Sierra County Visitors Guide 2010–2011 The road less traveled… Highway 49 in Sierra County is one of the most scenic and historically rich sections of this beautiful highway. The National Forest Service has a brochure for a driving tour called 49 Miles Long Highway 49 which is available for free in most businesses in Sierra County, the Kentucky Mine Museum or any Tahoe National Forest office (Sierraville District 530-994-3401 or Downieville District 530-288-3231). The tour takes you to stops in quaint, small towns, historic mining areas, along one of the most beautiful rivers of Northern California, and shows you some of the rich history contained within the hills and mountains of rural California. 49 Miles Along Highway 49 a historic driving tour There are 12 stops total described in the driving tour, 10 of them in Sierra County, and they are, starting from the southern end: » Jouberts Diggings » Loganville » Indian Valley » Sierra City » Indian Rock Picnic Area » Kentucky Mine and Museum » Goodyears Bar » Bassetts Station » Downieville » Yuba Pass Many of the stops are located at or near archaeological sites within the Tahoe National Forest, and are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other federal laws. Removal of artifacts or damaging, defacing, or destroying any parts of these sites and their features is a felony. Travel Tips Please be sure to plan your trip before embarking. Take your time, visit all or just part of the stops. You may want to make overnight accommodations. Food and lodging is available in Downieville and Sierra City, or you may want to stay in one of the many campgrounds found on or nearby the route. Another choice is to drive the tour all in one day, going to or coming from other nearby recreation areas. Front, Back & Inside Cover photos by: Mary Davey, Bryan Davey, Darby Hayes & Tom Edgman Contents Welcome to Sierra County Historical Perspective ............................. 2–3 Pliocene Ridge ........................................... 4 Sierra County is located in the heart of the northern section of the Sierra Nevada. It River Canyon ........................................... 5-7 remains today much as it was over 100 years ago when the gold-seeking argonauts Sierra Buttes ........................................... 8–9 worked the rivers and mountains in search of their fortune in gold. The rivers run Lakes Basin Recreation Area ................. 9-11 free and the forests and meadows wrap their beauty around mountains that defy Sierra Valley ........................................ 11–13 Sierra County Map ............................. 14–15 contemporary development. It is beautiful in all seasons. Lodging .............................................. 16–17 Dining, Shopping, etc. ....................... 18–21 Sierra County has year-round recreation for every visitor, and scenery that sparkles What do you think?. ................................. 22 with each new season. Shopping and dining can be enjoyed in historic settings. Online Resources. .................................... 22 Amenities range from primitive campgrounds to lodging in comfortable historic Sierra County Neighbors.......................... 23 buildings with modern conveniences, all surrounded by the rugged beauty of Sierra County Geology. ............................ 23 mountain forests, lakes, and rivers. Camping & Picnicking .............................. 24 Lodging Matrix ......................................... 31 For all its wilderness and pristine beauty, Sierra County is easily accessible year Trails Matrix .............................................. 32 round. All major highways into the county are regularly maintained and plowed Calendar of Events ....................Inside cover during periods of snowfall. These beautiful mountain highways wander through some of the finest winter recreation sites in California. Mileage Chart Reno to Loyalton ..................................... 42 miles Fishing, hiking, and camping are available for all levels of interest and ability. (Hwy 395, Hwy 70, Hwy 49) Much of Sierra County is located within the Tahoe National Forest so that residents Reno to Sierraville ................................... 60 miles (Hwy I-80, Hwy 89) and visitors alike benefit from the campgrounds, picnic areas, and historic sites. Reno to Sierra City .................................. 79 miles (Hwy 395, Hwy 70, Hwy 49) If scenery inspires you, bring your camera. Each season has its own character of Sacramento to Downieville ......................... 99 miles beauty that can be captured in photographs. Spring melts the tapestry of a winter (I-80, Hwy 49) blanket, then gracefully captures the fields and rock crevices with a rainbow of Sacramento to Sierra City ....................... 107 miles color. Golds, reds, and yellows of fall adorn the alpine forests, river canyons, (I-80, Hwy 49) valleys, and mountain peaks. Nevada City to Downieville..................... 44 miles (Hwy 49) Nevada City to Sierra City....................... 56 miles Sierra County is rich with beauty, natural resources and friendly people, but it has (Hwy 49) even more to offer. The Washoe and Maidu Indians, early gold miners, loggers, Loyalton to Downieville ........................... 49 miles and ranchers left us with a priceless possession — a window to the past. Historic (Hwy 49) buildings and landscapes provide a rare and unique look into American history Truckee to Sierraville ............................... 30 miles (Hwy 89) as they span over time and into the present. When you visit, be prepared to take a Truckee to Sierra City .............................. 49 miles step back, feel the adventure, sense the struggle, and experience the excitement of (Hwy 89, Hwy 49) gold fever. Imagine the human spirit as it struggled through this rugged country Downieville to Sierra City ........................ 12 miles by foot or on horseback. You can almost hear the sound of creaking wheels and (Hwy 70, Hwy 89) braying mules. Stop, listen, look. Quincy to Calpine ................................... 49 miles (Hwy 70, Hwy 89) San Francisco to Sierra City .................. 202 miles It’s all here. (I-80, Hwy 49) TO QUINCY From Truckee take Hwy 89 north to Hwy 49 south. From the Bay Area take Interstate 80 east to Auburn then Hwy 49 north through Grass Valley. LOYALTON SIERRAVILLE TO Highways 49 & 89 are open all year even when SIERRA CITY RENO interstates are closed due to snow conditions. DOWNIEVILLE Call Caltrans at 1-800-427-7623 for current road conditions. While exploring Sierra County, if you want to travel on unpaved roads, it is recommended that you drive a high clearance vehicle. TO GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY TRUCKEE TO SACRAMENTO Produced by the POPULATION Sierra County Chamber of Commerce 1850 1860 1997 2000 2002 800-200-4949 3,741 7,340 3,360 3,584 3,557 www.sierracounty.org Sierra County Downieville Parade, circa 1880s Butte Saddle Mill John Bassett 1908 Sierra County is divided by the Pacific Crest at the midpoint, with the western side of the county made up of steep canyons and forested ridges. The county was home to both Maidu and Washoe Indians, but its modern history ALLEGHANY is tied to the California gold rush. The discovery of gold, FOREST CITY and subsequent gold rush, resulted in some 16,000 miners PIKE settling within the county between 1848 and 1860. GOODYEARS BAR Dozens of communities with colorful names such as DOWNIEVILLE Brandy City, Poker Flat, Poverty Hill, and Whiskey SIERRA CITY Diggins, were settled and thrived for a period. As the gold rush waned, Sierra County’s population slowly diminished to its present 3,263. The most visible relic of the history of those years is the 1885 Sheriff’s Gallows that remain standing adjacent to The West Side 2 Est. 1852 y Loyalton Baseball T Practicing for the Sierra Count eam Logging Operation near Fair rodeo in Loyalton 1960 1902 Champions Loyalton, 1906. the County courthouse. Built for the specific execution of a young murderer, James O’Neill, the structure was used only once. CALPINE SATTLEY The eastern side of the Pacific crest also has deep canyons SIERRAVILLE and timberland, and, in addition, opens out to the great Sierra Valley, the largest valley in the Sierra Nevada Range. LOYALTON During the gold rush, communities in the eastern side of the county, with agriculture as their base, developed to provide commodities to the growing gold camps. A number of century-old ranches still continue the tradition of cattle ranching in the Sierra Valley. Loyalton, the county’s only incorporated city, today has about a thousand residents. The East Side 3 The rugged Sierra Nevada is paramount in the mountains foothills where the snow wasn’t too deep during the winter. and canyons of Sierra County. The rivers, lakes and forests But, in the spring they moved up high into the Sierra to gather combined provide recreational opportunities and scenic roots and berries, hunt and fish throughout the summer. As beauty all year long. the Europeans began exploring the area and discovered gold, emigration from around the world brought a new cultural era To help you explore all that Sierra County has to offer, we have to the region. Mining camps and towns sprang up in Sierra split this visitors guide up in sections, grouping areas of the County with each gold discovery. Many of these towns have county into five distinct regions. since disappeared and been reclaimed by the forest, but some still exist today. On the Pliocene Ridge, Alleghany, and Forest City remain as windows to our past. LAKES BASIN Alleghany developed into a town from the consolidation RIVER CANYON SIERRA VALLEY of several mining locations of the early 1850s. There were SIERRA BUTTES hydraulic mining operations here as well as drift tunnels that DOWNIEVILLE cut into the mountain’s ancient river beds. The still-working PLIOCENE RIDGE Original Sixteen to One gold mine is located in Alleghany. Forest City was established in 1852 and within two years had The Pliocene Ridge runs west-east along the southern end a population of over 1,000. The exceedingly rich and easily of the county, straddling a ridge where the Henness Pass accessible claims continued to pay until the 1860s when much Road runs at an elevation around 5,000 feet. The River of the gold was worked out of the gravel deposits. Like most Canyon is the western middle part of the county, the area early settlements, fires ravaged the town during its early years, from where Highway 49 crosses the North Yuba river and but there are still many historic buildings and sites to see. starts running parallel to the river past Goodyears Bar and through Downieville all at around 2000–3,000 ft. As the Cultural attraCtions highway climbs in elevation up the North Yuba River Canyon, MUseUMs: The Underground Gold Miners Museum offers tours you come into the Sierra Buttes area, where Loganville and of the famous Original Sixteen to One Mine which has been Sierra City sit at the foot of the Buttes at about 4,200 ft. The in operation for over 100 years. Tours are by reservation only Buttes themselves are almost 8,600 ft. At Bassetts, Highway 530-287-3330 or visit www.origsix.com. Gold, specimen, and 49 meets the Gold Lake Highway which meanders around the jewelry sales are offered by the Original Sixteen to One by Buttes delivering visitors to the Lake Basin recreation area, appointment only, weekdays. 