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Henness Pass
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Here's your opportunity to explore a spectacular Gold Rush wagon pass located in a remote northern section of the Sierra Nevada. Henness Pass is a spectacular east-west wagon pass named after Patrick Henness, who along with his partner Jackson discovered this route during the Gold Rush-era of 1849 or 1850. Henness Pass today is a scenic historical unpaved Sierra Nevada Pass in a remote northern section in the Tahoe National Forest. Those who venture over this historic wagon pass will explore historic sites and experience spectacular mountain scenery and adventure.

 

Your adventure begins in the Gold Rush town of Grass Valley and ventures north/east on Hwy 49 to the historic Oregon Creek Covered Bridge also known as the 'Backwards' Covered Bridge. This covered bridge has a long history dating back to its construction in 1860 but its most interesting history dates back to the flood of 1883 when the bridge was carried off its foundation by flood waters and floated several hundred feet downstream. After the flood the bridge was carried back to its foundation by the use of ox and log rollers, but the bridge was turned end for end during the process making it forever the 'Backwards' Covered bridge. After your visit at the 'Backwards' Covered Bridge your adventure ride travels east on a curvy mountain road to the abandon main street of Forest City (also known as Forest). Located on a tributary of Oregon Creek, the town of Forest City was first settled in 1852 and given the name Brownsville, which was changed to Elizaville and then in 1854 Forest City. In 1852 a group of prospectors located gold-bearing gravel near the town-site in an ancient river channel that was covered by a volcanic mudflow. As a result, these claims were exceedingly rich and accessible and a town developed rapidly. 

 

The town prospered and reported that all the companies in the district were doing quite well. Some miners earned $100 per week and some claims sold for 1 to 4 thousand dollars. In 1854 a lump of gold was discovered weighing 42 ounces! During it's heyday the once booming town of Forest City had populations that swelled into thousands but today, the town only has a few residents and the Main Street is a ghost town with many old abandon buildings dating back to the Gold Rush-era. A short distance from Forest City the pavement ends and your off-road adventure begins through some of the most scenic views in the Northern Sierra Nevada. The remote Henness Pass dirt road and the completely different dirt road return route is rated 'mild' to 'moderate' making it the perfect mix for medium to large dual sport adventure motorcycles.

 

After the Donner Party disaster of 1846, emigrants avoided the rugged granite cliffs above Truckee (later Donner) Lake and turned northward taking the longer but easier Henness Pass. In 1852 the wagon pass was improved in an attempt to draw overland emigrants to the Gold Rush towns in the Yuba and Nevada counties. With the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859 at Virginia City Nevada, Henness Pass became the wagon route between Marysville and Virginia City. Declining mine production and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 over Donner Pass reduced use to local traffic and eventually abandoned this historic route.

 

Single-Day Ride

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated 'mild to moderate' with some challenging and lots of gold rush history and adventure.
Ride distance: 225 miles round trip (75+ miles dirt roads)
One gas stop (125 mile range required)
Bring water & picnic lunch (you can also pick up a deli lunch at first gas stop)

*more details listed under "Book this Ride"

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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:
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.

Lodging:
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!

Gear:
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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