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Yosemite Adventure
Next Ride: April 27th - 28th 2019
Open Spots: 4
Cost: $225.00 (Member cost: $200.00) Login or Sign Up
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Here’s your opportunity to explore the forgotten Coulterville Yosemite Toll Road from the 1800’s. Today this scenic dirt wagon route appears much as it did back in its heyday when local prospectors gave up on mining gold in favor of mining tourism.


Your adventure begins in the historic California Gold Country, where you will explore a combination of curvy back roads and scenic dirt roads that extend beyond the horizon. You will have the opportunity to experience the best time of year to travel through the foothills on your way to Yosemite. There’s no better time of year then Spring to explore the back roads and dirt roads in the Mother Lode region. The foothills are alive with color in the Spring with beautiful wildflower blooms, cascading creeks and rolling hills of green grass.


Your adventure travels to the small town of Coulterville, where the entire town is a historic landmark consisting of 42 buildings dating back to the California Gold Rush. Coulterville was established in 1849 by George Coulter who constructed a small store to sell supplies to the prospectors in search of gold in the surrounding area. During its heyday, Coulterville was a major gold mining and supply town with 25 saloons, 10 hotels and boasting to have the “crookedest railroad in the world.” The original “Whistling Billy” locomotive now stands under the local hangman’s tree next to the museum in town. In the late 1800’s, Coulterville became a popular stop over for Yosemite bound tourists after the Coulterville Yosemite Toll Road was completed.


The historic Coulterville Yosemite Toll Road was the first wagon route into Yosemite Valley which opened in 1874 as a toll road for tourist to visit the majestic Yosemite Valley. During this time, a trip from San Francisco took several days to reach Yosemite Valley so, a stopover in Coulterville became a must stop since it was the last town on the route.


Beyond Coulterville, your off-road adventure begins as you explore the historic Coulterville Yosemite Toll Road. As you travel east, you soon leave the signs of civilization behind as you venture into the forest. Many miles beyond town you will find yourself at a small clearing in the forest just beyond a stream crossing where the tourist of the 1800’s would have their last stopover before venturing into the wilderness. At this location, stood the once famous Bower Cave Hotel which was a prime tourist stop for travelers from around the world including John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt. If you’ve ever read John Muir’s writings about his summers spent in the Sierra and the wonderful adventures he had, then you’re probably familiar with the name Bower Cave. This natural cavern was once inhabited by native American Mi-Wuk Indians, then discovered by gold miners in 1856, then rediscovered in the late 1800’s by the hotel owners and tourist on their long journey to Yosemite. The owners of the Hotel had discovered the acoustics of the cave were excellent, so they constructed a bandstand, dance floor and a wooden stairway into the cave to provide music for their guest. Bower Cave soon became a must stop for tourist during this time and became well known for its unique musical entertainment which was held inside Bower Cave.


Your off-road adventure continues as you explore beyond Bower Cave and into the wilderness were the early day tourist of the 1800’s traveled by horse and carriage to experience the majestic Yosemite Valley. You can’t help but wonder the struggles these early tourists endured as you explore deeper into the forest with every twist of the throttle. Before long you make your way up the ridge overlooking the mighty Merced River Canyon which provide long distance views of the snowcapped High Sierra. After exploring the historic Coulterville Yosemite Toll Road, you will have the opportunity to venture into Yosemite Valley where you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular granite cliffs and waterfalls imaginable. Just around the corner your first sight of the majestic valley comes into view as Half Dome seems to suddenly jump out of nowhere. From this point it’s difficult to keep your eyes on the road due to spectacular scenery in all directions. If you’ve never been to Yosemite in April, you’re in for a treat as the waterfalls are in full glory and the thundering sounds of waterfalls echo off the granite walls. After spending some time in the valley floor visiting some of the world’s tallest waterfalls you will have the opportunity to stay the night just outside the park in the Yosemite Westgate Lodge.


Your second day adventure explores the scenic Tuolumne River Canyon on your way to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir which is hidden in Yosemite National Park’s peaceful northwest corner. Hetch Hetchy was once a spectacular glacier carved valley, with towering cliffs and waterfalls cascading onto a serene valley floor. Pioneer conservationist John Muir called it a "remarkably exact counterpart" to the now world-famous Yosemite Valley and one of earth’s most beautiful places. Due to its glacier carved U-shape, Hetch Hetchy was one of the more hospitable locations in California's rugged Sierra Nevada. Native Americans are thought to have inhabited the valley year-round. The name "Hetch Hetchy" is derived from the Mi-Wok word “hetchetci”, describing seeds from a prominent grass growing in the valley and from which a mush was made. When Yosemite National Park was created in 1890, Hetch Hetchy Valley was to be protected "in perpetuity". But in 1913, United States allowed, for the only time in our history, a single city to appropriate one of our national parks for its own exclusive use. When President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act on December 19, 1913, he permitted San Francisco to build a dam in Yosemite National Park’s spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley. Today, most of the park’s 4 million annual visitors go to the spectacular Yosemite Valley, unaware that the similar Hetch Hetchy Valley to the north even exist.


Although John Muir was unsuccessful in preventing the construction of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, his rigorous campaign resulted in the creation of an international environmental conservation movement. As he explained to a distraught friend, “The long drawn out battle work for Nature’s gardens has not been thrown away. The conscience of the whole country has been aroused from sleep; and from outrageous evil compensating good in some form must surely come.” Muir was right. Only three years later, public outrage over the seizure of Hetch Hetchy Valley caused Congress to pass the National Park Service Act. This act ensured that our parks would be preserved and managed for the enjoyment of all Americans. So, in many ways, the desecration of Yosemite also inspired our nation’s conservation movement and no such intrusions in our parks have been allowed since.


Beyond Hetch Hetchy your adventure continues to explore deeper into the Tuolumne River Canyon on a steep twisty curvy narrow road to a small bridge crossing down stream of Hetch Hetchy. From the bottom of the canyon, the narrow road continues its twisty curvy route up the north side of the canyon to a beautiful mountain lake surrounded by coniferous forest. Beyond the beautiful mountain lake your adventure explores possibly the most remote paved road to or from Yosemite National Park.


Ride Details:

Multi-Day Ride (20 rider max)

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with lots of adventure.

Ride distance 475+ miles (75+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (135-mile range required)

Pack water & lunch for day 1
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (Not included)


Date: April 27th, 28th 2019

Meet Time: 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Starbucks Folsom CA.

195 Placerville Road, Folsom CA 95630

Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx. 5pm)


Hotels recommended for Saturday Night:

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations. (Not included)

-Yosemite Westgate Lodge, 7633 CA-120, Groveland CA 95321 (209) 962-5281

-Buck Meadow Lodge 7649 CA-120, Groveland CA 95321 (209) 962-5281

Additional Hotels 10 miles west in Groveland CA.


Note: Riders have the 'option' to 'Camp" near Buck Meadow.

Riders that choose to camp are recommended to make camping reservations in advance.

(Camping fees Not included)


Park Fee $30 per motorcycle (Not included) 


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Dates Selected: April 27th - 28th 2019

Cost: $225.00Open Spots: 4Ride Days: 2
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 195 Placerville Road , Folsom , CA 95630
Additional Info: One night Hotel (Not Included) Camping optional. Please have a full tank of gas and be ready to ride! Pack water & snacks / meals at restaurants (meals NOT included) Note:Check ride details within ride article for more details. Questions:
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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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Yosemite Adventure Ride
Total: $225.00
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