Sierra Mountain Biking and Camping – October 2020

Location - California

October 2, 2020 - October 5, 2020

Mountain Bike and Camp the Lost Sierra

Join us for 4 days of mountain biking in rural northern California. Pedals world class single track trails in Quincy and Downieville, taking uphill vehicle shuttles to maximize our downhill riding time.  Our experienced guides will share tips and techniques to help you progress your mountain biking skills.  Enjoy warm days and cool, starry nights camping along the lakes and rivers.  We’ll provide breakfastt, lunch, dinner, private camping, and great camaraderie with the Backcountry Babes.

Covid19 Considerations Update, August 2020:

Yes, we are running this trip!

Mountain Biking shuttle companies in Downieville are currently running with shuttles at reduced capacity, passengers wearing masks and windows venting.  We plan to camp outside, dine outside, and maintain 6 feet of distance while riding. At this point in time we have 2 participants, 1 trip leader, 1 shuttle driver, and room for 3-4 more participants to signup.  We believe this type of small group travel is a risk we can manage, alongside all the other inherent risks of adventure travel and outdoor recreation. (More details regarding our COVID 19 policies in our waiver and responsible together agreement.)

Duration: 4 Days
Activity Level: Moderate
Required Skill Level: Must enjoy riding downhill on single track trails!  We will teach a variety of skills and help you progress throughout the week, while keeping the focus on having fun.  We’ll stop often to regroup, enjoy the scenery, and take our time–this is not a race.

From $1,445.00

Lost Sierra Bike Trip Details

Starts at 9:00am

We’ll pick you up in Reno, and drive to Quincy, CA. Build skills and techniques on rolling, smooth dirt, single track through open forests and mild hills. Kick off dinner with takeout from our local favorite restaurant on our private deck. Camp in a private forested location, near a swimming hole for a dip in the river or take a quick drive to the hot springs.

Shuttle to the top of Mt Hough. Volunteer with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to maintain these beautiful trails! Then enjoy a well earned descent with views of peaks, lakes, and open meadows on a flowy, 11 mile downhill ride. End our ride with a picnic replete with locally harvested fruits and veggies and take a dip in the swimming hole. For the late afternoon, opt to head back to the hot springs or take a 2nd shuttle to Indian Falls Ridge.

Drive to Downieville, California, a gold rush town and mountain biking mecca. Get dropped at the top of the world famous Downieville Downhill and ride 15 miles of flowy, techy, and scenic single track. Opt to add on an additional pedal on some of Downieville’s other trails, or explore the the town of Downieville overlooking the Yuba River. Tonight, we’ll camp next to Yuba River, or upgrade to a rustic cabin.

Grand finale double shuttle ride! Start the day with a different descent from Packer Saddle. On our way back to Reno, we’ll stop at our 2nd shuttle ride: Mill’s Peak. Ride downhill on rocky, technical terrain that we have been building up to, applying your newly practiced skills! Enjoy a final group picnic for a late lunch, and head back to Reno.

What to Expect

  • Pick Up & Drop from Reno, or meet us in Quincy
  • 4 Days Guided Mountain Biking on single track trails
  • Shuttles to the top of our downhill rides are provided
  • 3 nights camping.
  • Fresh, delicious picnics and meals made from locally harvested food. Takeout dinner from local restaurants.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Luggage transportation provided
  • Transportation between rides provided
  • Backcountry Babes Trip leaders in a small group setting
  • Camaraderie and fun in a supportive environment
  • Have any questions? Email us at [email protected]

Not Included

  • Gratuities for your Guide
  • Alcohol
  • Airfare to and from Reno
  • Anything else not listed on “included list”

Gear Needed

  • Full suspension mountain bike with dropper post
  • Demo mountain bikes may be available for an added cost. Please call ahead to make sure there is availability, as mountain bikes are in high demand this year
  • Helmet
  • Proper outerwear, gloves, sunglasses etc for spending all day outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Towel for the Hot Springs
  • Tent and sleeping bag for camping


Spend two nights camping at a private home with just our group, in a forested meadow close to our rides.  Excellent flat camping with access to bathroom, laundry, shower, and a large deck for outdoor dining. Our last night we will camp close to Downieville, either along the Yuba River or along one of the gorgeous lakes in the Lakes Basin.  You may bring your own vehicle and small camper/trailer if you prefer. Email [email protected] if you have questions

Getting There

DRIVE: To Reno, NV or meet us in Quincy, CA

FLY: to Reno, NV.  Trip officially starts in Reno because of all the great flights in and out of the Reno Airport.  If you’d like to arrive the night before, we recommend staying at The Whitney Peak Hotel.


Our trip to Japan was phenomenal! As the location becomes more exotic, it becomes more important to have a guide who knows the area and knows where to find the goodness; Check. Combined with fantastic organization and a small group, we spent all of our time in the enjoyment zone. Kudos to Emily for getting all the elements just right, and creating a lifetime memory.

Casey S.Sante Fe, NM

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.

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This trip was one of the most rewarding outdoor experiences I’ve ever had. Great women, fantastic guides, way too much food, and AMAZING skiing! As soon as I got home I was already signed up for next year’s trip.

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