Base Camps

2015 Overnight Accommodations

Each evening we’ll set up “Base Camps†in carefully chosen, comfortable locations along the route where we will sleep, eat, celebrate, enjoy live music, lick our wounds and set out to local points of interest (a dip in the lake perhaps?).

We encourage all riders to camp with us. If you prefer to not camp, motel rooms or other lodging are not included in the registration fee and would be at an additional cost to you. Transportation to and from hotel rooms is the responsibility of the rider. (Due to the size and remoteness of some towns, motel accommodations may be limited.)

Day 0 and Day 5: Nevada City, CA (Nevada Union High School)

DESTINATION INFO: The Nevada City/Grass Valley area has been called one of the “friendliest, liveliest and most colorful†of all California Gold Rush areas. Its historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nevada City is considered to be among the best historically-preserved towns of the West. Visitors enjoy fine restaurants, live theatre and music, antiques, art galleries and museums. Ringed by deep green hillsides and bordering the Tahoe National Forest, it is located just minutes from sparkling Sierra lakes and rivers. Over the years, the local lifestyle has attracted artists, writers, musicians and retirees.

BASE CAMP LOCATION: We will set up Base Camp on the spacious green playing fields at Nevada Union High School, located between Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Day 1: Chili Bar (The Nugget)

DESTINATION INFO: From this area on the American River near Placerville, California Gold Country was made famous. In 1848 gold was discovered in the stream-bed of the South Fork of the American River in Coloma. When news of the discovery reached San Francisco, it triggered the 1849 Gold Rush, dramatically changing the history of our nation. Today this same river and its valley, is known throughout California for its whitewater rapids and beautiful rural communities dotted with orchards, vineyards, ranches, campgrounds, and small-town businesses.

BASE CAMP LOCATION: We will set up Base Camp at the Nugget Riverside Resort Campground (keep your eyes peeled for gold!). The campgrounds are located right on the bank of the South Fork of the American River near the town of Placerville, just a few miles upstream from where gold was discovered in Coloma.

Day 2: Kirkwood (Kirkwood Resort)

DESTINATION INFO: The Kirkwood Valley lies in a spectacular alpine setting near the fabled Carson Pass.  This picturesque alpine dream-scape sits atop the Sierra Crest between 7,800 and 9,800 feet. During the Summer Months, the fields of wildflowers among the dancing aspen will take your breath away!

BASE CAMP LOCATION: We will set up Base Camp in the heart of the valley at Kirkwood Resort, next to the main lodge at the base of the ski hill.

Day 3: Lake Tahoe (Camp Richardson)

DESTINATION INFO: Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake. The lake and its basin were shaped during the most recent ice age and is known for its clarity, emerald-blue color, and the surrounding mountain vistas.

BASE CAMP LOCATION: We will set up Base Camp at Camp Richardson, “A place reminiscent of a time when friendship was a lifelong endeavor and vacation meant leaving your troubles at the door.†and a year-round destination camp/resort on the shore of one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world.

Day 4: Sierraville (Sierra Hot Springs)

DESTINATION INFO: The Sierra Valley lies North of Truckee. This broad, open valley is stretched out beneath surrounding mountain summits and beautiful green forests. It features a mix of sagebrush, juniper, agricultural fields, and wetlands formed by the headwaters of the Feather River. The whole area is known for its waterfowl raptors, spring migrants and marsh birds. Sandhill Cranes often nest in the valley!

BASE CAMP LOCATION: We will set up Base Camp at the Sierra Hot Spring, a non-profit retreat and workshop center located at the cusp of an enchanted forest and beautiful alpine valley. Here, it is impossible to resist the overwhelming sense of tranquility. The natural spring water is as smooth as silk, and the pools offer a truly relaxing experience. For centuries, Native Americans have regarded this land as a sacred healing place. You will discover for yourself, its incredible powers of healing and serenity.


All food is included and there will be plenty of it. Meals will be healthy, delicious and designed to feed hungry cyclists. Vegetarian options will always be available. Breakfast and dinner will be buffet style goodness. For lunch, our riders have suggested that they prefer to have their lunch spread out along the ride. There will be multiple mid-day snack stops with plenty to eat provided along the daily route. If you have any specific dietary needs or concerns please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.


We will have live music each evening at our Base Camps. After a good day in the saddle, musicians from the local communities will join the party to get our toes tappin’ and hands in the air. Acts range from a stool sitting guitar duo to a full on blue grass band; sure to feed our musical souls!

Medical Support

Cycle the Sierra has gone to great lengths to assure your safety on this tour. In addition to the medical support provided during the ride there will be a Physicians Assistant with basic first aid supplies stationed in each Base Camp to assist with ride-related medical issues. (Automatic external defibrillators will also be available at each Base Camp.)

Base Camp Extras

MASSAGE THERAPISTS: Several massage therapists will be providing services at our Base Camps. Massage services are not included in your rider fee – it’s the rider’s responsibility to handle payment and coordinate scheduling at Base Camps with the therapists.

BEER/WINE: For those of you who would enjoy a “cold oneâ€Â at the end of a great day, beer and wine will be available at our Base Camps. Beer/wine are not included in your rider fee. Please bring cash and drink responsibly!