Meet Up and Ride to the Sierra Stake Out 2 | San Francisco | Los Angeles | Reno

FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flags while supplies last at each of the (3) meet up locations. 

FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flags while supplies last at each of the (3) meet up locations. 

Sometimes you feel like rolling solo, sometimes a group sounds fun too. Either way you roll is fine by us but if you are looking to meet up and have one hell of a ride to the SSO2, there are (3) meet up and rides lined up from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Reno. Each location offers some pretty rad stuff + each spot will be giving out a FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flag to riders to attach to the back of their bike while supplies last. Huge thank you to Lucky Wheels Garage LA, Iron and Resin SF, and See See Motorcycles Reno for hosting and providing a place to meet & ride. Read on and start making your plans, Sierra Stake Out 2 is only a few weeks away. 

Other routes can be found HERE if you are traveling light or coming from Portland, Boise, Vegas, Bay Area, LA/ Southern CA, or Salt Lake City Utah. As always, feel free to plan your own adventure if these routes don't meet your needs. 


Los Angeles | Lucky Wheels Garage 

Sierra Stake Out Meetup Spot Lucky Wheels Garage
  • Thursday August 2
  • Meet @ 6:30AM w/ full tank of gas
  • Address:Lucky Wheels Garage 255 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles CA 90033
  • Kickstands Up 7:30AM
  • Free 8 oz Drip Coffee & Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 30
  • Route from your location to SSO: LA To Emigrant Gap via HWY 395, Camp Thursday Night in Lone Pine
  • Distances per day: Day one 234 Miles, Day two 295 Miles 
  • Ride lead's name: Ty

San Francisco | Iron and Resin 

Photo by @apollopeepshow

Photo by @apollopeepshow

  • Friday August 3
  • Meet @ 9am w/ full tank of gas
  • Address: Iron and Resin SF 7 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
  • Kickstands Up 10am 
  • Free Kombucha, Coffee and Donuts + Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 30 riders
  • Route: Rider's choice
  • Lead: TBD

 


Reno | See See Motorcycles Reno 

Sierra Stake Out Meet Up See See Motorcycles Reno
  • Friday August 3rd
  • Meet @ 8am w/ full tank of gas
  • Address: See See Motorcycles Reno 131 Pine Street Reno NV 89501
  • Kickstands Up 10 am
  • Free cup of drip Coffee for ticket holders + 50% off all food items +30% off see see brand merchandise +10% off anything else in store + Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 15 riders
  • Route TBD
  • Ride lead's name: Jack Beisel

Sierra Stake Out | Photo Feature by Geoff Kowalchuk

It's no secret that some of the best riding is located in the Sierra Nevadas hence why we decided to do an event up here. If you are headed to the Sierra Stake Out 2, rolling mountains, clear blue swimming holes, and endless roads await you. Take a scroll through last year's event to see what you just got yourself into if you are a first timer. 

COMPLETE SIERRA STAKE OUT 2017 SCHEDULE & WHAT TO EXPECT

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

GET OUT THERE AND RIDE MOTOS! 

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DONNER PARTY

On April 14, 1846, George Donner and his brother Jacob packed their families into covered wagons and left Springfield, Illinois en route to a new life in California. George would later take the lead of the so-called “Donner Party,” a group of westbound emigrants who became trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during one of the most brutal winters on record. The pioneers were forced to spend five months hunkered down in makeshift tents and cabins with almost no food or supplies. By the time they were finally rescued in early 1847, nearly half of them had perished. Many of the rest—including the children—were forced to cannibalize the bodies of the dead to survive. Explore 10 key facts about one of the most gruesome episodes from the era of Westward expansion.

James F. and Margaret (Keyes) Reed, who were members of the Donner Party. (Credit: Public Domain)

James F. and Margaret (Keyes) Reed, who were members of the Donner Party. (Credit: Public Domain)

The Donner Party started its trip dangerously late in the pioneer season.

