Sierra Nevada Adventures Single Day Rides

Kit Carson Adventure


Here's your opportunity to explore in the footsteps of the legendary American Frontiersman Kit Carson who guided the Fremont Expedition over the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

This dual sport adventure ride begins on the edge of the foothills on the western side of the Sierra Nevada then travels on a combination of back roads and remote dirt roads to the scenic Alpine County location in the heart Sierra Nevada. After exploring the western side of the Sierra you will cross possibly the most historic pass in the Sierra Nevada. After crossing this historic pass you will explore pioneer wagon routes including an abandon gold mine and miners cabin from the 1800's. You will also explore remote dirt wagon routes to crystal clear alpine lakes near tree-line with spectacular panoramic views of the High Sierra.

The historic Carson Pass was crossed by Frémont's Expedition during the winter of 1844 and lead by the famous mountain man known as Kit Carson. John C. Frémont named the "Carson River" during their expedition after his hunter, scout, guide, and friend Kit Carson. And Kit Carson did leave his blaze on a tree near the top of the pass. But it was not called "Carson Pass" by Frémont or Carson or anyone until by later gold seekers following the "Carson River Route." The gold seekers were following the tracks of the Mormon Battalion's 1848 exit from California on their way to Salt Lake. The Mormons had sought out the pass because they knew Frémont had crossed in the vicinity in 1844. Except for the actual Pass itself, the two routes were quite different.

The 1844 Fremont Expedition turned south from northern Nevada, when encamped at Nevada's Carson Valley on January 31, 1844; guide Kit Carson suggested the expedition detour west during the winter conditions to Sutter's Fort in California for supplies. Local Washoe Indians told them of a route through the mountains, but warned them not to proceed through the snow. Frémont duly ignored the advice and directed the group westward. The Washoe were right in that they would not be able to find food or game, and they ended up resorting to eating dog, horse, and mule just to survive. On February 14, Frémont and his cartographer Charles Preuss climbed to the summit of Red Lake Peak and became the first recorded white men to see Lake Tahoe in the distance. On February 21, the expedition made it through the now-named Carson pass west of Red Lake and arrived at Sutter's Fort on March 6th with no fatalities.


Single-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 "moderate to challenging" with lots of adventure.
Ride distance 200+ miles round trip (60 miles dirt roads)
One gas stop (125 mile range required)

Bring water & lunch

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

MEETING LOCATION: Starbucks Folsom

195 Placerville Road Folsom CA. 95630

Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx 5pm)

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