Washoe Indians | The People Who Lived Here 5,000 Years Ago

It is estimated that over five thousand years ago, people have crossed the Sierra Nevadas right where you'll be sleeping during the Sierra Stake Out. Long before the "discovery" of this area by Euro Americans, this pass was a travel corridor for Native Americans such as the Washoe Indians. The name of their tribe derives from the Washoe word, waashiw (wa·šiw), meaning "people from here."

The Washoe tribe were skilled basket makers and wove the baskets so closely that they could contain the smallest of seeds and hold water. Neighboring Native Indian tribes of the Washoe were the Ute, Koso, Paiute, Panamint, Pueblo, Walapi and the Shoshone tribes. They were long-time enemies of the Northern Paiute who drove them from their tribal lands in Nevada to California.

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The ability to continue to survive in their home territory was put to a severe test, especially during the mining booms of the nineteenth century that centered around the California gold rush and the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, Nevada. The mining boom brought in large numbers of miners and settlers, displacing Washoe from access to traditional resources. Washoe people took jobs working as ranch hands and domestic servants, finding a new economic niche. This adaptation was not without cost: the Washoe suffered severe population loss from poverty and disease and lived under prejudicial treatment by Euro-Americans, evidenced by threats to Washoe language, religion, and culture.

Washoe have withstood the test of time and continue to live near or on their aboriginal lands. By 2007, tribal membership was approximately 1,500. Although never awarded large-acreage reservations, many Washoe inhabit small tribal acreage sites known as “colonies” to this day. 

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Sierra Stake Out 2 | Ticket Transfers & FAQ


We wanted to make this as easy as we possibly could, so here is a step by step guide on how to transfer your tickets to Sierra Stake Out 2 to a happy camper who may have missed out. Make sure to read the FAQ on the bottom as it will answer all questions you might ponder on this.

1.       Find your ticket confirmation in your inbox.  If you bought through Facebook, the ticket confirmation went to the email that you used to create your Facebook page. Open it up and scroll down to the bottom to where you see “login” and click it.


2.       Click the on your tickets. A new page will pop up with an option to edit. The edit button in the upper right hand corner.



3.       Now you can add the new ticker holder’s first name, last name, and email address. Double check you have entered all information correctly for the new ticket holder.  Don’t forget to click the “SEND NEW CONFIRMATION TO ATTENDEE” box.


4.       Confirm with ticket buyer that they have received confirmation.

5.       Congrats! You have successfully transferred your ticket(s) to the SSO 2.


Can I sell my passenger ticket to a motorcyclist / sell my motorcyclist ticket to a passenger?

You sure can! Do not worry about changing the ticket type from motorcyclist to a passenger and vice versa, you’ll be fine as both Motorcyclist and Passenger tickets get you into the event. There is no special treatment for either ticket, it's simply a way for us to plan on space via how many motos will be on site. 

I need a parking pass for my 4 wheel vehicle and you are out! What do I do?

Sadly you are SOL unless you can find one for sale from another attendee. We simply do not have room for any more vehicles on the property. Ride your bike or carpool with someone who has a parking pass.

When is the last day to transfer my tickets?

You have until July 27th 12:00 pm sharp to transfer. After that, we go to print and won’t be able to adjust for any special cases as we’ve ran out of time to assist you. Please do not DM, email, smoke signal, rant or rave, if you have missed this deadline because it won’t help your “just this one time favor” request.

How will I know my tickets got transferred to me or to the new ticket holder?

As the seller, you are 100% responsible for ensuring the new ticket holder has the tickets in their name reflected on their driver’s license. Make sure you enter their first name, last name, and their email correctly and have them confirm they received the tickets in their name. Buyer, make sure these are in your name as we go off a guest list and not printed tickets.

What kind of payment does the seller /buyer needs to use for the transfer?

That’s up to you both to determine. We are not involved in any transactions between buyer and seller and highly suggest that the seller confirms payment has been made before executing a transfer.

How do I find out if anyone can’t go and needs to offload their tickets?

Post on our facebook page or instagram. We will be doing a few posts closer to the events asking if anyone has tickets to sell to help out here. Comment under these posts with how many you are looking for and DM away!

SIERRA STAKE OUT 2017 PHOTO FEATURE - @rambleonphoto

Last year, we had the pleasure of being introduced to Curtis Morgan, aka @rambleonphoto. He had been riding around the Northwest with MC Dumptruck and decided to come down to see what the event was all about. After realizing the event was already sold out, he generously offered is photography services in exchange for a ticket. We accepted and below are a few glimpses of what he caught on camera last year.