Travel on the California Trail followed a tight schedule. Emigrants needed to head west late enough in the spring for there to be grass available for their pack animals, but also early enough so they could cross the treacherous western mountain passes before winter. The sweet spot for a departure was usually sometime in mid to late-April, yet for unknown reasons, the core of what became the Donner Party didn’t leave their jumping-off point at Independence, Missouri until May 12. They were the last major pioneer train of 1846, and their late start left them with very little margin for error. “I am beginning to feel alarmed at the tardiness of our movements,” one of the emigrants wrote, “and fearful that winter will find us in the snowy mountains of California.”

They fell behind schedule after taking an untested shortcut.

After reaching Wyoming, most California-bound pioneers followed a route that swooped north through Idaho before turning south and moving across Nevada. In 1846, however, a dishonest guidebook author named Lansford Hastings was promoting a straighter and supposedly quicker path that cut through the Wasatch Mountains and across the Salt Lake Desert. There was just one problem: no one had ever traveled this “Hastings Cutoff” with wagons, not even Hastings himself. Despite the obvious risks—and against the warnings of James Clyman, an experienced mountain man—the 20 Donner Party wagons elected to break off from the usual route and gamble on Hastings’ back road. The decision proved disastrous. The emigrants were forced to blaze much of the trail themselves by cutting down trees, and they nearly died of thirst during a five-day crossing of the salt desert. Rather than saving them time, Hasting’s “shortcut” ended up adding nearly a month to the Donner Party’s journey.

The emigrants lost a race against the weather by just a few days.

Despite the Hastings Cutoff debacle, most of the Donner Party still managed to reach the slopes of the Sierra Nevada by early November 1846. Only a scant hundred miles remained in their trek, but before the pioneers had a chance to drive their wagons through the mountains, an early blizzard blanketed the Sierras in several feet of snow. Mountain passes that were navigable just a day earlier soon transformed into icy roadblocks, forcing the Donner Party to retreat to nearby Truckee Lake and wait out the winter in ramshackle tents and cabins. Much of the group’s supplies and livestock had already been lost on the trail, and it wasn’t long before the first settlers began to perish from starvation.

The majority of the Donner Party emigrants were children.

Like most pioneer trains, the Donner Party was largely made up of family wagons packed with young children and adolescents. Of the 81 people who became stranded at Truckee Lake, more than half were younger than 18 years old, and six were infants. Children also made up the vast majority of the Donner’s Party’s eventual survivors. One of them, one-year-old Isabella Breen, would go on to live until 1935.

Map showing route of the Donner Party. (Credit: Kmusser/Wikimedia Commons)

Map showing route of the Donner Party. (Credit: Kmusser/Wikimedia Commons)

A few pioneers managed to hike to safety.

On December 16, 1846, more than a month after they became snowbound, 15 of the strongest members of the Donner Party strapped on makeshift snowshoes and tried to walk out of the mountains to find help. After wandering the frozen landscape for several days, they were left starving and on the verge of collapse. The hikers resigned themselves to cannibalism and considered drawing lots for a human sacrifice or even having two of the men square off in a duel. Several members of the party soon died naturally, however, so the survivors roasted and consumed their corpses. The gruesome meat gave them the energy they required, and following a month of walking, seven of the original 15 made it to a ranch in California and helped organize rescue efforts. Historians would later dub their desperate hike “The Forlorn Hope.”

A Donner Party member murdered two people for use as food.

During the “Forlorn Hope” expedition, the hiking party included a pair of Indians named Salvador and Luis, both of whom had joined up with the Donner emigrants shortly before they became snowbound. The natives were the only members of the group who refused to engage in cannibalism, and they later ran off out of fear that they might be murdered once the others ran out of meat. When the duo was found days later, exhausted and lying in the snow, an emigrant named William Foster shot both of them in the head. The Indians were then butchered and eaten by the hikers. It was the only time during the entire winter that people were murdered for use as food.

Not all of the emigrants engaged in cannibalism.

As their supplies dwindled, the Donner emigrants stranded at Truckee Lake resorted to eating increasingly grotesque meals. They slaughtered their pack animals, cooked their dogs, gnawed on leftover bones and even boiled the animal hide roofs of their cabins into a foul paste. Several people died from malnutrition, but the rest managed to subsist on morsels of boiled leather and tree bark until rescue parties arrived in February and March 1847. Not all of the settlers were strong enough to escape, however, and those left behind were forced to cannibalize the frozen corpses of their comrades while waiting for further help. All told, roughly half of the Donner Party’s survivors eventually resorted to eating human flesh.