530-287-3540. where over 45 alpine lakes provide year-round recreation and scenic beauty. If you continue on Highway 49 over the Yuba The tiny town of Forest City is its own museum. Most Pass, at 6,702 ft., you drop into the majestic Sierra Valley, at buildings date from the 1800s. Old buildings are being approximately 5,000 ft. the largest sub-alpine Valley in renovated. To arrange a tour of the museum, call 530-287- the United States, famous for its history of ranching, and 3413. There is a self-guided walking tour brochure available amazing wetlands—a stop over for thousands of migratory that detail the town’s history and sites. Pick up your copy at birds each season. the mail box in front of the Forest City Dance Hall. Pliocene Ridge The Middle Yuba River forms the south-western border of Sierra County. This remote stretch of river winds through several box canyons and is rich in mining history. The Pliocene Ridge Road off Highway 49 near Camptonville takes you up to the ridge above this river, where the towns of Pike, Alleghany and Forest are nestled in the forest along the Pliocene Ridge. History Photo by rae Bell The Maidu and Washoe Indians are the first known residents of the Sierra Nevada. Their permanent homes were in the Original SiXTEEn TO OnE MinE gaTE 4 on tHe trail HIkINg, bIkINg ANd bAckPAckINg: Most of the country around the towns in this area is quite rugged and undeveloped with few groomed trails. But the historic Henness Pass Road provides for both 4-wheel driving, biking and hiking for the adventurous. Photo by mary Davey Off-ROAd VeHIcLes: The Lafayette Ridge OHV Trail near Alleghany leads adventurers through heavy brush that gradually opens up to a panoramic view of the Middle Yuba DOwniEvillE gOlD ruSh DayS River. Many of the off-road vehicle trails in the area were once the trails of miners, traders, and mule teams. You can feed in the vicinity. If you’re lucky you can spot river otter drive Henness Pass Road from Camptonville to Verdi. It links by the Downie or North Yuba rivers as they flow through the southern part of the county together from east to west Downieville. The Empire Creek Trail near Downieville and has historical sites along the way. The Forest Service has passes through large areas of older forests inhabited by a map of the area titled From Gold to Silver—The Comstock pileated woodpeckers, northern goshawks, pine marten, and Connection, a Historic Driving tour of the Henness Pass Road. California spotted owl. In the spring, the Downieville deer 4-wheel drive, a detailed map, compass and dedicated map herd moves to the higher elevations to fawn. Black bears, reader is strongly recommended. foxes, and raccoons are also present but not so visible. summer Fun History fIsHINg ANd swIMMINg: Rivers and streams provide The Maidu and Washoe Indians are the first known residents exceptional fishing and swimming. The Lafayette Ridge OHV of the Sierra Nevada. In the summers, they came into the Trail ends near Kanaka Creek and the Middle Yuba River mountains to hunt and fish. During the fall and winter, they where stream fishing is at its best. returned to the foothills and valley below. When gold was discovered, emigration from around the world brought a new cultural era to the region. Mining camps and towns sprang River Canyon up in Sierra County with each gold discovery. Some towns are memories, but many still exist today. Downieville, and The river canyon is the area where Highway 49 parallels the Goodyears Bar remain as windows to our past. North Yuba River from the bridge just west of Indian Valley, past Goodyears Bar and into Downieville. The canyon walls Downieville, the county seat of Sierra County, is located and forested hillsides provides a dramatic backdrop to the on Highway 49 at the fork of the North Yuba and Downie river and its many seasonal waterfalls. rivers. Gold was discovered here in the summer of 1849. By May 1850, Downieville had 15 hotels and gambling As the river and road wind through the canyon, this houses, 4 bakeries, and 4 butcher shops. 5,000 men proximity gives recreationists easy access to sight-seeing, wintered in Downieville that year. In the following spring, swimming, fishing, camping. that population scattered into the surrounding hills and canyons in search of gold. As the population of the area grew, Downieville served as a trading center for the Northern nature Due to the elevation, Sierra County provides one of the longest seasons for wildflower viewing in California. In spring, dogwood blooms profusely along the banks of rivers and massive patches of monkey flowers invade the wet seeps of canyon walls. Scotch broom adds brilliant patches of yellow. Summer provides a abundance of flowers and in the fall the dogwood puts on a second display of fiery orange Photo by nancy Carnahan and deep pink. Winter in the River Canyon is mild with light snow cover during December through March. At dusk, bridges in Downieville are likely to produce bats The Yuba TheaTre and swallows foraging for food. Kingfishers and osprey also 5 Mines. By the mid-1850s, Downieville was California’s Goodyears Bar was named for two brothers, Miles and fifth-largest town. In 1852 Downieville lost the bid to be the Andrew, who came looking for gold in 1849. In 1862, there State Capitol to Sacramento by 10 votes. Today, Downieville were 3,000 to 5,000 people, and 51 businesses in town, with retains much of its former character and many of its gold being the main economy. The town burned in 1864 traditional functions. and was never rebuilt, except for the post office which is still in operation. Historic buildings remaining include the St. Charles Inn, now a private residence and the School House, now a community center. Cultural attraCtions MUseUMs: The Downieville Museum building dates back to 1852 when it was built as a store by Chinese emigrants. Photo by marshall e. ilstrup Today it contains informative collections that depict life here from gold rush days to the present. For guided tours call 530-289-3423. The Foundry building in Downieville was built in 1855. It features a detailed model of turn-of-the- gOODyEarS bar century Downieville as well as logging and mining exhibits. 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Since 1996, it has been the home of the Sierra County Arts Council. It currently has fixed seats for 200 Photo by sherri allen and has been transformed into a professional performing arts venue. Year-round events include presentations of live music, community theatre, dance, school drama productions, book-signings, slide shows, weddings, and film. The Banff DOwniEvillE claSSic Mountain Film Festival World Tour is presented each April. bike trails. This nationally recognized trail system has been The Yuba Theatre is available for conferences, retreats, and featured in mountain biking magazines as having some of other events. 530-289-9822; sierracountyartscouncil.org the best and most scenic trails in the world. In Downieville, ride the North Yuba Trail with Halls Ranch and Fiddle Creek HIsTORIc sITes: Main Street in Downieville is narrow, full Ridge, the Downie River Trail and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Divide of character, and lined with trees, wooden boardwalks, trails. The world-famous Downieville Classic is an annual and historic buildings. Downieville is considered the least bike race event weekend not to be missed, if you can find a changed of all the gold rush towns in California. The Gallows place to stay... in Downieville was only used once but it remains today as a reminder of justice in the gold rush era. Off-ROAd VeHIcLes: Chimney Rock, Fir Top and Poker Flat are three great OHV, 4-wheel drive and dirt bike The Goodyears Bar Schoolhouse was built around 1872, and routes. Chimney Rock goes by the Saddleback Lookout and is still used as a community gathering place. This historic is exceptional for bikes, as is the Poker Flat trail. With a town dates back to the 1850s. trail-rated SUV and some experience driving difficult back- country, you can visit the ghost-towns of Poker Flat and seLf-gUIded TOUR: There is a self-guided walking tour Howland Flat, crossing Canyon Creek on the way to Lost brochure available for Downieville that detail the town’s Sierra’s La Porte. history and sites. summer Fun on tHe trail fIsHINg ANd swIMMINg: The North Yuba provides many HIkINg ANd bAckPAckINg: Easy to extreme level hiking trails excellent fishing spots and swimming holes along Hwy 49. abound in this region of Sierra County. A fully accessible The swimming hole by the Rocky Rest Campground bridge is trail passes gently through 500 feet of terrain from the Fiddle one of the best, but it’s a well known secret so you probably Creek Campground to the North Yuba River just off Hwy 49. won’t have it to yourself. But there are plenty of other ones to The Saddleback Trail climbs up mountainous terrain to the discover. Pull over where it’s safe and explore the river. Where Saddleback Lookout where spectacular views can be seen and the Downie meets the North Yuba, in the heart of Downieville photographed. The Canyon Creek trail provides level ground there is also great swimming and fishing to be had. and a scenic path alongside the North Yuba as it makes it way towards Bullards Bar. You’ll pass through an old miners camp wHITewATeR RAfTINg ANd kAyAkINg: During the spring at Shenanigan Flat. snow melt, the river provides great Class 4 and 5 whitewater rafting. Kayaking can be done all summer long depending on bIke TRAILs: Ride the the level of the rivers. There are several outfitters that provide sublime trails that seem guided rafting, including Tributary Whitewater Tours. endless, climbing from rivers to peaks, and cAMPINg: The Fiddle Creek Campground near the North Yuba snaking invisibly through River bridge is easily accessed from Hwy 49 and has excellent trees. Ride for hours in river access. Rocky Rest Campground is less developed but places that are truly “quiet” also offers access to the river for swimming and fishing. and “empty”. This is a rare Many additional campsites are available throughout the area fortune, possibly worth in a variety of settings and levels of access. more than any gold taken from these hills. Lavezzola gOLd PANNINg: Gold panning is open to the public in Photo by Darby Hayes Road in Downieville Downieville just behind the Gallows Café & Pizzeria. Gold provides access to moderate pans and panning instructions are available at the Sierra to very technical mountain Gold Shop. kayaking ThE nOrTh yuba 7 Cultural attraCtions MUseUMs: The Kentucky Mine, Stampmill and Museum are located just east of Sierra City on Highway 49. The museum offers guided tours into the underground mine and also into California’s only remaining workable gold ore stamp mill. The museum depicts the gold rush era of Sierra County, life in a mining camp, and the local American Indian culture. For tour information and operating hours call the Sierra Photo by mary Davey County Historical Society at 530-862-1310. HIsTORIc sITes: Main Street in Sierra City is charmingly SiErra buTTES narrow and lined with many turn-of-the-century structures, complete with wooden boardwalks. The Masonic Hall, built in 1864, is the oldest building in town. As the “Gateway to Sierra Buttes the Lakes Basin,” Sierra City also provides dramatic views of the Sierra Buttes. The Wells Fargo building in Sierra City Highway 49 parallels the North Yuba River all the way from typifies 1870s Federalist Style architecture. This brick two- the River Canyon area, past Loganville and into Sierra City. story structure was historically used as a mercantile store This scenic drive provides travelers and recreationists easy and Wells Fargo Express & Company stage coach stop in access to sight-seeing, fishing, camping and swimming. the 1870s. A free walking tour map is available at the Sierra Country Store. This stretch of road provides a kaleidoscope of terrain and plant communities. The craggy peaks of the Sierra Buttes are a out on tHe trail spectacular site any season, whether in the winter and spring HIkINg, bAckPAckINg, MOUNTAIN bIkINg: The biking when adorned with a tapestry of snow, the Fall when the trees trails that Downieville is famous for originate on the Sierra glow in autumn colors, or the summer when flowers abound Buttes, and the world famous Downieville Classic starts in and the water is a perfect temperature for swimming. Sierra City. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) winds itself across Haypress Creek, and then emerges at the Yuba River at Loves History Falls. These waterfalls are spectacular and an easy walk Development of communities and recreation in Sierra from Hwy 49. The PCT crosses Hwy 49 just north-east County was the direct result of the discovery and search for of Sierra City, and then climbs in a series of switchbacks gold in California. As the roads improved, travelers began to across the southwest face of the Buttes right above town. stop and enjoy the beauty and wildlife. Sierra City is a popular stop-over for weary PCT hikers, to stock up on provisions, do laundry, and for some, get a Sierra City was established as a mining town in 1850. By comfortable night’s sleep in a bed. The Wild Plum Loop Trail 1852, miners were retrieving gold from several tunnels in the starts near the Wild Plum nearby Sierra Buttes. At this time, Sierra City had two large campground and meanders buildings, a bakery shop, and several gambling houses and alongside Haypress Creek saloons. The buildings were crushed under an avalanche of through riparian hardwood snow in the winter of 1853, forcing the inhabitants to rebuild communities that provide a at the present lower elevation. The Sierra Buttes Mine was rich birding experience. active for 80 years and was the second largest gold producer in Sierra County. A continuous body of medium grade ore Off-ROAd VeHIcLes: There was processed efficiently, assuring steady employment. As are several off-road trails many as 290 men worked at this mine in 1873. popular with 4-wheel Loganville campground is situated east of the former town drivers, including the Sierra of Loganville. In 1889, Luigi Lagomarsino put in an orchard, Buttes trail which runs from a clover field and a garden. This is an example of a typical the most scenic transfer Photo by mary Davey homestead of that time. Many of the original miners in the station in California, to Loganville & Sierra City area were immigrants from Italy, the Sierra Buttes Lookout France and the British Isles. parking lot and then on to Packer Saddle, traversing lOvES FallS 8 Photo by mary Davey Photo by mary Davey OlD MinErS cabin the southwestern face of the Buttes with breathtaking views. Don’t miss the actual lookout, a short hike from the parking viEw OF ThE lakES baSin lot. There is an amazing viewing platform that runs all around the lookout for 360º views. Not recommended for anyone with fear of heights. Lakes Basin summer Fun Recreation Area fIsHINg ANd swIMMINg: Though accessing the river is The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is to the north of the Sierra a little tricky in the town proper of Sierra City, there are Buttes, along Gold Lake Road. Bassetts is considered the plenty of places to get to the river outside of town, and many gateway into this outdoors wonderland. Numerous glacially fishing and swimming holes nearby. One of the best is by formed lakes add to the unique beauty of the landscape and Wild Plum Bridge, by Haypress Creek. Another great place offer recreation in its most pristine form. Upper and Lower to swim is by Loves Falls. There are also plenty of places to Sardine Lakes, Packer Lake and Gold Lake are just a few of stop along the river west of Sierra City on the way into town the biggest. Yuba Pass, while not in the Lakes Basin proper, from Downieville, or east towards the Lakes Basin. Or, get to also has camping and recreational trails off Highway 49 on know a local and maybe they’ll show your their favorite spot! the way into the Sierra Valley. cAMPINg: Loganville provides excellent camping facilities The craggy peaks of the Sierra Buttes are a spectacular site, in an area with ample shade with dense oak and fir trees. especially in the winter and spring when adorned with a There is a Loganville Highway Visitor Center & RV Dump tapestry of snow. There are several excellent views of the Station on the north side of the highway. The Wild Plum Sierra Buttes from Gold Lake Road and along Highway 49. Campground, located in the eastern end of Sierra City During the winter, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers provides camping right on the beautiful Haypress Creek have a unique opportunity to explore a winter wonderland with lots of hiking trails nearby in addition to excellent made more beautiful by the rugged mountainous backdrop. swimming and fishing right from the campground. nature gOLd PANNINg: Gold panning is open to the public at Union When the snow melts, the Lakes Basin area abounds in a Flat Campground. Gold pans and panning instructions are variety of wildflowers. Orange masses of lilies bloom in the available at the Miner’s Emporium in Sierra City. wet creek drainages and wild azaleas are scattered about the hillsides. At the summit of Yuba Pass, magenta penstemon and lacy white yampa decorate the landscape. In the marshy areas, marigolds, elephant heads, corn lilies, and several species of monkey flowers flourish in the spring sun. The Sand Pond Interpretive Trail features wheel chair accessible wooden boardwalks that follow fern-lined paths and cross stretches of shallow, clear water. This trail near Sardine Lake Campground is barrier-free and provides viewing opportunities of a wetland that has been enlarged by a family of beavers. The path also allows visitors to view Photo by mary Davey trout and summer mallard broods close up. Bald eagles and osprey fish on the many lakes, and pine martens forage in nearby meadows. Many of the meadows in this area such as SiErra ciTy Church and Howard meadows provide viewing of songbirds 9 TO GRAEAGLE The Lakes Basin Trail Map Snag Gold Lake Lake Pa ciﬁ Haskell Peak c Upper k a Upper Salmon lake Pe Haskell Peak Salmon Ro Trail Lake ad Trail Ha sk Lower ell Gold Deer Lake Salmon lake Chapman La Creek Deer Lake ke Trail Pauley Trail Creek Lakes Basin Trail Ridge Trail Ro ad Tamarack Sand Pond Packer Lake Lakes Interpretive Butcher Trail Trail TO DOWNIEVILLE Ranch Saxonia Bassetts Trail Lake Sand Pond TO SIERRAVILLE Cres Lower Sardine Lake Sierra Buttes t Tamarack Lookout Trail Lakes Volcano (via PCT) Upper Lake Young (Via Tamarack Lakes) America Sardine Lake Lakes Sierra LEGEND Buttes Lookout Trail TO DOWNIEVILLE Haypress C ree k Tra Sierra City il Map information obtained from Tahoe National Forest trail map dated Oct 1995 like the willow flycatcher and various types of warblers. The environments for recreation and relaxation. Wilderness Yuba Pass area provides excellent bird-watching in addition camping and mountain climbing were important aspects to the wildflower viewing opportunities. of this movement with a special appeal to city people as a temporary relief from the frantic pace of urban life. A The San Francisco State Sierra Nevada Field Campus is form of medical treatment known as the “wilderness cure” located a short distance east of Bassetts. The Field Campus is enjoyed considerable popularity in California during the dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation late nineteenth century and brought many recreationists of geology and the ecological diversity of life through the to Sierra County. By 1926, the Lakes Basin area boasted a study of the many Sierra Nevada ecosystems by means of number of popular resorts with fishing, swimming, boating, education, research, and applied ecology. They provide a and lodging available. large number of summer classes open to the public spanning flora and fauna. Learn about fungi, birds, drawing, sketching The lodge at Sardine Lake was first constructed in 1941 and & painting, natural history, ecology and much more. More 6 guest cabins were added in 1945-46. Packer Lake was info: www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Courses.html on an early mule-pack trail and, in 1926, a lodge was built, along with platform tents and log cabins. Shortly after the History mid 1850s, a recreation lodge was also built at Gold Lake. Development of communities and recreation in Sierra Gold Lake Road was constructed in 1913 providing easier County was the direct result of the discovery and search for access to the resorts. Bassetts Station, at the intersection of gold in California. As the roads improved, travelers began Highway 49 and Gold Lake Road, began as a way station to stop and enjoy the beauty and wildlife. Californians over 125 years ago. It continues to provide a rest stop and in the late 1800s were very interested in primitive supply point for travelers. 