Sierra Nevada Adventures Single Day Rides
Amador Gold Country
AMADOR GOLD COUNTRY:
Looking for fun creek crossings? Look no further, this is the dual sport ride you've been looking for. Amador Gold Country dual sport adventure ride explores some of the best country roads, dirt roads and historic gold mining sites in the western edge of Amador County. This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for Spring or Fall season dual sport riding because it takes advantage of some of the best low elevation Sierra Foothills that exist.
Your adventure begins on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada and before long the pavement ends and the adventure begins as you explore fun dirt roads and exciting creek crossings through groves of oaks and pine covered foothills. Further off the beaten path your adventure explores some of the riches hard-rock mines in the California Gold Country. After the placer gold rush between 1848 and the 1850's the miners began to dig deep into the earth in search of the rich gold veins locked into the quartz rock. The largest vein within the Sierra Nevada is the Mother Lode vein located between Oakhurst near Yosemite and Georgetown in El Dorado County. The 20-mile stretch from the Mokelumne River and the Consumnes River was the richest, producing over $160 million in gold between 1851 and 1942. (Current value over $3.5 billion).
The first hard-rock mines were found in Amador City in 1851, the original Minister's Claim and Spring Hill mine were the first few mines founded and soon after many other mines followed. By the 1870s & 1880s, Amador County had over 300 hard-rock mines in operation with some mine shafts over a mile deep into the earth. The Amador Gold Country dual sport adventure ride explores the ruins of many of these hard-rock mines such as the Bunker Hill Mine, Fremont Mine and the Treasure Mine. The historic dirt mining roads within the dual sport adventure ride will also take you through Michigan Bar, Amador City, Sutter Creek, and Drytown, which is the oldest town in Amador County. Mining for gold began in Drytown in the spring of 1848 when miners discovered gold in the rich gravels along Dry Creek. Although the creek may have run dry during the summer months, legend has it the town never did, as an old story claims some twenty-six saloons wet the miners thirst during the 1850s and today the only wet spot in Drytown is the road-side Drytown Club.
This dual sport ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure motorcycles.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with lots of gold rush history & adventure.
Ride distance: 200+ miles round trip (55+ miles dirt roads)
One gas stop (125 mile range required)
Bring water & snacks
Lunch at the Volcano Cafe (lunch NOT included)
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