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SIERRA GRAVEL CAMP | 5 DAY

Looking for a multi-day adventure linking together some world-class gravel, long stretches of remote fireroads, ribbons of quiet tarmac and snippets of singletrack? Look no further! You have found the Holy Grail of gravel touring. Dirt Gypsy Adventures has designed a self-propelled mixed terrain experience for the curious rider that lives in all of us.

 

Explore the raw and unrefined beauty within Northern California’s Tahoe National Forest on five adventure-rich days. Popping in and out of small towns and pedaling to remote peaks, you'll weave your way from Lake Tahoe to Graeagle and Quincy before returning back to Truckee , sampling the best all-road riding along the way. With choice lodging, locally-sourced meals and a rockin' team of guides to show you the way, our Sierra Gravel Camp adventure is a unique alpine experience. So come travel on gravel and discover a new way to ride.

OVERVIEW

 

START & END LOCATION: TRUCKEE, CA     |     TRIP LENGTH: 5 DAYS     |     LODGING: HOTELS     |      GROUP SIZE:  5 - 10

$2,400 PER PERSON

Itinerary

DAY ONE  26 - 36 miles & 2000' - 2900' climbing

Welcome to gravel camp! Arrive by noon today to get things started on the right foot. Our team will assist with bike setup and then you'll embark on a warm up ride to acquaint yourself with the altitude and your fellow adventurers. It’s all about getting settled, which you’ll do across a variety of high sierra terrain on backcountry fire roads as we ride from Truckee to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Tonight’s farm to table, family style welcome dinner will be a great time to go over logistics for the days ahead and share some laughs with your fellow gravel heads.

DAY TWO  33 - 62 miles & 3100' - 6000' climbing

Today’s two-states tour is sure to plant a smile on your face and leave sine dust on your brow. Riding from base camp, you’ll cycle the Tahoe Pyramid Trail east along the Truckee River and cross the border into Nevada. Here, the singetrack is traded for fire roads where you’ll climb north past abandoned mines into Dog Valley with alpine peaks fighting for your attention. A rewarding descent will bring you to the watershed zone, meaning there are a few swimming holes to cool down in for those needing a refresh. Back in Truckee you’ll have time to explore town and see what’s happenin’ before another proper feast to top off on reserves before tomorrow’s epic.

DAY THREE  39 - 75 miles & 3100' - 6200' climbing

Get ready for the longest mileage stage of our camp. We’ll ride out to the remote confines of Sardine Valley along historic Henness Pass Road before roaming over to Kyburz Flat and Webber Lake – a stunning spot worth removing the helmet at to enjoy some lunch. A proper climb awaits you this afternoon en route to Yuba Pass and the finale of today's route delivers you to the Inn at Nakoma, a tucked away gem in the heart of the Lost Sierra. Tonight is spent sharing tales of the day over a locally sourced dinner prepared especially for our group.

DAY FOUR  47 - 72 miles & 3300 -7200' climbing

Awake and stretch out during our group’s well-timed private yoga session this morning. Once kitted up, you'll spend today refining your grace atop the gravel grinder and enjoying the impressive surroundings of Smith Peak, Genese & Taylorsville - just a few of the gems along the way. Our highpoint and highlight of today's route is Mount Hough, where the adventurous can opt for 9 miles of fast & smooth singletrack bliss descending into Quincy. Aprés is done right this afternoon at the Brewing Lair with a casual beer tasting before landing back at the Inn at Nakoma to unwind by the pool and soak up the tranquility that resonates from within the property. Dinner tonight will feature more delicious food that's certain to taste magnificent after today's effort. Raise a toast to the miles you've put behind you thus far and to those you'll conquer on tomorrow's final route.

DAY FIVE  38 - 63 miles & 3700' - 5100' climbing

You’ve ridden some considerable distances, have eaten like royalty, relaxed like a cat and refined the art of harvesting the perfect farmer’s tan. Bravo! It's time to pack your bags this morning as we set off on our final leg of this gravel camp and return to North Tahoe. Two rides on offer today, allowing you to either take it easy or drain the battery. A spin up to Mills Peak high above Mohawk Valley or a longer point to point that delivers you back into Truckee. We love to round out this camp with a plunge in the cool waters of Donner Lake while unwinding over a cold one. Then it's time to bid your camp mates and guides farewell...until the next trip, of course.

Lodging

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Cedar House in Truckee, CA - 2 nights

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Inn at Nakoma in Clio, CA - 2 nights

Dates

  • July 11 - 15, 2021

  • August 15 - 19, 2021

  • September 12 - 16, 2021

  • October 10 - 14, 2021

Pricing

  • $2,400 per person based  on double occupancy​ (add $395 for single supplement)

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Details

  • Seasons

    • For private departures, the above sample itinerary can be generally by offered June - October, when the  weather is most ideal for riding and the snowpack has melted out in the region. Contact us to arrange a tour around your specified dates.

  • Inclusions

    • Guided & fully-supported rides​

    • Professional expertise and regional knowledge of 2 cycling guides

    • 4-nights accommodations

    • Ground transportation during the trip in Vincent, our super comfortable passenger van

    • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners

    • Daily ride nutrition (bars, gels, powders, fruits & snacks)

    • Post ride beers

    • Mechanical support of your bicycle throughout the duration of the tour

    • Bike box storage (for those bringing their personal bike)

    • Park entry fees and permits

    • Pre- and post-tour transport from/to Reno-Tahoe International airport (RNO)

    • Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks and cycling cap

  • Exclusions

    • Bicycle rental (carbon gravel bikes can be added for an additional $300)

    • Airfare​

    • Travel costs to/from trip start

    • Pre/post trip lodging

    • Travel insurance

    • Personal purchases

    • Passport / travel Visa requirements

    • Alcoholic beverages with meals

    • Guide gratuities

  • Getting Here

    • Trip begins and ends in Truckee at a central location​ unless a pickup from Reno is requested

    • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the closest airport with frequent flights serving areas across the nation

    • Pre and post tour lodging available at a variety of hotels throughout Reno & Tahoe

    • You will receive a comprehensive tour itinerary and trip planner with additional details after booking your tour and paying your deposit

    • Our staff is happy to provide additional travel suggestions to maximize enjoyment on your visit to North Lake Tahoe