10 out on tHe trail fishing, piped and HIkINg, bAckPAckINg, MOUNTAIN bIkINg ANd HORse stream water, camping PAckINg: in this region are what dreams are made of. The stoves, travel trailer Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Sierra Buttes and can be spaces, and sites for reached from Packer Saddle or the Sierra Buttes Lookout horse trailers. Imagine Trail. There are numerous campgrounds in the area with a place where you trail-heads that provide access to the many lakes in this area. can have a whole Sand Pond Interpretive Trail shows the flora and fauna of a lake to yourself on a riparian habitat and is accessible to wheelchairs. It provides summer’s night. That’s a wonderful experience for those who cannot hike the the Lakes Basin. typical mountainous trail. There is horseback riding along Gold Lake. The biking trails that Downieville is famous for Winter Fun originate on the Sierra Buttes—get started on Packer Saddle. Winter is a great time Photo by mary Davey to explore the Lakes Off-ROAd VeHIcLes: The Lakes Basin Recreation Area has Basin Recreation Area. numerous off-road vehicle or 4-wheel drive trails from Miles of groomed moderate to most difficult. The trails pass through a variety SuMMEr Fun aT ThE lakE roads and trails offer of terrain and offer fishing, wildlife viewing, and exceptional excellent cross- scenery. The area around Gold Lake is a favorite for ATVs country skiing and snowmobiling. Bassetts Station at the and in the winter snow-mobilers. intersection of Hwy 49 and Gold Lake Road is a favorite staging area for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. It summer Fun is complete with a general store, cafe, restrooms, and gas ResORTs: Small resorts tucked in among trees and lakes station. Gold Lake Road is the main access route to many offer comfort and amenities for those wishing to forgo miles of trails. The trip to Graeagle is a favorite among the “sleeping bag.” Resorts also provide different levels of local snowmobilers. Yuba Pass Snow Park, 13 miles north services such as prepared meals and housekeeping. of Sierra City, accesses trails that reach the Little Truckee Summit staging area, Jackson Meadows reservoir and Bassetts fIsHINg ANd bOATINg: The unspoiled lakes in this region staging area. Lunch Creek Trail is a cross-country skiing only are highly prized by fly fishermen and those who prefer to trail. Tubing, sledding, snowshoeing, and snow camping fish from the shore or small boats. Dozens of lakes provide round out the winter fun in this large snowpark facility. ample space for recreationists to enjoy solitude and comfort. Snowpark permits are required. Purchase them at Bassetts Boating is restricted to small boats with small or no motors. Station or call 530-324-4442. Also, kayaking at the many lakes has become a great outdoor sport. You can paddle and work on your techniques for the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters snowmobile club holds monthly river, or paddle just for exercise! meetings in the winter and hosts numerous events through the season, such as group rides on weekends and a dinner cAMPINg: The numerous campgrounds in this area offer ride to Sierraville. The annual Spaghetti Feed in March raises several levels of amenities including boating, swimming, money for scholarships which are awarded to graduating seniors from Downieville High School and members’ families each year. For more information contact Sharon Grenier at 530-862-1577. SIERRA Valley Sierra Valley is part of the continental crust that was dropped by the same faulting that raised the Sierra Nevada. The overlook on Highway 49, east of Yuba Pass, provides Photo by mary Davey a spectacular panoramic view of this beautiful sub-alpine valley where Sattley, Calpine, Sierraville and Loyalton back cOunTry n ThE lakES baSin lie surrounded by the granitic mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The scenery in Sierra Valley varies from conifer 11 and aspen forests, to drier numerous species of woodland forests, to a large hawks, osprey, and bald valley covered with crops, eagles. Several waterfowl pastures, and wildflowers in nesting islands are located the spring. Smaller valleys within the area. and meadows are laced with Photo courtesy of sierra Booster meandering streams. Old History platy-barked ponderosa The Sierra Valley ranches pine trees are a special were settled in the 1850s. feature in the landscape The ranches provided along the upper stretches of dairy products, hay, and Highway 89 near Truckee. viEw OF ThE SiErra vallEy cattle for Truckee and the Cattle share the pastures western Sierra County with deer and other wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might see a mines and also to the Comstock Mines in the 1860s. By cattle drive. the 1880s it was one of the finest agricultural regions of California. Since 1853, much of the population has been wILdfLOweRs: Fields of blue and orange flowers flow devoted to cattle-raising and farming. Many of the existing with the breeze during springtime in the valley. Along the ranches and barns were built in the 19th century. The waterways, many marshland plants and several species of lumber industry was also part of this healthy agricultural buttercups paint a picture of color and serenity. economy. Sierra Valley timber supplied the Comstock mines, Central Pacific Railroad, and California fruit industry wILdLIfe ANd bIRdINg: The Carman Valley north of Calpine from the 1860s to the turn of the century. The early 1900s has 30 to 40 acres of vernal habitat during spring and early marked a decline in the timber demands with the closing of summer. This area is an excellent place to view nesting mines, but the Sierra Valley lumber industry continued to waterfowl, including wood ducks and shorebirds. Steel be an important aspect of the economy and culture until the Bridge, located over the headwaters of the Feather River, late 20th Century. provides an opportunity to view Canadian geese, great blue heron, sandhill cranes, numerous ducks, and songbirds. This Tucked at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada is private property, so please do not explore on foot. lie the communities of Sattley, Sierraville, and Calpine which The Sierra Valley has more German brown trout, mile for offer remnants of both early ranching and logging. Calpine mile, than anywhere else in California. Smithneck Creek is was built as a company-owned sawmill town for the Davies- a favorite among fishermen seeking this elusive trout. This Johnson Lumber Company and its 500 workers. area is also home to Nevada mule deer, grouse, chucker, and California mountain quail. Antelope Valley is an excellent Loyalton was originally known as Smith’s Neck. The place to observe deer fawning areas. If you see a lone fawn, sentiment of loyalty to the Union Cause during the Civil please don’t touch it. Its mother is nearby. The Smithneck War led to changing the name to Loyalton in 1863. In 1901, Creek area off Smithneck Road travels through extensive Loyalton was incorporated as a dry town, the size was set at aspen groves with scenes of beaver activity—dams, stick 50.6 square miles. At that time, it was California’s second lodges, and beaver-logged timber. Jackson Meadows largest city after Los Angeles. Today, Loyalton is the only Reservoir entertains broods of Canada geese, mergansers, incorporated city in Sierra County. mallards, and green-winged Cultural attraCtions: teal. Several meadows offer MUseUMs: The Loyalton Museum good evening views of mule is located in Loyalton at the deer and bald eagles visit in the city park. This historic building late fall. Black bears, foxes, and features displays on logging, raccoons are also present but agriculture, the Washoe Indians, not so visible. Kyburz Marsh and fraternal organizations Photo by mary Davey off Hwy 89, 10 miles north including the Rebekah Lodge. of Truckee, is approximately Outdoor exhibits include logging 200 acres and provides wagons, a donkey engine, and wildlife viewing for waterfowl, SiErra vallEy wETlanDS farm equipment. shorebirds, songbirds, 12 HIsTORIc sITes: The brick building The picnic area and restrooms are by the gas station in Loyalton was wheelchair accessible. built around the turn of the 20th century. This building, along with bOATINg, fIsHINg, ANd swIMMINg: the old grocery store in Sierraville, Lakes in this region of Sierra County are two of the few remaining offer a variety of activities. Jackson buildings constructed of Sierra Meadows Reservoir is very popular Valley brick. The Sierra Valley and highly prized for fishing, Lodge in Calpine, was built as a swimming, camping, wildlife recreation hall for the once-thriving viewing, water skiing, jet skiing, and mill town. Today it is a restaurant sailing. There are over 130 campsites, and cocktail lounge with lodging 5 group campsites, and a disposal accommodations. Numerous historic station available here. Independence barns and farm houses throughout Lake offers fee-use camping and Sierra Valley date back to the 19th fishing in a more secluded setting. SiErravillE rODEO century. Many are still in use. Rivers and streams provide exceptional fishing and swimming. on tHe trail HIkINg: Trails in the Sierra Valley area range from easy cAMPINg: There are numerous campgrounds from Yuba Pass walks to rigorous climbs through thick conifer forests. The to Truckee along Highways 49 and 89. These campgrounds Cottonwood Overlook Trail is light to moderately difficult range from single sites to large group areas with parking lots and provides panoramic views of the valley in several places that can accommodate horse trailers as well as snowmobile along the trail. The Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail uses trailers. Some campgrounds are near rivers and streams; trail markers and a corresponding brochure to identify and some are at the edges of alpine lakes; and some are tucked describe trees and other plants on this easy walk. Dedicated into the forest and meadow lands. Groups of up to 50 people hikers can climb the steep Badenaugh Trail up to the Babbit can be accommodated at the Prosser Group Campground, Peak Lookout for an outstanding panoramic view of the local which offers swimming and cooking stoves as well as space area of eastern California and western Nevada. Mountain for trailers. bikers and equestrians share this trail with hikers. The Jackson Meadows Reservoir area features the Woodcamp Winter Fun Creek Interpretive Trail, which provides an educational and Winter trails for skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers wind moderately difficult hike with 18 points of interest spelledthrough valleys and hills and around beautiful alpine lakes. out in a brochure. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed The Little Truckee Summit area located between Sierraville from the Jackson Meadow trail head. The Kyburz Flat and Truckee on Highway 89 provides six winter trails, interpretive area on Henness Pass Road east of Highway 89 restrooms, and plenty of parking. From here you can follow explains the history of three different peoples who inhabited groomed trails up to the Gold Lakes Recreation Area. There this beautiful mountain meadow starting 2,000 years ago. is also excellent cross-country skiing on Henness Pass Road Maps and brochures are available free of charge. east of Highway 89, the Wheeler Loop traversing the Kyburz Flat area, an area with no snow- OHV TRAILs: The Bear Valley Loop mobiles allowed. The Treasure OHV Trail near Loyalton is 18 miles Mountain Loop in the Little Truckee of pure exhilaration and scenic Summit area provides groomed beauty. The trail is open late spring trails for both snowmobilers to fall. and cross-country skiers. Other groomed trails in this area include summer Fun the Pass Creek Loop, which leads The Donner Camp Picnic Site to Jackson Meadows Reservoir, and Photo Courtesy of usFs located five miles south of the the Prosser Creek Connection Trail, Sierra County line along Highway which travels from the Summit 89 looks out onto a meadow where along Prosser Creek downhill into members of the Donner Party Nevada County, where it ends near liTTlE TruckEE SuMMiT STaging arEa camped through the winter of 1846. Prosser Lake. 13 loDGinG River Canyon 3sIeRRA sTReAMsIde cAbINs. Hwy 49 east of Downieville. Streamside cabins Dining area, Living Room, TV, DVD, VCR. Deck overlooking Main Street. Restaurant, with kitchens and private bathrooms are Bar below. Available by night or week. Pets inDian Valley available. RV spaces with “full hook- OK. Credit Cards. 