Gold Lakes, Sierra Buttes, 45mi

Bassets Station - Search Nearby - Added by Tahoe Loco

45 mile ride with 7,000 feet of climbing. Ride with views of the Sierra Buttes on your return leg. Duration: 4-5 hours.

If you never travel north of the Tahoe Basin into the Sierra Valley and beyond, you should. It is gorgeous, peaceful country, with wide open spaces and, compared to Tahoe, relatively uncrowded roads. This loops takes us from Bassett’s Station toward Sattley, north on 89, a brief stop to regroup in Graeeagle and then south on Gold Lake Highway and back to Bassets. It totals about 45 miles with about 5000 feet of climbing.

Start: You can start anywhere on the loop, but a good place is Bassett’s Station on Highway 49. There is a small store here and some public parking and bathrooms across the way. It is also a stopping point for the Downieville shuttles taking mountain bikers into the nearby wilderness. From Truckee take 89 N and just past Sierraville, turn left on Hwy 49, drive all the way to Bassett’s station, about 12 miles. Turn North on Gold Lakes Rd, turn into the parking lot immediately off of Hwy 49. It’s about a half hour from Truckee.The ride: We take this loop going east first on 49 toward Sattley. But either way you go you are going to be doing some climbing right away. Our route takes you up about 1000 feet in the first seven miles, then down even more as you descend toward Sattley. After about 14 miles total you reach the junction with 89, which you take north. Here you climb again before descending to the lowest point in the route, the town of Graeagle. We recommend passing the left turn to Gold Lakes Highway and going the “extra mile” into town to regroup and refresh at the General Store on your right. After the break, retrace your steps and turn right this time onto Gold Lakes Highway, and prepare to climb again. Although the scenery is beautiful with the Buttes eventually in front of you, you will be huffing about 2000 feet in about 7 miles to a false summit. After a short descent you climb again, another few hundred feet to the actual summit, then begin a long, swooping descent back to Highway 49 and the finish. Watch out for boats and trailers on Gold Lakes Highway. That can be the only downside of this ride. Source

Activities

Fitness, Cycling

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Lake
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

Reno KOA at Boomtown

Reno, Nevada

From $120/night

Falling Waters Oasis

Grass Valley, California

From $63/night

Outsite Heavenly

South Lake Tahoe, California

Community Photos

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Tours

More Tours

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Camp at Salmon Creek Campground

Adventure

Hike the Sierra Buttes and Sardine Lakes

Adventure

Backpack the PCT from the Yuba River to Fowler Peak

Adventure

Hike to Frazier Falls

More Nearby Adventures