So where's the Lost Sierra? It's closer than you think.

Splattered with lakes big and small, this beautiful and under-appreciated stretch of forest offers a wealth of recreational opportunities for visitors of all kinds – even the four-legged.
–, June 2016

Traveling to the Lost Sierra is like traveling to a ski resort, and if you’ve never been, you’re missing out!

Google Map to our shop, Yuba Expeditions to ride the legendary Downieville Downhill and get the 411 on all of the Lost Sierra trails. Our shop is only: 1 hr 45 mins from Reno; 1hr 20 mins from Truckee; 2 hrs from Chico and Sacramento; 2 hrs 20 mins from South Lake Tahoe; and about 3 hrs 30 mins from the Bay Area.

Graeagle, Portola, and Quincy are other main towns in the Lost Sierra region. The local trail systems near these towns includes the scenic Lakes Basin (Graeagle) and Mount Hough (Quincy) areas filled with epic rides and hikes like Mills Peak, Sierra Buttes Lookout, and Mount Elwell, which is ranked one of the top rides in the world.

We also have a trail map available you can order online.

Favorite pastimes in the Lost Sierra include:

  • Turn off your phone, disconnect and enjoy silence
  • Go for a hike, ride a mountain bike, moto or horse
  • Hike up to the Sierra Buttes Lookout tower and explore the Pacific Crest Trail and Lakes Basin
  • Hang at the rivers and lakes – tanin’, swimmin’, fishin’, floatin’, rock jumpin’, SUPin’ or kayakin’ – it’s all good
  • Take a History Tour – visit the Sierra City Library, Downieville Museum and The Gallows
  • Visit Will at 49 Wines for a taste of the good life
  • Drink coffee with the locals on the Downieville General Store porch
  • Take a 2- wheeled Graeagle Margarita Tour – Gray Eagle Lodge to Knotty Pine to Coyote Bar and Grill; then get a ride home
  • Shoot pool and shots at the St. Charles in Downieville
  • Drink craft brews and play disc golf at The Brewing Lair in Blairsden
  • Enjoy a burrito and a cold one at La Cocina De Oro in Downieville
  • Volunteer at the Lost and Found, Downieville Classic and Grinduro and have fun!
  • Go for a tour at the Kentucky Mine
  • Fly fishing on the North Yuba and Middle Feather rivers
  • Check out Frazier Falls in the Spring during the run-off
  • Golf on scenic and beautiful courses in Plumas County
  • Take a family bike ride through Freeman and Church meadows
  • Shopping and ice cream in Graeagle with a dip at the Mill Pond

Jamison Creek Trail
Photo: Dan Milner Photography for Bike Magazine

Butcher Ranch Trail – Downieville Downhill

High Alpine Lake Beauty Only A Hike Away!