530-862-1171 INdIAN VALLey OUTPOsT. 530-289-3630 ups” along the Yuba River. Pets accepted. Seasonal. Hosts: Jim & Yvonne. 530-289- 3bUTTes ResORT. Main st. Vacations 3379; www.SierraStreamsideCabins.com are expensive, why take a chance? See GooDyears Bar tastefully appointed cabins, fully equipped “R” PLAce. Trailer Park. 530-289-3188 3wILLOUgHby’s ON THe RIVeR VAcATION with kitchens and unparalleled views ReNTAL. 171 River St. The most pristine of the Yuba River at www.buttesresort. view of the Yuba River! Comfortable three- citymax.com or call 1-800-991-1170, all DoWnieVille bedroom home sleeps 8–10, with two for the best rates in Sierra City. 3cARRIAge HOUse INN . 110 Commercial baths and a kitchen overlooking the river. St.. Lovely setting on the Downie River, 8 Relax and barbeque on the deck. Famous 3HeRRINgTON’s sIeRRA PINes ResORT. charming rooms with TVs. Continental swimming hole with rapids! Peak season 104 Main St., Hwy 49. AAA approved breakfast. Private BBQ, patio and gazebo months are rented by the week. Two- accommodations. Covered balconies area on the river. Bike storage. Pets OK. day minimum off-season rates available. overlooking the Yuba River with Free Wi-Fi and free Verizon cell service. Internet access: Wi-Fi. 530-289-3573 or spectacular illuminated waterfall. Situated Open all year. No smoking. 800-296-2289 on 50 acres of forest land with 4,000 feet 530-289-3573 or 1-800-296-2289; of private river frontage. Pet friendly. www.downievillecarriagehouse.com dOwNIeVILLe cReek sIde cOTTAge. Satellite TV with free HBO. Some rooms 530-289-3520; with full kitchens and fireplaces. Daily 3dOwNIeVILLe RIVeR INN. 121 River St. www.downievillecreeksidecottage.com housekeeping service. Free Internet Open 7 days a week, year round. We are computer station and limited Wi-Fi. Gift located on the Yuba River, just across the THe dOwNIeVILLe ReTReAT. 415-229-8899; shop and game room. Trout pond with Court House Bridge, still with-in walking www.downievilleretreat.com over 2,000 Rainbow Trout. Beautiful distance to the shops and restaurants/ meadow for picnics with BBQ and We have a variety of sizes of rooms and RIVeR HOUse. 530-289-3573 or 800-296- horseshoes for our guests. Serving Sierra cottages, some with kitchens. We have Bed 2289; www.downievillecarriagehouse.com County for 43 years. Open May–Oct. 530- & Breakfast services, heated swimming 862-1151 or 800-682-9848; pool and a sauna, picnic area and BBQs, sIeRRA sHANgRI-LA. Seasonal. www.herringtonssierrapines.com Wi-Fi service, and in room movies. Our 530-289-3455; www.sierrashangrila.com grounds are large enough for family 3O’gARA-HAyes VAcATION ReNTAL. 7 reunions and large gathering events. TwO RIVeRs ReNTAL.530-289-3520; bedrooms, 4 baths. Sleeps 12. Large 530-289-3308 or 800-696-3308; www.downievillecreeksidecottage.com livingroom, dining room, large deck www.DownievilleRiverInn.com overlooking lawn and Yuba River. Large parking area and very private. Reservations 3THe LURe ResORT. Hwy 49, 1 mile east of Downieville. Located on the Yuba River. Sierra Buttes 530-862-1018 11 housekeeping cabins and 8 log camping 3OLd sIeRRA cITy HOTeL. 212 Main St. cabins. Open all year. Pets welcome. loGanVille Historic old miners hotel. Comfortable 530-289-3465 or 800-671-4084; kOkANee kAbINs. 530-862-1287 lodging, home cooked meals, classic bar www.lureresort.com and down home service and ambiance. A historic stop on visitors agendas for 3RIVeRsIde INN. 206 Commercial St. sierra City decades. Bob & Kathy Morales, owners Located on the Downie River. 11 units 3ALIbI VAcATION ReNTAL. 101 Butte Ave. since 2000. 530-862-1300 with balconies overlooking the river. Open year round. Treat yourself to an Some with kitchens. In-room movies. affordable yet luxurious get away in the 3sIeRRA skIes RV PARk. Located on the Yuba Wi-Fi access. Comfortable beds. Hypo- historic town of Sierra City. This new River in Sierra City with views of the Sierra allergenic laundry products. 4 fireplaces. construction home is 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Buttes and private access to the river. All Bike Station. Continental breakfast. Patio, sleeps up to 6. Full Kitchen and Laundry. sites are full hook-ups. Daily, weekly and barbecue, and picnic area on site. Open all 530-888-6385; email@example.com monthly rates. 29 units. Year-round storage year. No smoking. Pets welcome. units available. 530-862-1166; 530-289-1000 or 888-883-5100; 3THe bUckHORN UPsTAIRs. Main St. www.sierraskiesrvpark.com www.downieville.us Vacation apartment. Sleeps 6, full Kitchen, 16 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe loDGinG 3yUbA RIVeR INN. Located at Hwy. included. Open mid-June to mid- 3sIeRRA HOT sPRINgs/gLObe HOTeL. 49 & Wild Plum Rd. Genuine one or September. $100 to $200 a night. Resort & retreat Center. 530-994-3773; two bedroom log cabins, restored 530-836-2350 www.sierrahotsprings.org & modernized with fully-equipped kitchens. Each cabin is located in a quiet, 3PAckeR LAke LOdge. Restaurant & full MAddALeNA RANcH HOUse. 530-994- forested, setting. Nestled on 23 acres bar. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner 3553 or 530-514-3554 or 530-514-0011 along the Yuba River with private, trailed (except Tuesdays). The “Corner Store” accessibility to 1/3 mile of secluded river carries beer, wine, fishing supplies, soft sIeRRAVILLe MOTeL ANd RV PARk. frontage for guests. Reasonable rates. drinks, candy and other simple needs. 530-994-3751 Owned and operated by the Hertzberg Boat rentals. 14 rental cabins. Season: family for more than 22 years. Open Memorial Day to mid-October. year-around for your enjoyment. 530- 530-862-1221. Off-season 415-921-5943; 862-1122; www.yubariverinn.com www.packerlakelodge.com The Sierra County Chamber of Commerce thanks the following sIeRRA cITy ReTReAT. 707-837-0297; 3sALMON LAke LOdge. Rental cabins individuals for their support: www.sierraretreats.com and boats. Open June–October. 530- Louise A. Huebner 852-0874; www.salmonlake.net Peter W. Huebner, Supervisor District 2 sIeRRA sOLITUde VAcATION ReNTAL. Marian LaFollette 510-222-4138. www.sierrasolitude.com 3sARdINe LAke ResORT. 9 housekeeping cabins and dining. Dining room closed Monday and Tuesday. Reservations Lakes Basin requested. Open mid-May to mid- October. Boats, fishing. 530-862-1196; www.sardinelakeresort.com Bassetts 3bAsseTTs sTATION. 100 Gold Lake Rd. gOLd LAke beAcH LOdge . 530-836-2491 The motel has three housekeeping units, each sleeping 4 and with full kitchens. It is conveniently located so that you can sHAffeR’s HIgH sIeRRA cAMP. Places of Worship 800-516-3513; www.highsierracamp.com snowmobile right from the motel in the AsseMbLy Of gOd. Nevada St., Downieville winter or drive a short distance to the 530-289-3125 many lakes in the summertime. 530-862-1297; www.bassetts-station.com SIERRA Valley AsseMbLy Of gOd. 803 Main St., Loyalton 530-993-0709 3HIgH cOUNTRy INN bed & bReAkfAsT. CalPine Hwy 49 and Gold Lake Rd. Located on the 3sIeRRA VALLey LOdge. 103 Main St. cHURcH Of JesUs cHRIsT LATTeR dAy sAINTs. Yuba River. Private pond and spectacular off Hwy 89 between Sierraville & Graeagle. 61600 Hwy 49., Loyalton 530-993-4366 view of the Sierra Buttes. 4 luxurious 707-637-6027 rooms. Gourmet breakfast. This is cOMMUNITy cHURcH Of LOyALTON. the place for peace and privacy. Open 601 Lewis St., Loyalton 530-993-4411 Memorial Day to the end of October. loyalton 530-862-1530 or 800-862-1530; cOUNTRy cOOkIN’ ResTAURANT ANd HOLy ROsARy. 613 4th St., Loyalton www.hicountryinn.com INN. 530-993-1162 530-832-5006 gOLdeN wesT sALOON ResTAURANT IMMAcULATe cONcePTION PARIsH. tHe lakes Basin ANd MOTeL. 530-993-4467 Church St., Downieville 530-289-3102 3cALIfORNIA LANd MANAgeMeNT provides campsites throughout the Hwy sIeRRAVILLe cOMMUNITy cHURcH 424 S. 89/49 corridor of the Tahoe National sierraVille Lincoln St., Sierraville 530-994-3708 Forest. Reserve sites by phone: 1-877- 3cANyON RANcH ResORT. 622 Old 444-6777 or on-line: www.recreation. Truckee Rd. Tranquil setting. 7 cabins all UNITed MeTHOdIsT cHURcH. gov or www.clm-services.com with bathrooms, kitchens, porches. Dog Commercial St., Downieville 530-432-7774 friendly. Fish from pond or stream. Open 3gOLd LAke LOdge . Rustic mountain year round. Office hours: 7 AM–9 PM. UNITed MeTHOdIsT cHURcH. Butte St., lodge with 9 cabins located in the 530-994-1033; Sierra City 530-432-7774 heart of the Lakes Basin. Hearty meals www.canyonranchsierraville.com 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe 17 DininG, sHoPPinG, etC. Pliocene Ridge Grocery Communications Center: fax, copy machines & e-mail/internet access. 3sIeRRA cOUNTy ReALTy. 208 Main St. From mountain tops to river banks, we sell 530-289-3596; Fax 530-289-3628 it all. 530-289-3377; Fax: 530-289-3678; alleGHany www.sierracountyrealty.com 3ORIgINAL sIxTeeN TO ONe MINe. The 3e cLAMPUs VITUs (cLAMPeRs) Major Mine has been producing gold for over 100 William Downie Chapter. 3sIeRRA dIsPOsAL. 185 N. Beckwith years. The oldest Gold Mining Corporation Street, Portola. Serving Sierra County in The United States, the Sixteen to One 3JOHN I. eVANs. sIeRRA cOUNTy sHeRIff- since 1972. 530-832-4879; offers a unique investment opportunity. cORONeR. 100 Courthouse Square. 530-289- www.intermountaindisposal.com See website for Stock purchase info. The 3700; firstname.lastname@example.org mine is famous for its rare quartz and gold 3seddcORP. 560 Wall St., Auburn 95603. gemstone eagerly sought by jewelers. The 530-823-4703 3gRUbsTAke sALOON. Main St. Open for Gold Sales division offers slab, cabochons, lunch and dinner. 11:30 AM–9 PM. Steak, 3sIeRRA gOLd. 204 Main St. Fine gold specimens and jewelry to the public, open seafood, burgers, pasta. 530-289-0289 by appointment only, please call in advance. quartz jewelry. Rose Cain. 530-289-1621 Or view the gold sales section online. 530- 3LAw OffIces Of c. INgRId LARsON. 3sIeRRA HARdwARe. 305 Main St. General 287-3223; www.origsix.com Attorney at Law. 530-289-3654; Fax: 530- hardware. Hunting & fishing licenses. 289-3628; email@example.com 3UNdeRgROUNd gOLd MINeRs MUseUM. Fishing tackle, sporting goods, camping 530-287-3330; www.undergroundgold.com supplies. Open all year. 530-289-3582 3LeeLA PLesse. Behind the La Sierra Beauty Boutique, Main St. Massage Therapist & cAsey’s PLAce. 530-287-9809 3sIeRRA MOTOR cO. 114 Main St. Full Reiki Master. Reduces stress, depression, Service Gas Station, Diesel, Auto parts & cramping, spasms & backache. Facilitates Repair, Tires, Convenience Store & Deli, healing of body and spirit. One and one & Groceries, Propane, Laundromat, Showers, River Canyon a half hour sessions available at affordable prices. For appointments: 530-288-1223 Towing/AAA Contract Station. 530-289-3230; Fax: 530-289-3231; inDian Valley firstname.lastname@example.org. 3MOUNTAIN HARVesT cRAfTs cO-OP. INdIAN VALLey OUTPOsT. 530-289-3630 Behind Downieville Grocery. Hand crafted 3sT. cHARLes PLAce. 101/103 Commercial gift items by local artists. Open Summer: St. 530-289-3237 Fri.–Mon. Winter: Sat. & by appointment: DoWnieVille 530-289-3334; 530-289-3100; 3c & R gUIde seRVIce. Fly fishing guide 3MARk sTeVeNsON PHOTOgRAPHy 103 530-289-3170 or 530-289-3420 service-from intimate small streams to Lavezzola Rd. Traditional black & white brawling North Fork — beginners thru photographs of Sierra County using large 3MOUNTAIN MesseNgeR. 