We are pleased to announce tickets for the Sierra Stake Out 2 are now L I V E! Come camp, dos si do, and ride some of the most beaautiful back roads the Sierras have to offer for 3 days and 2 nights. 

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Welcome to Northern California Gold Country. Home of pine forests, raging rivers, clear lakes, and some of the best riding in the world. The Sierra Stake Out is a 3 day 2 night motorcycle campout. Located at the private Cisco Grove Campground just 70 miles east of Sacramento, this event serves as a prime kick off spot to explore the Sierra Nevadas.

Head over to pristine Lake Tahoe, pay homage to the Donner Party where they met their demise in 1846, cross some epic bridges, or hang back and cool off in our private river fed watering hole. Our campground provides tons of shade, dozens of places to charge equipment, fresh spring water, and even some real bathrooms to accommodate our guests. The grounds feature a fully stocked camp store and a gas station is conveniently located nearby for quick fuel ups before or after your ride for the day. The Sierra Stake Out will also feature live entertainment, a bike show, food truck, raffle, adult beverages, and a fully stocked espresso and coffee bar if you need a little pick me up. Grab your friends, pack up your gear, and join us August 3-5, 2018 for a weekend of moto camping and adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


Your Ticket Price Includes:

  • 2 nights of camping
  • Bathroom and shower access
  • Route maps for various day rides
  • 2 nights of music and live entertainment
  • Spring fed potable water (this means it's drinkable from the tap) 
  • All you can drink beer (while supplies last)
  • One hell of a weekend

Our Campsite Offerings:

  • Private river and watering hole
  • Fully stocked camp store (beer, snacks, etc for purchase)
  • Food truck on site with breakfast and dinner for purchase
  • Bar with all the mix drinks for purchase
  • Espresso drinks and coffee for purchase
  • Gas station at exit for easy refueling (ATM access) 
  • Gorgeous views of the Sierras
  • Lots of shade and places to hang your hammock. 

Looking for the best route from your location? Click HERE

Want more info? Click HERE

Have questions? Click HERE


Is your event all ages? Pet friendly?

The Sierra Stake Out is 21 and up! Since you are allowed to bring in your own adult beverages, we cannot have anyone on the grounds under 21 as we are regulated by the local Sheriff's Department and they have a zero tolerance policy.  NO PETS. 

Are we pre-assigned camping spots?

You'll be able to pick your spot when you arrive. There is tons of room, shade, and bathrooms in the area for your convenience. No,  you won't have a 10 acre plot all to yourself so be ok with getting to know your neighbors. This is what moto camping events are all about. Did we mention there's dozen of places to charge your stuff as well as spigots to fill up your canteen with fresh spring water!?!

Are tickets refundable or transferable? 

We are sorry but we are unable to refund. But you can transfer up until July 27th. Click HERE and do it yourself as the ticket MUST be in the new attendees name.  Sierra Stake Out is not responsible for transferring your tickets. If you miss the deadline, sorry, after July 27th we are in full production and have gone to print. No exceptions, no special one time favors, etc. 

Can I buy multiple tickets? 

You can buy multiple tickets for your group.  However, please realize you will be the sole person in control of collecting and distributing the tickets. Be prepared if you open this can of worms as we don't want to be the ones telling your buddies they can't get in until you show up. 

What does a ticket cover? 

A ticket gets you 2 nights and 3 days camping at our reserved campground, live entertainment & music both nights, a raffle ticket, and all you can drink adult beverages while supplies last. You can expect to get your money's worth as we are big on under promising and over delivering. 

Are Cars / Pull Behind Trailers / RVs Cool?

Cars and Trucks: We do encourage you to ride your motorcycle but understand that “things” happen or you need a chase vehicle.  If you do bring a 4 wheel vehicle, you will have to pay additionally for a Vechicle Pass cause they take up 4 x more room. Moto camping will be in one section and cars in another. They are within a few hundred feet, but the best spots will be reserved for everything on two wheels.

Trailers: Sorry, these will not be allowed into the event space this year due to space restrictions. 

RVS: This event cannot handle rvs/motorhomes at this time.

I am arriving late, what do I do?

We've hired 24/7 check in staff and security to help you get in no matter what time you arrive. We do recommend getting in for the night by 6:00PM as that is when most of the festivities will kick off.

Are services close by?

There is a gas station and a Subway right off the exit for the event site. At the front entrance to the campground, there is a great little convenience store where you can pick up water, snacks, adult beverages, sun screen, and most other general camping supplies (glow sticcckkkksss). 

How do I eat? 

