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SIERRA COUNTY Lakes Basin Recreation Area & Sierra Buttes Bassett’s Station Calpine T H I N G S Vinton T O D O Loyalton Downieville Sierra City Sattley YUBA DONNER SCENIC BYWAY Sierraville Indian Valley Riv North Yuba e r Forest City 89 The Byway is a 160 mile scenic and historic loop mainly through Sierra and Nevada Counties. Although the route uses all- weather highways that are open all year, closures due to snow are possible. Driving times: Entire Route–3 hr. 15 min. Nevada City to Downieville 1 hr. Downieville to Sierraville 45 min. Sierraville to Truckee 30 min. Truckee to Nevada City 1 hr. Alleghany Camptonville Middle N. San Juan Yuba Rive r 89 To Reno er Sou th Yuba Riv Truckee Donner Lake Soda Springs 89 Nevada City Grass Valley To Lake Tahoe ANDREW To Sacramento and Auburn Outdoor Activities MOUNTAIN/ROAD BICYCLING: Check out the well maintained trails around Downieville. Or, pedal through the Sierra Valley. ENJOY THE WATER: Fly fish or pan for gold on the North Fork of the Yuba River. See Sierra Valley by kayak. LAKES BASIN RECREATION AREA: At Bassetts Station take scenic Gold Lake Road to the end near Graeagle. The area has the 8,587 foot Sierra Buttes, 45 mountain lakes and rustic resorts. In the winter, the road is popular with cross country skiers and snowmobilers. Sierra Valley Tahoe National Forest Because much of Sierra County is located within the Tahoe National Forest, there are many opportunities for outdoor activity. Along Hwy. 49 from the Middle Fork of the Yuba River to the Yuba Pass are the areas of Indian Valley, Downieville, Sierra City, Sierra Buttes and Gold Lake Road where campgrounds, trails, lakes and rivers are found. For some history, pick up “49 Miles Along Highway 49.” This brochure, as well as information, on where to access the Pacific Crest Trail and maps can be found weekdays at the Yuba River Ranger District office on Hwy. 49 and Marysville Rd. near Camptonville, (530) 288-3231. The eastern part of the county is served by the Sierraville Ranger District, 317 S. Lincoln St. (Hwy. 89), (530) 994-3401. The office has information on nearby campgrounds, trails and fishing. YUBA PASS: Stop at the Sierra Valley Overlook on Hwy. 49 for a wonderful panoramic view of the valley and surrounding Sierra Nevada. There is also a snow park at the pass. BIRD VIEWING: Although good throughout the county, a special place for bird viewing is the Sierra Valley. This is a well known area due to its extensive wetlands and location on a major flyway. eastsierravalleychamber.com SIERRA HOT SPRINGS: Located near Sierraville, this is one of the few public/private hot springs in the Sierra. sierrahotsprings.org Information Tahoe National Forest, fs.usda.gov/tahoe/ sierracountygold.com sierracountychamber.com N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D . c o m 63