313 Main St. experienced welcome. Flies and terminal (doghouse) sized homemade cameras. California’s oldest weekly newspaper. tackle supplied at no charge. 530-289-3682; Phone and Fax 530-289-3262; 530-346-7065; www.wildtrout.com http://mwsphotos.blogspot.com email@example.com 3d-MAc eNgINeeRINg. Civil engineering 3TwO RIVeRs gALLeRy. 310 Main St. Large 3Pg&e. 3301 Industrial Way, Rocklin. and land surveying. Office open 5 days a riverside indoor/outdoor gallery offering 916-408-3311 week (Mon–Fri). 8 AM–5 PM. Registered unique and handmade pottery, wood, engineer since 1978. Serving Sierra County jewelry, books, garden sculpture, clothing 3sAfeMART. Offers a unique model for since 1988. Phone & Fax: 530-289-3129 and shoes. Open 7 days a week 10 AM– home security, providing wireless alarm 5 PM. 530-289-2RIV(2748) systems which the customer installs. 3dOwNIeVILLe dAy sPA AT LA sIeRRA Our video training, and detailed set-up beAUTy bOUTIqUe. 309 Main St. Spa 3TRIbUTARy wHITewATeR TOURs. 20480 instructions make it easy. Rates start at $9 manicures & Pedicures ~ Retreat Facials Woodbury Dr., Grass Valley. Guided per month. 1-800-628-6093; ~ Body waxing ~ Complete hair care ~ whitewater rafting on the North Yuba www.safemart.com Color services ~ Massage. Open all year! River and others. 530-346-6812 or 800- Home care products & gift certificates 672-3846; www.whitewatertours.com 3seNATOR dAVe cOx, State Capitol, Rm available. Relax with us! 530-289-3504 2068, Sacramento. Represents the twelve- Kathy Fischer county First Senate District which includes A 3VINTAge gAL NTIqUes & fINe THINgs. 206 Main St. An eclectic blend of the Sierra County. His office can be reached 3dOwNIeVILLe gROceRy & PIck ‘N sHOVeL old and new. Great selection of vintage at 530-283-3439 Quincy, 916-651-4001 eATeRy. Main St. Groceries, produce, meat, costume jewelry, advertising collectibles Sacramento, 916-783-8232 Roseville, and fine wines. Open all year. Downieville and antique bottles, shabby chic 209-223-9140 Jackson. 18 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe DininG, sHoPPinG, etC. accessories and so much more. Open yUbA exPedITION bIke sHOP. 530-289- The restaurant serves both breakfast and May–October 530-289-3118; or call for 3010; www.yubaexpeditions.com dinner and has a fantastic view of the appointment 530-289-3659; Sierra Buttes and meadow. Lodging, gift www.vintagegalantiques.com shop, game room and trout pond. Serving 3weLLs fARgO bANk. 326 Main St. Sierra Buttes Sierra County for 43 years. Open mid-May through mid-October. 530-862-1151 or Full service bank. ATM. Open all year. 800-682-9848; 530-289-3204 sierra City www.herringtonssierrapines.com 3bIg sPRINgs gARdeNs. 32613 Highway 3wesTeRN sIeRRA MedIcAL cLINIc. 209 49. A 118 acre richly forested private 3HIgHwAyMeN cAR cLUb — NORcAL. Host Nevada St. “A Community Health Center” property. Upper 2/3rds preserved as a of the Annual Big City Rod Run & Car serving Medical, Dental and Behavioral wilderness area. Lower 30 acres has been Show held on September 24–25, 2010. health needs. Provider available 24 hours made into a beautiful park with streams Memberships & Info: 530-862-1088 (Rick) a day/7 days a week. Office hours: Mon– from the natural springs that give the or 530-862-1560 (Larry); Fri 8:30 AM–5 PM, Wed 8:30 AM–6 PM. property its name. Groomed trails provide www.highwaymennorcal.com Mobile Clinic: Serving Camptonville and accessibility and welcome visitors to Pike. Medical: 530-289-3298. immerse themselves in nature. Superb 3JAN kOeTTeL ReALTy. 221 Main St. Real Dental: 530-289-3199 meals are served Friday–Sunday in the estate in the Sierras. Real Estate Broker. outdoor dining terrace at waters edge with Notary Public. 530-862-9009; 3yUbA RIVeR sTORAge. 20 White Way. views of the water lilies and 8,600 foot www.jk-realestate.com Storage and parking in the heart of high majestic Sierra Buttes. Reservations Downieville. 530-289-3626 required. 530-862-1333; 3keNTUcky MINe ANd MUseUM. Hwy 49 a www.bigspringsgardens.com few miles east of Sierra City. Gift shop with 3THe yUbA THeATRe. Home of Sierra prints, original art, native gold, artifacts, Turnpike Players, and offices of Sierra 3THOMAs edgMAN PHOTOgRAPHy / ART and jewelry. Books on area history, County Arts Council. Music, theatre, by bAILey. 530-862-1070 geology, and flora. Summer amphitheater dance, school plays, and film. The Banff concerts. Tours of working stampmill. Mountain Film Festival World Tour has 3cHARLes H. eRVIN, ATTORNey AT LAw. Open June–September. 530-862-1310 three showings in April. 530-289-YUBA. 211 Main St. “Helping the citizens of www.sierracountyartscouncil.org Sierra County with legal solutions.” 3MINeRs eMPORIUM. 221 Main St. For 530-862-1173 miners & shoppers. Located in the 49 wINes. 530-289-2782 Masonic Building. We are a dealer for 3fOx PARLOR. 221 Main St. Print and Whites Metal Detectors and carry a variety THe ATTIc — cOLLecTIbLes, gIfTs & web design. We design and build Web of recreational mining supplies. Books, ANTIqUes. sites, business identity systems & collateral jewelry, gold, t-shirts, Tilly hats & topo for small businesses. 530-862-1501; maps. Photos by local artists. Open dOwNIeVILLe cOMMUNITy HALL. Rental. www.foxparlor.com year around. Closed Tues & Wed. 530-289-0213 530-862-0630 3gJc cONsTRUcTION Licensed general dOwNIeVILLe LIbRARy. Native Daughters contractor. 530-862-1531; 3MOUNTAIN cReek ResTAURANT AT THe Hall. Open Mon. 9–1, Thu. 12–4 firstname.lastname@example.org bUckHORN. 225 Main St. “The one with the Creek and Waterfalls running through dOwNIeVILLe OUTfITTeRs. 530-289-0155; 3dARby HAyes fINe ART PHOTOgRAPHy. the Garden.” Delicious home cooked www.downievilleoutfitters.com Limited Edition prints available at the meals. Garden dining when weather Sierra City Fine Arts Gallery, Sierra City permits. Inside dining by the Fireplace feATHeR’s fLOweRs NURseRy gARdeN. and at galleries in Graeagle, Nevada also available Serving Breakfast, Lunch Seasonal. 530-289-3386 City and Sacramento. Large format, fine & Dinner with a Full Bar. Available for art photographs of local and western events. 530-862-1171; email@example.com THe gALLOws cAfe & PIzzeRIA. landscapes and wildlife. 530-862-1550; 530-289-3540 www.darbyhayes.com 3MOUNTAIN MedIA. Todd Sloan. 530-862-1281; firstname.lastname@example.org LA cOcINA de ORO TAqUeRIA. 3HeRRINgTON’s sIeRRA PINes ResORT. 530-289-3584 104 Main St. AAA approved fine dining 3OLd sIeRRA cITy HOTeL. 212 Main St. restaurant and full service bar. Fresh trout Historic old miners hotel. Comfortable sOILed dOVes PARLOUR & gIfTs. 530-289- from our own pond, Certified Angus lodging, home cooked meals, classic bar 3374; www.soileddovesparlour.com Beef and a full menu with daily specials. and down home service and ambiance. 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe 19 DininG, sHoPPinG, etC. A historic stop on visitors agendas for City, CA 96125. Be sure and visit the tHe lakes Basin decades. Bob & Kathy Morales, owners Kentucky Mine Museum near Sierra City 3gOLd LAke LOdge. Rustic mountain since 2000. 530-862-1300 — Open June through September. lodge in the heart of the Lakes Basin. Hearty meals. Open mid-June to mid- 3PHOTOgRAPHy by kATHy cHOw. Color 3sORRAccO’s sALOON. 203 Main St. The September restaurant open to the public. images primarily comprised of nature- Sorracco’s building is the oldest on main 530-836-2350; www.goldlakelodge.com based abstracts and intimate landscapes. street (circa 1851). The John Sorracco Available locally at Sierra City Fine Arts Hotel was established in the 1880s. In 3gOLd LAke sTAbLes. At Gold Lake Gallery. 530-862-1468; 1949, Sorracco’s grandson Buddy Zerga entrance. Horseback riding with a view! email@example.com and Walter Loffmark reopened as the Trail rides, pack trips, lessons, and Zerloff Hotel which closed in 1990. The childrens camps. Give us a call to make 3PLANT sPIRIT HeALINg. Chinese Five- present owners re-opened the bar as your summer plans. Gold Lake Stables. Element Balancing with Plant Spirit Sorracco’s Saloon in 2001. Sorracco’s 530-836-0940. Graeagle Stables Remedies. A member of the PSM is open year round, providing a great 530-836-0430; www.reidhorse.com Association. 530-862-1189; selection of fine wine, spirits and micro www.plantspirithealer.net brews ready for you to enjoy in the bar, on 3PAckeR LAke LOdge. Dining room the patio or on the covered front porch. and bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and 3sIeRRA bOTANIcALs. Rt. 1 Box 5. Bringing Ron & Cheryl Labrie. 530-862-1462 dinner. Catering to mountain appetites. nature into your bath. Herbal glycerin The “Corner Store” carries beer, wine, soaps & herbal bath salts. 530-862-1189; gOLdeN beAR gUIded TOURs. 541-326- fishing supplies, soft drinks, candy, and www.sierrabotanicalssc.com 7179; www.goldenbearguidedtours.com other simple needs. Reservations. Closed Tuesdays. May–October. 530-862-1221 3sIeRRA cITy fINe ARTs gALLeRy. 231 530-862-1053 or NATURe by desIgN. or off season: 415-921-5943; Main St. Features the work of 4 local 530-862-1189 www.naturebydesigns.com www.packerlakelodge.com photographers and a potter. Available also are paintings and other art pieces. Located sIeRRA cITy cOMMUNITy HALL ReNTAL. 3sARdINe LAke ResORT. Fine dining in a in the Old Wells Fargo building. Summer 530-862-1580 beautiful lakeside setting. Reservations hours: Thur–Mon 10 AM–4 PM. Winter requested. Dining room closed Monday hours: Sat 10 AM–4 PM. 530-862-0607 sIeRRA cITy gAs sTATION and Tuesday. Open mid-May to mid- October. 530-862-1196; 3sIeRRA cITy wATeRwORks, INc. Water sIeRRA cITy LIbRARy. Main St. Ore House www.sardinelakeresort.com serving company. 530-273-6447 Building. Open Tue., Thu., and 2nd Sat. of month 11:30-3:30. 530-862-0210 3sIeRRA cOUNTRy sTORe. 213 Main St. The Country Store is located right smack dab sIeRRA NATURAL HeALTH. 530-862-1189; SIERRA Valley in the heart of town. We offer everything www.shaklee.net/SierraNaturalHealth from hearty breakfast burritos and fresh CalPine deli sandwiches to mouth-watering TOM’s sNOwMObILe. Seasonal. 3gONe bATTy/HARVey fARMs. Spinning cheeseburgers and pizzas. Stop by for all 530-862-1128 fleeces, yarns, locker lambs, wool felting, your ... Grocery... Meats...Produce...Beer... spinning and natural dye workshops. Wine ...Liquor...Camping...Fishing...Ice... “z” sALON. 530-862-1130 530-994-3617 or 916-217-8220; and Gift needs. ATM, High Speed Internet www.thebattlady.com Access, Laundromat and up to the minute weather station available. Larry & Kathy Breed, proprietors. 530-862-1560; Lakes Basin 3sIeRRA cOUNTy fIRe sAfe & wATeRsHed cOUNcIL. Provides education & programs www.sierracountrystore.com for fire prevention and preparedness Bassetts to all the citizens of Sierra County in 3bAsseTTs sTATION. 