Mountain Epic at Indian Valley Campground
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The spring Mountain Epic is presented by our friends at Santa Cruz Bicycles. Thanks SCB!
Join us for our Mountain Epic weekend in beautiful Indian Valley, located 10 miles downstream of Downieville on the sandy banks of the North Yuba River. In typical Mountain Epic fashion, we’re gearing up for a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of recreating, relaxing, BBQ-ing, camping under the stars, and restoring sweet Sierra singletrack.
This spring’s Mountain Epic route starts and ends at Indian Valley Camp Ground and includes an out and back to Downieville on the North Yuba Trail, with an added bonus of the Divide Loop for those that are feeling their oats. We’ve offered this route in the past and it was a great adventure with a ton of singletrack. The out and back to Downieville is 31 miles with 5,400’ of elevation gain. If you throw in the bonus loop, the route becomes 47 miles with 7,500’ of gain. Both routes are 95% singletrack.
To make the ride more enjoyable, we’ll have a fully stocked aid station in Goodyears Bar and a lunch stop in Downieville at the Yuba Expeditions bike shop. Ah yes, another bonus of being an SBTS member; ride support and lunch fixins along the way! For those arriving in Downieville with nothing left in their legs, we’ll have a complimentary Yuba shuttle returning to Indian Valley.
Once everyone returns to camp, we’ll have a big-time BBQ and prize drawings with a competition for the grand prize. For those 21 and over, we’ll be drinking cold beer from Under Cover Ale Works. A perfect Sierra blend and a great way to celebrate the trails we’ve all worked so hard to build and maintain.
Sunday’s Trail Daze work day will feature two separate trail projects: one on the North Yuba Trail near the town of Goodyears Bar, and another in downtown Downieville constructing a pathway along the North Yuba River.
Our Trail Kids crew will be on-site with fun adventures planned for the little ones. Trail Kids is open to youth ages 5-11 who want to play games, learn about the trails and use tools that are just their size. Read more here…..
Schedule of Epic Events:
- arrive and relax
- 8am - 9:30am: Registration and breakfast
- 9:45-10am: Rides and hikes depart from Indian Valley campground after orientation
- 5pm - 10pm: Barbecue, Beer, Raffle & good times...
- 8am - 9:30am: breakfast
- 9:30am: Trail Work begins
Meeting Location: Indian Valley Campground
- Meals on Saturday:
- Breakfast bagels, coffee and juice
- Aid station in Goodyears Bar and lunch in Downieville
- Post ride snacks and refreshments, and another one of Wayno’s famous BBQs
- Meals on Sunday:
- Breakfast scramble
- Sack lunch
- *** Bring additional snacks or food if you have special meal requirements. Vegetarian options will be available.
- Your bike if you ride
- Gloves, work boots/shoes, backpack, hat (for trail work)
- Hydration pack
- Camping gear (headlamp, sleeping bag, the usual)
- Layers (it will get cold at night and be warm in the day)
- Special food that you like that we may not have
- Towel, technu, rubbing alcohol for poison oak removal
- Musical instruments for jamming
- Anything else you want to share... frisbees, hacky sacs, whatever, it's almost summer!
More: Help us go green, please bring your own insulated cup, and packable containers for lunches
(2 hours) Interstate 80 east to Highway 49 north through Nevada City towards Downieville. Once you cross the bridge over the North Fork of the Yuba River, Indian Valley is approximately 1.5 mile. Campgrounds are on the river side, and Indian Valley Campground is after Carlton Flat and Fiddle Creek Camps.
(2 hours) Interstate 80 west towards Truckee. Highway 89 north through Sierraville to Highway 49. Turn left onto Highway 49 and follow it through Downieville. Indian Valley Campground is approximately 11 miles downstream from Downieville, and is immediately after Rocky Rest Campground on the river side.
You must be a current SBTS member to attend an Epic. You can renew online or renew at the event with cash or check. Minimum donation for an annual membership is $50/yr, but the best way to become a SBTS Member is to sign up under Core Membership, which is a re-occuring monthly membership that starts at $10 per month. You can also sign the family up with a Core Family Membership, good for a family of 4 and starts at $25 per month.
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