SIERRA GRAVEL CAMP | 5 DAY

Looking for a multi-day adventure linking together a blend of proper 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

INTENSITY INDEX :     AEROBIC:  3-4  |  TECHNICAL: 2-3  |  OVERALL: 3-4

$1,975 PER PERSON

Itinerary

DAY ONE  up to 36 miles, 2900' climbing

Welcome to gravel camp! Arrive by 1pm this afternoon and get things started on the right foot. You’ll get going with bike setup and 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 and back. Tonight’s farm to table, family style welcome dinner will be a great time to go over tour logistics for the coming days ahead.

DAY TWO  up to 62 miles, 6000' climbing

Today’s two-states tour is sure to plant a smile on your face and 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  up to 75 miles, 6,000' climbing

Don’t skimp on coffee and a solid brekkie this morning – you’ll need some proper fuel to crush the longest mileage stage of our camp. On today’s journey you’ll discover how comfort comes in many forms. At times it's while freewheeling from the drops on a welcomed bit of tarmac or while motoring along ribbony stretches of trail under a canopy of pine and aspen. 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 which delivers us to Yuba Pass and the finale of today's route delivers you to the Lodge at Nakoma, a tucked away gem in the heart of the Lost Sierra. Get settled. Tonight is spent sharing tales of the day over a locally sourced dinner prepared especially for our group.

DAY FOUR  up to 62 miles, 5.900' climbing

Awake and stretch out during our group’s private yoga session. Touching your toes will prove to be more advantageous than touching that snooze button this morning. After breakfast you’ll get reunited with your well-rested bike and set out on today’s adventure – a traverse across the Plumas National Forest. Making our way west, we've got significantly less mileage today, but it isn’t a gimme by any means. Spend your time today refining your grace atop the gravel grinder and enjoying the impressive surroundings. Our highpoint and highlight of today's route is Mount Hough, a jewel for mountain bikers that flock from all over to descend its smooth, fast and flowy trails on the outskirts of Quincy. After today's ride, we'll transfer by van to the Brewing Lair for a casual beer tasting before landing back at the Lodge at Nakoma to unwind by the pool and soak up the tranquility that resonates from within the property. Our dinner tonight will feature more delicious food paired with some of the best company from the region. 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  up to 60 miles, 5,100' climbing

You’ve ridden some considerable distance, have eaten like royalty and refined the art to harvesting the perfect farmer’s tan. It's time to pack your bags this morning as we set off on our final leg of this gravel camp and return to Truckee by bike. We'll begin our southern journey with a stop off at the Calpine fire lookout and take in the views of the Sierra Buttes and impressive amount of terrain we've canvassed in the past few days. What follows is a forgiving stretch of pavement as we cut through the Sierra Valley before consuming a hefty dose of dirt on our return through Sardine Valley. It’s an easy finish as you tick off the final handful of miles rolling into Truckee. After you unwind over a cold one and a rejuvenating plunge in Donner Lake, it’s time to bid your camp mates and guides farewell.

Lodging

Private House in Truckee, CA - 2 nights

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Lodge at Nakoma in Clio, CA - 2 nights

Dates

  • June 07 - 11, 2020

  • July 12 - 16, 2020

  • August 02 - 06, 2020

  • September 20 - 24, 2020

Pricing

  • $1,975 per person based  on double occupancy​ (add $395 for single supplement)

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 (Giant Revolt Advanced can be added for $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

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