Sierra Nevada Adventures Single Day Rides

Timbuctoo and Beyond


You’ve heard tall tales to describe some unknown place far away, like “From here to Timbuctoo,” not having the remotest idea of where this place could be or if a place named Timbuctoo even existed, well Timbuctoo, does it exist? Yes, there actually is a Timbuctoo and it’s located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

This dual-sport ADVENTURE ride EXPLORES exciting back roads, historic OFF-ROAD routes, and forgotten mining towns in the Yuba River region of the Sierra Nevada Gold Country. Timbuctoo & Beyond is the perfect early spring season dual sport adventure ride with low elevation, fun dirt-roads, backroads, and unique Gold Rush history and adventure! During the early days of the California Gold Rush, a man from Timbuktu Africa was prospecting in a ravine near the Yuba River and discovered gold in the ravine which was named after the man’s hometown. Soon after his discovery of gold word got out and the miners who were prospecting along the Yuba River gathered in the ravine with hopes to strike it rich. The rich placer diggins continued to pay off so miners from all around the world began to flock to the area and a new town sprang to life. The mining town of Timbuctoo continued to grow and the placer diggins enjoyed further success making the town of Timbuctoo become the largest town in eastern Yuba County during the 1850s.

Timbuctoo enjoyed its heyday during the 1850s and the rich placer diggins allowed for the construction of permanent buildings of wood and brick which included many stores, businesses, saloons, hotels, a theater, a church, and a brick Wells Fargo office. During the 1850s Timbuctoo was a thriving mining town but as time went on the rich placer diggins suddenly came to an end when a court ruling brought an end to hydraulic mining in 1884 and the town of Timbuctoo became a ghost town lost in time. Today the crumbled ruins of the Wells Fargo Office, the scarred hillsides, and the lost dreams of the prospectors still remain to be seen and explored to the ones who seek adventure.



Single-Day Ride (20 rider max)

This dual-sport adventure ride is designed for medium (650cc+) to large (1200cc+) adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated “mild to moderate” with lots of gold rush history & adventure.
Ride distance approx.: 200 miles round trip (75 miles dirt roads)
*Gas stop (125-mile range required)


MEETING TIME: 8:45 am (ride starts at 9:00 am) 

*Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx. 5 pm)

MEETING LOCATION: Starbucks in Folsom

*Starbucks 195 Placerville Road Folsom CA 95630


MEALS: (Meals Not included)

*Bring water, snacks, and lunch



-Hampton Inn and Suites Folsom, CA 155 Placerville Rd, Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 235-7744

*If you plan on truck/trailering your bike, there's parking available at Hampton Inn & Suites

Note: additional hotels available in Folsom CA


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