The Lost Sierra Road Cycling Trip
Location - California
September 3, 2021 - September 6, 2021
Women’s Cycling Trip
Come join us in California for 4 days of riding quiet country roads in the Northern Sierra Nevada, on a women’s only trip. Ride through expansive mountain valleys, alongside the Feather RIver, and enjoy casual lodging, local cuisine, farm-to-table meals, natural hot springs and lots of laughs with Backcountry Babes.
Our cycling trip is led by Backcountry Babes owner Emily Hargraves. Emily has guided bike trips around the world and is thrilled to share her local pedaling paradise with the Babes. We offer a low guide to client ratio of 1:6 to optimize the small group experience.
Duration: 4 Days
Activity Level: Moderate to High. Routes are planned for 20-45 miles a day, with optional add-ons for longer options! Rides are designed to optimize low-traffic roads and great scenery. Although we’ll be surrounded by mountains, our terrain gently flows through valleys and lake shores. We are not cycling mountain passes.
Required Skill Level: Must be able to exercise at 3,000-7,00ft
Tour the Lost Sierra Trip Details
Pick up in Reno, and shuttle to the Lost Sierra. Ride through the largest subalpine meadow in North America, the Sierra Valley. We’ll be surrounded by mountains, enjoying sweeping views, beautiful early fall colors, on roads so empty they feel like they were designed for bikes. End the day with a dip in the river and a casual BBQ on the deck. Shuttle to our private, our-goup-only lodging tonight in Quincy, California.
Explore Quincy, California, a gold rush town. Loop through the American Valley, past barns, farms, gardens, surrounded by mountains. Refuel with lunch at a local restaurant in town, opt for a dip in the snowmelt river, and pedal the afternoon away! Optional natural hot springs on the Feather River this evening after an early dinner.
Ride the Indian Valley between Taylorsville and Genessee. Eat a delicious picnic lunch from the local country market, freshly harvested from local gardens. Enjoy true country life as we toast to our last night of the trip, with a special farm to table dinner.
Get in a great morning ride, enjoy our last lunch with the group, and shuttle back to Reno.
Ends at 4:00pm
What to Expect
- Ride through rolling hills and meadows in the Sierra Valleys
- 4 days guided bike rides on quiet roads
- 3 nights lodging at private lodging, open to our group only
- Fresh, delicious picnics and meals made from locally harvested food whenever possible
- Luggage transportation provided
- Transportation between rides provided
- 1 Backcountry Babe Trip leader for a small group of 2-6 guests
- Camaraderie and fun in a supportive environment
- Have any questions? Email me at [email protected]
Gear Needed for Ride
- Road Bike (rentals available)
- Proper outerwear, gloves, sunglasses etc for spending all day outdoors in various weather conditions
About the Lodging
We will be staying at private lodging in a 2-bedroom house, close to Spanish Creek and the Feather River. Our standard is double occupancy rooms. (Please email [email protected] about single occupancy room supplemental options.)
DRIVE: To Reno, NV. (Or we can meet you for our first ride near Portola CA.)
FLY: to Reno, NV. Trip officially starts in Reno because of all the great flights in and out of the Reno Airport. (Southwest and Alaska airlines both fly here.) If you’d like to arrive the night before, we recommend staying at The Whitney Peak Hotel.
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“I can’t even describe the emotions I feel thinking back to the two backcounty ski hut trips I’ve done in Canada with Backcountry Babes. It’s a lot of “Oh my god that was fun!”, but it was also such a confidence builder. I feel like I can hang, I’m a badass, and now I know all these incredible women that I can use as role models.”Amy H.Canada Hut Trip