For your convenience, we'll have some vendors on site where you can buy a meal, coffee, and/or adult beverage. These vendors can be expected to be open for breakfast and dinner, but will most likely be closed down during the day while everyone is out exploring the area. Please bring cash as wifi is hit or miss. 

I am a brand and want to get involved, whom do I speak with?

Our events are private so please contact us by emailing sponsors@sierrastakeout.com  prior to sending anyone out on your brand's behalf. 

What type of motos are allowed?

All street legal motorcycles are welcome. 

I don't ride, can I still attend? 

You might get bored during the day while everyone is out riding the local roads but we'd be happy to have you. We hope this event acts as a catalyst to get you on a motorcycle if you decide to come in your car the first time around.

How do I become a vendor?

Sorry, this is a non-vending event. This event is about exploring the Sierra Nevada area on two wheels and making friends around the camp. Ask us how to get involved by emailing sponsors@sierrastakeout.com for sponsor opportunities 

Are you going to have campfires?

We'll have 4 different designated burn barrels set up in the main common area. Besides that, there are no other fires allowed due to excessive fire danger. 

Will this event sell out of tickets?

If you came last year, you know this event sold out so don't drag your feet. It's going to sell out again. 

Are Colors allowed?

Due to our agreements with the campground, we can not allow anyone wearing club colors into the venue. 


For those of you who like to know a little more about what you just got yourself into, look no further. Give this a good read, review our rules and regs for the event, and also take a quick look at the FAQ. If you can't find it here or there, feel free to email info@sierrastakeout.com. We are happy to answer any questions you have prior to arrival.

SHELTER: Our campsite is sectioned off in the Cisco Grove Campgrounds. Our area has tons of shade, so bring your tents and hammocks. Every spot is beautiful so you really can't lose. 

WATER: Running water is everywhere and is drinkable from tap since it comes from a private spring fed well. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle. 

TOILETS & SHOWERS: We do have real toilets and showers in our section. We've also brought in more than enough port-o-potties to sprinkle around the campgrounds to help make it easier on our guests. These portos have scheduled cleanings so no dump runneth over! 

FOOD: We have Pie for the People on site with food for purchase so you don't have to go off foraging the wilderness. They will be vending various pizzas, roasted veggies, salads, and some sort of desert that we've never heard of before but sounds delicious. 

ADULT DRINKS: We do have a free 805 and Sailor Jerry each night until it runs out (and it probably will at some point). Our good friends Java a Go Go will be vending coffee, espresso drinks, and will have a full bar with mixed drinks for purchase. The $ from the bar goes to charity so oddly your drinking will do some good for once! You are also allowed to bring in what you want, but we kindly ask NO GLASS! The Campstore at the entrance sells can beer, water, fishing stuff, ice, water, energy drinks, snacks, bread, sandwich meat, and canned foods if you are wanting that hobo experience. 

FIRES: Despite all the water we got this year, the state of California is still insanely flammable. We will have burn barrels in the main area but sadly NO FIRES, HOT COALS, ETC can be lit other than these. We have off duty fire fighters patrolling so please respect this rule and don't make it hard on these guys as they are just trying to keep the Sierras from burning down. 

CHECKING IN & WRISTBAND PROCESS: When you pull up to the address for the event you will be flagged into a parking lot right before the kiosk to the campground in order to sign in. Here's what follows: 

  • You'll sign a waiver
  • We'll check your ID to verify age and confirm your ticket(s)
  • We'll give you a wristband to put on for access to the event
  • You'll get a raffle ticket (everyone gets one, so the odds will be equal!)
  • We'll set you up with a schedule of events and some info on the routes we suggest exploring.

Once you are sorted, hop on your moto, make sure your wristband is visible, and stop at the kiosk leading into the park. No need to turn off bike, once they see your wristband, they will be putting another band on your handlebars to show you already signed in so you can now come and go as you please. Each time you come back into camp, you must slow and show your wristband. This kiosk is manned 24/7 so you will have no issues. The campstore is on the left just past the kiosk. You can't miss it if you want to get some extra supplies or libations on the way in.

Take the main road into the campground for about a half mile and then follow the black and white directional signs towards our private area for the Sierra Stake Out. Cars will be sectioned off from motorcycles and all camping will be first come first serve. All spots are beautiful so don't stress, you'll be stoked. 