100 Gold Lake Rd. 3sIeRRA cOUNTy HIsTORIcAL sOcIeTy. If order to reduce the loss of lives, personal Café, store, motel, gas, and propane on you enjoy reading stories and learning property, and natural resources from Hwy 49 and Gold Lake Rd. Established about the history of Sierra County, you are wildfire. Explores means of improving 1871. Famous for our hamburger, a great candidate for membership in the water quality, fisheries and habitat, milkshakes, and ice cream. Have most Sierra County Historical Society. Come water supply reliability, river corridor provisions needed for your Sierra join us to help preserve the history of our recreation, forest and fuels management, adventure. Credit cards accepted. county. Dues are: Individual $15; Family reduction of flooding and control of 530-862-1297; www.bassetts-station.com $20; Business $30. Pay to Sierra County erosion and sedimentation in Sierra Historical Society, PO Box 260, Sierra County in conjunction with the recently 20 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe DininG, sHoPPinG, etC. established statewide Integrated Watershed 3HeNNessy HOUse wOOdeN fLAg POLes. sIeRRA bOOsTeR. 530-993-4379; Management Program. Mike Freschi. 100 Railroad Ave, Loyalton. We make www.psln.com/jbuck/sierrabooster.html www.scfswc.com old-style Douglas fir flagpoles up to 45ft in length at our shop in Loyalton at the old sIeRRA sOLId wAsTe. 800-694-2722 3sIeRRA cOUNTy PROsPecT.cOM. Sierra Pacific mill site on Railroad Avenue. Online newspaper. 530-448-9092; To arrange for a shop tour, please contact sIeRRA VALLey cOMMUNITy LIbRARy. SierraCountyProspect.com our foreman, Gary Jackson: 800-285-2122; Loyalton. Open Mon. 1–6, Wed. 1–5 Fri. www.woodenflagpoles.com 11–6. Internet access 3sIeRRA VALLey LOdge. 103 Main St. Off Hwy 49 between Sierraville and Graeagle. 3gARy sTeINgRebe, cPA LTd. 701 Main St. sIeRRA VALLey HOMe ceNTeR. 707-637-6027 530-993-1139; Fax: 530-993-4655 530-993-4331 3sIeRRA VALLey ReALTy. Owned and 703 Main St. 3Lee d. wALkeR, d.d.s. sIeRRA VALLey LOyALTON MUseUM. operated by Kathy & Mike Freschi. Kathy Comprehensive Family Dentistry. 530-993-6754 has been an active Real Estate agent for Business hours: 8 AM–5 PM., Monday over 17 years. The Freschi family has lived through Thursday. 530-993-4728 seNIOR THRIfT sTORe . 530-993-1948 in Calpine for 21 years and their three youngest children attended Sierra County LINdA beesON INcOMe TAx & TIMbeRLINe AUTO PARTs & POweR Schools. Sierra Valley Realty knows Sierra bOOkkeePINg seRVIces. 530-993-4916 eqUIPMeNT. 530-993-4990 County, especially the Sierra Valley. 530- 994-3788; www.svreal.com bLUe MOON bAkeRy. 530-993-4634 TOddLeR TOweRs cHILd cARe ceNTeR. 530-993-4391 gRIffIN PLUMbINg. 530-994-3212 bUck’s TV ANd APPLIANce. 530-249-0191 wHITe’s sIeRRA sTATION. 530-993-1212 sIeRRA VALLey TRAdINg cOMPANy. cHANdLeR ReAL esTATe. www.SierraValleyTrading.com www.graeaglecoldwellbanker.com Portola cOUNTRy cOOkIN’ ResTAURANT. 3J’s feATHeR RIVeR ReNTAL. 55 Delleker sierraVille 530-993-1162 Dr, Portola. Tool & Equipment rental, 3sIeRRA HOT sPRINgs/gLObe HOTeL. Trailer Hitch installation, Sewer Services, 530-994-3773; www.sierrahotsprings.org cOUNTRy geNTLeMAN bARbeR sHOP. Grading, Trenching, Post Holes, Welding 530-993-4511 Services. Contractors Connection Center- cROssROAds feed & RANcH sUPPLy. Free referrals to homeowners, Work Hwy 49 & 89. 530-994-3124 eAsTeRN PLUMAs HeALTH cARe. Force Connection-Qualified temporary 530-993-1225 construction help, Pilot car service. LOs dOs HeRMANOs. Hwy 89 & 49. 530-832-5462 530-994-1058 gOLdeN wesT sALOON. Open all year. 530-993-4467 3PLUMAs-sIeRRA RURAL eLecTRIc Red PONy. 101 Main St. 530-994-3262 cOOPeRATIVe . 73233 State Hwy 70, Portola. HAIR fAIRe. 530-993-4678 Plumas-Sierra REC & it’s subsidiaries THe ROUNd-UP cAfe. Hwy 49 & 89. provide Electricity, Internet, Television and 530-994-3704 HAPPy HeART qUILTs & cOLLecTIbLes. Cellular phone services with a high level 530-993-4299 of reliability for fair and reasonable costs. sId’s PLAce. Hwy 89. 530-994-3339 Office hours are Monday–Friday 8 AM–5 LeONARd’s LOyALTON MARkeT. PM. 530-832-4261; www.psrec.coop 530-993-4397 loyalton 3ALLIANce fOR wORkfORce LOyALTON MObILe esTATes. 530-993-4001 First St. deVeLOPMeNT, INc. 306 530-993-4295; www.aworkforce.org LOyALTON PHARMAcy ANd fLOweR sHOP. 530-993-4343 3eAsT sIeRRA VALLey cHAMbeR Of cOMMeRce . A fun and resourceful LOyALTON sOcIAL HALL ReNTAL. organization here to help you achieve your 530-993-6750 business goals. Join us in networking and improving our community. 530-993-4337; RHONdA’s LIL fROsTy. 530-993-0206 www.eastsierravalleychamber.com 3MeMber OF SIerra COuNTY ChaMber OF COMMerCe 21 WHAT DO YOU THINK? The Sierra County Chamber of Commerce is redesigning its web site. The new, improved site will feature more current and detailed information on playing and visiting the county, living here and moving here. We will also revamp this Visitor’s Guide next season. In order to make the web site and updated Visitor’s Guide the very best it can be, we really want to hear from you. We welcome your thoughts on all things Sierra County: » Why do you come to Sierra County to visit? » What do you do when you are here? » If you live here, tell us why you moved here » What do you love about this place? » What do you not like? » What do you wish there was here that you can’t find? » What could you not do without? Please send us an email to share your thoughts and ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org or write us a note and mail it to: Sierra County Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Ideas, P.O. Box 436, Sierra City, CA 96125 ONLINE RESOURCES Just a few of the many websites with information about Sierra County. When you can’t be here in person, explore Sierra County online and visit virtually with Google Earth. Chamber of Commerce: www.sierracounty.org Historical & Geneaology: Sierra Valley Chamber of Commerce: www.eastsierravalleychamber.com cagenweb.com/sierra Sierra County Government: www.sierracounty.ws archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CADATA/2006-01/1137637981 Sierra Arts Council: sierracountyartscouncil.org www.malakoff.com/goldcountry/downievi.htm Tahoe National Forest: www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe www.malakoff.com/goldcountry/sierraci.htm Road conditions: www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roadns www.californiahistoricalsociety.com/programs/ca_listings/046.html Sierra County School district: www.sierra-coe.k12.ca.us calsign.com/mining/sierra.htm Kentucky Mine: www.kentuckymine.org www.historichwy49.com/Sierraco/sierraco.html Outdoor Recreation: ceres.ca.gov/geo_area/counties/Sierra/landmarks.html Maps, trails: www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com Mining & Minerals: GeoTourism: www.sierranevadageotourism.org www.sierrafoothillmagazine.com/kentucky.html Pacific Crest Trail Hwy 80 to 49: www.pcta.org/planning/during_trip/ www.westernmininghistory.com/towns/california/sierra-city Trail_con_CC.asp?sect=L www.westernmininghistory.com/towns/california/downieville Pacific Crest Trail Hwy 49 to 70: www.pcta.org/planning/during_trip/ Trail_con_CC.asp?sect=M museumca.org/goldrush/dist-alleghany.html Search for Sierra County Trails: www.trails.com museumca.org/goldrush/dist-pokerflat.html Local trail stewardship: www.sierratrails.org museumca.org/goldrush/dist-sierracity.html OHV recreation: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=23049 quarriesandbeyond.org/states/ca/quarry_photo/ca-sierra_county.html Miscellaneous: Online News: Fire News: yubanet.com/fire.php www.sierracountyprospect.com SF State Field Campus: www.sfsu.edu/~sierra www.sierracountygold.com Sierra City: sierracity.com Goodyears Bar: www.goodyearsbar.com Plumas-Sierra County Fair: www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net 22 Please add http:// before these URLs in the browser address bar SIERRA COUNTY NEIGHBORS Sierra County is neighbors with Nevada, Yuba, Lassen Lassen County: Touching Sierra County’s north- and Plumas Counties. eastern border, this County is where you can find the Lassen Volcanic National Park which is well Nevada County: Sharing the middle Yuba River worth a visit. You’ll experience magnificent beauty all along the southern border of Sierra County, this and wilderness in probably one of the least visited County is home to Nevada City, south-west of Sierra National Parks in the country. County, a town that has greatly preserved their Victorian heritage in a beautiful historical downtown. Plumas County: Don’t let the wild nature of Sierra Truckee is another historical Nevada County town, County fool you, there are exceptional golf courses located south-east of Sierra County. This great gateway within 20 minutes of Sierra City and the Lakes Basin. to Lake Tahoe is a good entry point off Interstate 80 North of Sierra County, Plumas County’s golf courses into Sierra County. Lots of good food, cheese & wine are renowned for their lush, wooded settings and is to be had there. spectacular mountain backdrops. There are several located in and around Graeagle. The railroad museum Yuba County: Due west of Sierra County, Yuba in Portola is a favorite stop for visitors, as is the famous County is home of Bullards Bar Reservoir, where you Keddie Wye. Sierra and Plumas Counties share the can enjoy houseboating, camping, boating, and all Sierra Valley, both physically and historically, and other imaginable water sports. this is the headwaters of the Feather River. Sierra County Geology by Eric Chase, CHG The geology of Sierra County, studied injections of molten fluids bearing the county. West of Highway 89 in by scientists for over 150 years, is gold, silver and other valuable the center of the county the mighty every bit as diverse as it’s human, minerals from deep beneath the granitic rocks of the Sierra Nevada wildlife, and plant communities. surface, intrusions that have shaped batholith, the largest of its kind in the cultural landscape of our county, the world, reach the surface. These In the western parts of Sierra County giving birth to mining. same rocks underlie most of the rocks that are hundreds of millions eastern half of the county, but are of years old reflect times of shallow covered by the more ancient rocks seas and volcanoes that coughed up they rose up into almost 150 million molten rock and fire. They carry years ago, when dinosaurs reigned colorful names like the shoo f ly supreme. And sprinkled over the complex, and have been subjected top of these ancient terranes are the to stupendous forces in the past that scoured remnants of glaciers long have folded, crushed, dislocated and since melted away, and the muds even melted them time and time and sands that settled in the bottom again until the landscape is now Photo by rae Bell of a gigantic lake over ten thousand wondrously complex. Many rocks years old, in what is now known in Sierra County have lived such To the east lie less ancient rocks as Sierra Valley. In the geologic tortured lives that even today their that are also rich in value, including record of Sierra County there is truly ages are unknown to science. These limestone and volcanic basalt which something for everyone! ancient rocks are the hosts to later are important economic assets to 23 CamPinG & PiCniCkinG hIGhWaY 49 cAMPINg & PIcNIckINg AReAs 1 carlton flat 8 Indian Rock 2 cal-Ida 9 Union flat 3 fiddle creek 10 Loganville 4 Indian Valley 11 wild Plum 5 Rocky Rest 12 sierra 6 convict flat 13 chapman creek 7 Ramshorn 14 yuba Pass SIerra buTTeS & GOLD LaKe hIGhWaY 15 snag Lake campground 16 Packer Lake Picnic ground 17 diablo camping Area 18 Packsaddle camping Area 19 berger campground 20 sand Pond Picnic ground 21 salmon creek campground 22 sardine campground hIGhWaY 89 23 cold creek campground 24 cottonwood campground 25 bear Valley campground 26 Upper Little Truckee campground 27 Lower Little Truckee campground 28 sagehen campground MAke cAMPgROUNd ReseRVATIONs AT www.RecReATION.gOV OR 1-877-444-6777. 