The rescue process took over two months.

Of the five months the Donner Party spent trapped in the mountains, nearly half of it took place after they had already been located by rescuers. The first relief parties reached the settlers in February 1846, but since pack animals were unable to navigate the deep snowdrifts, they only brought whatever food and supplies they could carry. By then, many of the emigrants were too weak to travel, and several died while trying to walk out of the mountains. Four relief teams and more than two-and-a-half months were eventually required to shepherd all the Donner Party survivors back to civilization. The last to be rescued was Lewis Keseberg, a Prussian pioneer who was found in April 1847, supposedly half-mad and surrounded by the cannibalized bodies of his former companions. Keseberg was later accused of having murdered the other emigrants for use as food, but the charges were never proven.

One rescuer singlehandedly led nine survivors out of the mountains.

Perhaps the most famous of the Donner Party’s saviors was John Stark, a burly California settler who took part in the third relief party. In early March 1847, he and two other rescuers stumbled upon 11 emigrants, mostly kids, who been left in the mountains by an earlier relief group. The two other rescuers each grabbed a single child and started hoofing it back down the slope, but Stark was unwilling to leave anyone behind. Instead, he rallied the weary adults, gathered the rest of the children and began guiding the group singlehandedly. Most of the kids were too weak to walk, so Stark took to carrying two of them at a time for a few yards, then setting them down in the snow and going back for others. He continued the grueling process all the way down the mountain, and eventually led all nine of his charges to safety. Speaking of the incident years later, one of the survivors credited her rescue to “nobody but God and Stark and the Virgin Mary.”

Only two families made it through the ordeal intact.

Of the 81 pioneers who began the Donner Party’s horrific winter in the Sierra Nevada, only 45 managed to walk out alive. The ordeal proved particularly costly for the group’s 15 solo travelers, all but two of whom died, but it also took a tragic toll on the families. George and Jacob Donner, both of their wives and four of their children all perished. Pioneer William Eddy, meanwhile, lost his wife and his two kids. Nearly a dozen families had made up Donner wagon train, but only two—the Reeds and the Breens—managed to arrive in California without suffering a single death.

APRIL 14, 2016 By Evan Andrews via History.com

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S BEST SWIMMING HOLES

As the summer heats up, cooling off is on the mind. We recently ran across an entry from Jesse Weber on some of the best swimming holes Northern CA has to offer. These locations surround the Sierra Stake Out but be warned, people do know about them. If you are more low key and want to avoid people at all costs while you are cooling down, there are hundreds of other lesser known about spots to cool down all through the area. 

Bonsai Rock 

Bonsai Rock 

 