Schedule of Events

Nothing is better than riding all day and then partying in the woods with your friends at night. Here is our schedule of events:

Friday, July 21st

Gates Open 2:00PM 

Pie for the People | Food for Purchase 4:00PM - 8:00PM

Campfires in burn barrels lit in Main Area Only 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Karaoke Contest 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Dance Party 9:30PM - 11:00PM

FREE 805 & Sailor Jerry 5:00PM -  ? while supplies last

Bar with Drinks for Purchase Open 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Saturday, July 22nd

Coffee & Espresso for Purchase 6:00AM - 10:00AM

Breakfast for Purchase 7:00AM - 10:00AM


Merch Sales 3:00PM - 7:00PM (we do have limited supplies, so get there early if buying a patch or shirt is a priority)

Pie for the People | Food for Purchase 4:00PM - 8:00PM

FREE 805 & Sailor Jerry 5:00PM -  ? while supplies last

Bar with Drinks for Purchase Open 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Old-Stf Bike Show 5:00PM - 6:45PM

Bike Show Awards 6:45PM - 7:00PM

Bands: Pete & Repete 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Raffle & Long Rider Award 8:00PM - 8:30PM

Campfires in burn barrels lit in Main Area Only 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Pine State Ramblers 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Dance Party (time to get your freak on) 10:00PM - 11:00PM

Sunday, July 23rd

Coffee & Espresso for Purchase 6:00AM - 10:00AM

Breakfast for Purchase 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Pack it up! The event is over! Safe travels home and see you next year! 11:00AM

 Photo @twofoursixer Geoff Kowalchuk

Photo @twofoursixer Geoff Kowalchuk


Pete and Repete are heading to Sierra Stake Out. These guys will be playing classic rock n roll and if you ask nicely, might take a request or two. Guaranteed fast & loud times coming your way Saturday night at the Sierra Stake Out. 

Pete and Repete are one of the last great American rock and roll bands. Equal parts MC 5 and Kyuss, the band meshes generations and genres in a way that somehow comes out as sounding new and bold. Known for their live set energy, PnRP make believers out of all who are lucky to witness them live. Fast, loud, and always fun - there's something for everyone in a Pete & Repete set. 



We call him Captain Ron cause...well...he looks like Capt Ron and lives on a boat. Shawn Mahoney is literally everywhere you turn and he & the crew at Russ Brown Motorcycles have been helping to ensure hundreds of event attendees are provided roadside assistance as they come and go. Take a minute and meet the Captain, aka Shawn Mahoney. 

Shawn Mahoney  | Director Of Marketing and Business Development

Location: Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys is based in California with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a nationwide network of about 400 experienced, hand-picked attorneys covering every state. Shawn's wearabouts? Not sure but at a dock near you most likely. 
Website:  russbrown.com | Instagram handle: @russbrownmotorcycleattorneys

 The Captain getting his swerve on

The Captain getting his swerve on

How did Russ Brown get started?

Back in the 70’s Russ Brown traveled to motorcycle organizations giving free legal advice.  He fast became the go to motorcycle attorney and created the first lawyer ever to exclusively represent motorcyclist.  He then organized all the top PI attorneys in the U.S, and created the largest, most experienced motorcycle personal injury network and knowledge base ever created.

What is BAM?  

BAM: Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcyclists.  BAM is a unique volunteer organization of bikers helping bikers. Motorcycle Attorney Russ Brown started BAM over 30 years ago to provide breakdown assistance to motorcyclists across the country. BAM’s nationwide volunteer network of roughly 2 million motorcyclists can help you in an emergency. If you experience a breakdown or mechanical problems while on the road, call 1-800-4-BIKERS, and we will search our volunteer network and send someone out to help.

How do you sign up for BAM?  

It's easy and takes less than 3 minutes. Click HERE, or visit our booth, or speak to our reps at a motorcycle event in your area.

Do you have any BAM success stories that stick out?

“ I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for this organization and its members.  I signed up last year before I really started riding. Today, seven miles from home, my battery went dead. I was on my own, on a Sunday, a lone female biker.  All my friends had already left on our annual trip to Vegas, and I had no one.  BAM found someone with a trailer who dropped my bike off at my mechanic, and then dropped me at home!  I know I will not hesitate to do what I can when BAM calls me!”
- Saphyre R.

More can be read HERE

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling:  

My entire family rode including dad, brother, cousins and uncles.  I was the kid with the Lazer lines, rat tail, and bandana making motorcycle noises… 

Any regrettable stories you can tell us from the rides and campouts you’ve been on?

During Sturgis 75th after a long day… I came back to my tent at Buffalo Chip to find it sitting in a mud puddle.  I had no option but to sleep in it…  Not a comfortable night… Woke up from Drowning a few times.  

Tips for camping off the bike?  

Get your roll tight… Forget real pillows…

How can a motorcyclist in need get a hold of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys?

Call 1-800-4-Bikers or Russbrown.com