miles round trip (75+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125 mile range required)
Day 1 bring water & picnic lunch
Breakfast & Dinner at restaurants (Meals Not included)
Meet Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Starbucks Folsom
Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx 5pm Sunday)
Camping optional, near Downieville CA.
Riders that choose to camp are recommended to make camping reservations at Cannon Point Campground approx. 2 miles west of DownieVille CA.
(Camping Fees Not included)
More details listed under "Book this Ride"
Questions email: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com