Northern California

  • McCloud River - In the shadow of Mount Shasta flows the McCloud River, fed year round by snow melting from the slopes. Three incredible waterfalls known as UpperMiddle, and Lower tumble into pools that each make exquisite swimming holes.
  • Potem Falls -  Located near Redding and Lassen Volcanic National Park, Potem Falls is a picture-perfect pool beneath a sheer 70-foot waterfall tucked within the gentle green hills of Pit River Canyon.
  • atchet Falls - Another gem of Shasta County, Hatchet Falls (also known as Lion Slide Falls) features cliff jumping and a conveniently fallen tree that makes a staircase to the top.
  • North Fork Falls - Carved granite gorges furrow the hills between Nevada City and Truckee, and North Fork Falls is a lovely product of the erosion that formed this landscape. Waterfalls tumble through a narrow part of the canyon, providing a shady and peaceful retreat from the heat.
  • Emerald Bay - This state park promises the best of Lake Tahoe's shoreline, and offers hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and scuba diving in addition to swimming.
  • D.L. Bliss State Park - D.L Bliss State Park is contiguous with Emerald Bay State Park, and the two create an incredible shoreline along Lake Tahoe. Calawee Cove and Lester Beach are must-see, must swim spots for any visitor to this stunning lake.
  • Meeks Bay Beach - This long beach is one of the favorites for Tahoe visitors, and it is easy to see why. Day use amenities include tables and barbecue stands, there is a nearby campground, and of course, Tahoe's inimitable blue waters lazily lap at the white sand.
  • Speedboat Beach - A very popular spot on Lake Tahoe, Speedboat Beach sits just west of the California/Nevada border on Tahoe's north shore. Arrive early, because parking is limited compared to the number of folks that love to come here. But it is easy to understand why they do: quintessential white sand beach, enormous granite boulders, and Tahoe's deep blue waters.
  • Sugar Pine Point State Park - If you are checking out Tahoe's west side, a stop at Sugar Pine Point State Park is a must. The park is part of the estate that surrounded the Ehrman Mansion, and it is now a beautiful public resource in its own right. The water access here is top notch, as well. Again, parking can be in short supply relative to the demand, so arrive early or be prepared for a bit of a walk from your car.
  • Bonsai Rock - Named for the iconic trees that grow seemingly straight from the enormous granite boulder that dominates this cove, Bonsai Rock is a very popular spot for photographers. But this idyllic little cove definitely deserves a spot on the list of Tahoe swimming holes. You may not have the big beach or pier, here, but if you can snag your own boulder, who could ask for more?
  • Donner Memorial State Park - Located on Donner Lake just off of I-80, this easily accessible state park provides a dose of California history as well as some amazing views and recreation opportunities. Water access here is superb, whether you are using the beach, the day use areas, or renting a boat. The robust campground can also be a great base camp for planning a Donner Lake/Lake Tahoe weekend.
  • Volcano Lake Hike - Thanks to a recent acquisition from the Trust for Public Land, this lake is now accessible for the public. Enjoy the short 1.5-mile walk in along Sardine Creek, and know that the climb is the perfect prime for your imminent plunge.
  • Richardson Grove Swimming Hole - Gorgeous pools near the redwoods? Two swimming areas to choose from? Cliff jumping? Yes on all counts. This area near Eureka is close to camping and hiking, as well.
  • Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Swimming Hole -  The South Fork of the Eel River forms a large pool in this state recreation area. Surrounding cliffs serve up plenty of jumping potential for those looking for a little airtime. Nearby Redwood Campground makes for a perfect base camp for a long stay in this ideal spot.
  • Lake Anza - A designated swimming area and lifeguards go a long way to making this a great choice for families looking to escape the heat. Located in the East Bay's Tilden Park, this spot naturally receives some pressure, but there is plenty of room to lay out on a hot day.
  • Oregon Creek Day Use Area - Located along the Golden Chain Highway northeast of Sacramento where Oregon Creek joins the Middle Yuba River, this day use area supports some fantastic swimming opportunities. The clear water and sandy riverbanks are sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Highway 49 Crossing - A magical spot along the South Yuba River, this stretch of water offers some of the most picturesque swimming spots around. Granite boulders, sandy banks, and clear water...not to mention the dramatic arch of the Highway 49 bridge. Some crowds are inevitable here, but you can head upstream or downstream for more privacy.
  • Brandy Creek Falls- Located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area just 1.5 miles from the trailhead, these falls are some of the most beautiful in the area. The pool below and the trees above equate to the perfect formula for solving for hot summer days.
  • Crystal Creek Falls- Another gorgeous falls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the easily accessible pool at the base of the Lower Crystal Creek Falls is a must. But don't forget to hike up to check out the Upper Crystal Creek Falls, as well!

Caution! Be Safe

Swimming in swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

Leave No Trace

The Forest Service and other local management agencies are considering closing access to many of these sensitive locations due to excessive trampling of plants, large amounts of garbage, cans and glass bottles, human waste, and toilet paper left behind.  They simply do not have the staff or the funding to attend to these issues. If you want to continue enjoying these areas, pack out all garbage and toilet paper and dispose of it properly, use vault toilets and other restroom facilities when provided, and stay on established paths. Using these areas responsibly will increase the chance that people can continue to enjoy them.

ROUTE PREVIEW - LAKE TAHOE LASSO

By the sound of it, you've probably guessed what this route looks like and where you are headed. Out of the four, this is probably the easiest one to follow and is the second shortest at 163 miles. At a super relaxed pace, you'll knock this out in 6-7 hours with a few good meals and at least one dip in the water.