24 ReseRVATIONs ARe MANdATORy. 30 sierra County loDGinG reFerenCe GuiDe 1-800-200-4949 or www.sierracounty.org L= LOdge VH = VAcATION HOMe cce n p A easo s ss R= ResORT c = cAbIN ms om lit y nt a a e IT r roo H = HOTeL/INN RV = RecReATIONAL VeHIcLe s Ar / Ro ea s aci uN i n ard l nt l y i n b o / Re c M = MOTeL Tc = TeNT cAbINs y f Ha tay it s Ph l a c e a ura OF it c Al ic a Ok e s sp Re en n dr bb = bed & bReAkfAsT s f U nic en sta nd a t ol/ ep Pe ch on ed n . t s un r # o Op k it Pi c TV fi r TY Re Po ba Mi Pe cr La 800-296-2289 / RIVER CANYON Indian Valley, Goodyears Bar Downieville The Carriage house Inn 530-289-3573 H 8 a a a a a a Downieville Downieville Creekside Cottage 530-289-3570 C 1 a Downieville Downieville retreat 530-289-2780 VH 1 a a a a a Downieville Downieville river Inn & resort 800-696-3308 / 530-289-3308 r/C 15 a a a a a a a a a Downieville Indian Valley Outpost 530-289-3630 C 2 a a a a a a a Indian Valley 800-671-4084 / The Lure resort 530-289-3465 r 19 a a a a a a a a E. of Downieville “r” Place 530-289-3188 rV 3 a Goodyears Bar 800-296-2289 / river house 530-289-3573 VH 3 a a a a a a Downieville 888-883-5100 / riverside Inn 530-289-1000 H 11 a a a a a a a Downieville Sierra Shangri-La 530-289-3455 C/BB 11 a a a a a E.of Downieville Sierra Streamside Cabins 530-289-3379 C/rV 6/6 a a a a E. of Downieville Two rivers rental 530-289-2748 VH 3 a a Downieville 800-296-2289 / Willoughby’s on the river 530-289-3573 VH 3 a a a a a a a a Downieville SIERRA BUTTES Loganville, Sierra City alibi Vacation rental 530-888-6385 VH 2 a a a a a a sierra City The buckhorn upstairs 530-862-1171 H 1 a a a a a a a a a a sierra City 800-991-1170 / buttes resort 530-862-1170 r 11 a a a a a a a a sierra City 800-682-9848 / herrington’s Sierra Pines 530-862-1151 r 21 a a a a a a a sierra City Kokanee Cabins 530-862-1287 C 5 a a a loganville O’Gara Vacation rental 530-862-1018 VH 7 a a a a a a sierra City Old Sierra City hotel 530-862-1300 H 5 a a a a a a sierra City Sierra Skies rV Park 530-862-1166 rV 29 a a a a a sierra City Sierra Solitude 510-222-4138 VH 3 a a a a sierra City Yuba river Inn 530-862-1122 C 10 a a a a a sierra City LAKES BASIN Loyalton, Sierraville, Calpine Bassets, Various Lakes bassetts Station 530-862-1297 m 3 a a a a a a a a Bassetts Gold Lake Lodge 530-836-2350 l/C 10 a a a a a Lakes Basin 800-862-1530 / Bassetts high County Inn bed & breakfast 530-862-1530 BB 4 a a a Packer Lake Lodge 530-862-1221 l 14 a a a Lakes Basin Salmon Lake Lodge 530-852-0874 tC 14 a a a a a a Lakes Basin Sardine Lake resort 530-862-1196 r/C 9 a a a a a a Lakes Basin SIERRA VALLEY Canyon ranch resort 530-994-1033 C 7 a a a a a Country Cookin’ & Country Inn 530-993-1162 BB 3 a a loyalton Golden West Saloon rstr & Motel 530-993-4467 m 14 a a a Loyalton Maddalena ranch house 530-994-3554 a a a a sierraville VH Sierra hot Springs & Globe hotel 530-994-3773 BB 19 a a a a a a Sierraville Sierra Valley Lodge 707-637-6027 m 12 a a a a a Calpine Sierraville Motel 530-994-3751 rV/m 6 a a a a a a a Sierraville IT n TV k e ms y ms ar r rea rds nt l a n ss nt a ba sp ilit lac aso c he t s O uN cce ye ura oo oo c a c A ol/ fa c Re ep se k it All p A sta s /R in r OF Pe a t / Re dit Po fi r r y en y in Re nit es ic a bo Pe cre nd nic Op st a f U on nd TY L au Pi c Ph Ha # o n. Mi sierra County trail GuiDe ip . tr ils g i ion ra s k ilin r d d t vat tr y e ob ce, rat me lt un ele wm e ing tan ficu ing de uin oo o V sy sno Top x- c Hik dis Mo OH bik dif eq gr ea Henness Pass Road 4900 varies rIVer CaNYON rIDGe a a a a a a Lafayette Ridge bike Trail 5700 30 mi a a a Lafayette Ridge OHV Trail 5 mi a a a brandy city Pond Trail 3600 2 mi a a a a chimney Rock Trail 6800 8 mi a a a a devil’s Postpile Trail 6000 0.2 mi a a empire creek Trail 6800 5 mi a a a a fiddle creek Ridge Trail 4000 8 mi a a a a a a first divide 3400 4 mi a a a a Halls Ranch Trail 4400 11 mi a a a a Lavezzola creek 5400 7 mi a a a a a a North yuba Trail 3000 15 mi a a a a Poker flat OHV Trail 6 mi a a Red Oak canyon OHV Trail 10 mi a a a a second and Third divide Trails 4400 7 mi a a a a a a Haypress creek Trail 5800 6 mi a a a Yuba SIerra PaSS buTTeS PcT North to Loves falls 5000 4 mi a a a PcT/wild Plum Loop Trail 4800 2.5 mi a a a sierra buttes Lookout via PcT 8600 5 mi a a a chapman creek Trail 6400 3 mi a a a a Haskell Peak Trail 8100 3 mi a a a a Lunch creek — yuba Pass ski Trail 6700 9 mi a a a a yuba Pass area 6700 100 mi a a a a a a big boulder 6200 3 mi a a a a a LaSKeS baSIN butcher Ranch Trail 4300 8 mi a a a a a deer Lake OHV Trail 6 mi a a deer Lake Trail 7100 5 mi a a a gold Lake Road 17 mi a a a a a a gold Valley OHV Trails 15.6 mi a a Lakes basin Ridge Trail 6800 24 mi a a a Packer Lake Trail 6400 11 mi a a a Pauley creek Trail 4400 7 mi a a a a a sand Pond Interpretive Trail 6000 0.8 mi a a sardine Lakes Overlook 7100 6.4 mi a a a buttes Lookout via Tamarack Lakes 8600 7 mi a a a summit Lake OHV Trails 5 mi a a Tamarack Lakes Trail 7000 8.4 mi a a a a Upper salmon Lake Trail 7100 4 mi a a a Upper sardine Lake 6000 7 mi a a a a a a badenaugh Trail 8800 4 mi a a a a SIerra VaLLeY bald Ridge Loop 6400 18 mi a a bear Valley Loop OHV Trail 6600 18 mi a a cottonwood creek botanical Trail 5800 0.5 mi a a Little Truckee summit OHV Trails 90 mi a a a a Little Truckee summit winter Trails 110 mi a a a a a a Mt. Lola Trail 9200 19 mi a a a a Overlook Trail 6100 1 mi a a a Pass creek Loop 6800 12 mi a a a Treasure Mountain Loop 7800 25 mi a a a wheeler Loop 6400 5 mi a a 32 william creek/gold Lake Trail 17 mi a a a a a woodcamp creek Interpretive Trail 6200 1 mi a a » Forest City Walking Tour. 287-3413 » 16 to 1 Mine Tours Alleghany. 287-3233 July 3 » Old Time Independence Day Celebration. 1–5 PM. Carnival games, sack races, chicken bingo, fortune telling, bartender CalenDar all phone numbers are 530 unless otherwise noted races, BBQ and more! Sierra Skies Community » USFS Campgrounds, Hiking & Winter Park, Sierra City. 862-1560 Sept 24–25 » 3rd Annual Big City Rod Run Trails. Tahoe National Forest Sierraville and Car Show 2010. Highwaymen Car Club District: 994-3401; Downieville District: July 3 » Hand Felted Farmers Xmas Stocking. — NorCal. Main Street, Sierra City. 862-1088 288-3231 Harvey Farm, Calpine. 994-3617 or 862-1560 » Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Sept 24–25 » Wild & Scenic Film Festival Club. 862-1000 July 4 » Downieville 4th of July Parade and Festivities. Main Street, Downieville Yuba Theatre Downieville. 289-9822 » Skiers and Hikers for Outdoor Enjoyment (SHOE) is a local cross-country skiing and July 4 » Loyalton 4th of July Parade and OctOber 2010 hiking organization. 800-200-4949 Festivities. Main Street, Loyalton Oct 2 » Fall Colors Quilt Retreat. Community Hall, Downieville » Artist Reception at Sierra City Fine Arts July 9–11 » Downieville Classic Bike Race. Gallery. Fourth Saturday 4–7 PM. Refreshments Cross country and downhill race, music & street Oct 9 » Oktoberfest. Street fair, music, vendors, provided. 231 Main St., Sierra City. 862-0607 faire. Downieville. 289-3010 raffle. 10 AM–4 PM. Downtown Sierra City. » Kentucky Mine Concert Series. Kentucky 862-9009 Mine Ampitheatre Sierra City, 862-1300; July 17 » Kentucky Mine Concert Series: “Swing Fever” Kentucky Mine Amphitheatre, Oct 30 » The Ugly Bug Ball. Costume party, » Movie Night at the Yuba Theatre Sierra City. 862-1300 band, no host bar. 7 PM. Community Hall, Sierra Downieville. 289-9822 City. 862-1580 July 17 » Kids’ Fishing Day at Packer Lake May 2010 nOveMber 2010 Authors/Poets and Artists. Alleghany. July 24 » Kentucky Mine Concert Series: Nov 13 » Holiday Bazaar. 10 AM–3 PM 287-3287 “Mumbo Gumbo” Kentucky Mine Amphitheatre Community Hall. Sierra City. 862-1580 Sierra City. 862-1300 May 1 » Springtime Ladies Champagne Nov 13 » E.C.V. Candlelight. Luncheon. Celebrate Mother’s Day. Sierra City. July 31 » Kentucky Mine Concert Series: 862-1580 “Stardust Cowboys” Kentucky Mine Amphitheatre Sierra City, 862-1300 Nov 14 » Fishing Season closes. May 7 » Sierra County Candidates Night at Sheriff’s Tennis Match. Downieville Nov 25 » Miss Jody Thanksgiving Dinner. the Yuba Theatre, Downieville Downieville May 8 » Third Annual Cancer Awareness august 2010 Walk. Info: 289-3438, Downieville DeceMber 2010 Aug 7 » Wine in the Woods. Wine Tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction at Mountain Dec 4 » Holiday on Main Street, Downieville May 21 & 22 » Downieville High School Play Creek Restaurant, Sierra City. Tickets pre-sale Paint Your Wagon. 289-3473 and at the door. 862-9009 or 862-1560 Dec 4 » Holiday Faire. Loyalton May 29–30 » All Around Town Sale. 9 AM– Aug 7 » Kentucky Mine Concert Series: “Joani February 2011 4 PM. Main Street & surrounding area, Sierra Morris: Tribute to Patsy Cline” Kentucky Mine Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed, 3rd Saturday in City. 862-1300 Amphitheatre Sierra City. 862-1300 February. Community Hall, Downieville Memorial Day Weekend » Kentucky Mine Aug 14 » Gold Rush Days, Downieville Museum opens. Sierra City. 862-1310 March 2011 Aug 14 » Indigo Dyeing, Harvey Farms, The Chili Cook-off, Atop the Yuba Pass. Calpine. 994-3617 289-3262 June 2010 Fishing Derby. Downieville. 289-3379 Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. Community Aug 28 » E.C.V. Summer Doin’s. Main Street, Downieville Hall, Sierra City. 862-1580 June 5 » Hand Felted Farmers Market Bag, Harvey Farms, Calpine. 994-3617 Snowbusters Spaghetti Feed. Community Hall, septeMber 2010 Sierra City. 862-1577 June 12 » Tour de Manure, 62 Mile Valley Sept 4–6 » Septemberfest, Donkey Race and Bicycle race. Sierraville. 994-3344 festivities, Downieville april 2011 Sept 4–6 » Giant Rummage Sale. Downieville Easter Egg Hunt. Downieville. June 19 » Kentucky Mine Concert Series: “Bourgeois Gypsies” Kentucky Mine Amphitheatre, Sierra City. 862-1300 Sept 11 » Downieville Antique Bottles Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. & Collectibles Show. 8 AM–3 PM. This Yuba Theatre Downieville. 289-9822 year’s theme is “Western Bottles Round-up July 2010 ”Downieville School Gym. Rick & Cherry April 23 » Fishing Season opens. July 3 » Fireman’s Muster, BBQ and Street Simi, 289-3659 Dance. Downieville. 289-3126 For information on any event or club or specific dates, call the Sierra County Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-200-4949. Sierra County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 436 Sierra City, CA 96125 1-800-200-4949 SIERRA COUNTY AT THE STATE FAIR July 14th – Aug. 1st, 2010 at CAL EXPO in Sacramento Look for our Sierra County Display. Be sure and stop by to vote Sierra County as your favorite county exhibit! Your vote helps us earn points to win an award and potentially $$ for the County.