You'll start this ride off by heading east on I-80 and before heading south once you hit the 89. That'll put you in downtown Truckee which is a prime spot for a hearty meal. We hit Marty's Cafe a few weeks back and the Green Chile & Chorizo Burrito did not disappoint. 

If you are not already in a food coma, hop on the 89 South and you'll soon be on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Expect it to be relatively slow going while you are riding along the Lake as it will be prime tourist season and lots of people will be enjoying the views. At the bottom of the 89, you'll run into Emerald Bay State Park. As you can see from the pic below, this is one of the most iconic spots to view Lake Tahoe from.

Continue on down the road until you with the 50E/Lake Tahoe Blvd. Bang a left and continue on through South Lake Tahoe and over to the eastern shore. There's a glorious tunnel you can't miss and plenty of spots to snap a pic along the water. 

At the top of the lake, take a left onto the 28 South and then a few miles later, you'll take a right onto the 267 North back towards Truckee. If you have not taken a dip in the water yet, yer nuts, but there's still one more chance. Donner Lake sites right outside of Truckee and is a great spot to relax before climbing back up and over the Donner Pass. 

Pro Tip: Taking the slow ride up Donner Pass Rd rather than jamming up I-80 West has it's benefits. The biggest would be crossing over the Donner Summit Bridge which was designed by the same guy that did the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.

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NAT GEO'S FREE APP OF THE SIERRA NEVADAS

First time cruising the Sierra Nevadas? No problem, National Geographic has a free app for that. Nerd out on the area with this free app that will show you the rich history of the area and where to eat, and some hidden gems. 

Description: The Sierra Nevada Mobile App helps you discover more than 1,500 world-class adventures, events, restaurants, shops, historic sites and lodging recommended by the people who know the area best: local residents. Information is stored on your phone, so even when your adventures take you outside of cell range, you'll have local Sierra knowledge in your pocket.

Key features include:

SHOW ME: Check and Uncheck the types of information you want to view.
NEAR ME: See places and how far they are from your current location.
MAP VIEW: See your location in the region and what is around you.

The App covers Sierra Nevada local culture from the Oregon border to south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, with content updated continually by thousands of residents.

ROUTE PREVIEW - ELDORADO

We just got back from a pre-run of the area and have mapped out a handful of suggested routes for you to ride while you are staying with us at Sierra Stake Out. There's tons of water, greenery and windy roads to get lost on, so no matter which one you pick, you are making a good decision.  The first of them we'll show you is called Eldorado.

To start the ride, you'll head west on I-80 for about 40 miles. On the way, you'll pass through Colfax, CA which is a neat old gold town with some great greasy spoons to eat at. We suggest the Dine n' Dash, but there's plenty of options for a hearty meal if that's how you want to start your day.

Once you hit the Auburn, jump on the 49 and head south to the 50 where you'll start going east through the Eldorado National Forest . Keep a lookout for the transition to the 50 when you get to Placerville, as it's pretty easy to blow the turn and accidentally stay on the 49.

One of the bridges off of HWY 49.

One of the bridges off of HWY 49.

There's tons of water pumping in the river alongside HWY50

There's tons of water pumping in the river alongside HWY50

Bridal Veil Falls is located just off of HWY 50. Put your kickstand down and take a minute to relax next to this gusher.

Bridal Veil Falls is located just off of HWY 50. Put your kickstand down and take a minute to relax next to this gusher.

Once you are on the 50, it's relatively smooth sailing. You'll run along the side of the river for a while, climb up to 7,382ft at Echo Summit , and then on your way to South Lake Tahoe.

Looking south off the 50 back towards Echo Summit.

Looking south off the 50 back towards Echo Summit.

Once you get to South Lake Tahoe, follow the signs to stay on HWY 50 up the east side of Lake Tahoe. You'll run right along the shore for most of the ride and event dive into Nevada briefly. There's a few casinos and places to wet your whistle if that's something you'd be interested in.

At the north end of the Lake, you'll find King's Beach. Your ride will be close do done and this is a great spot to get in that water you've been eyeing all day.

It's no Lake Minnetonka, but we're sure Prince would approve.

It's no Lake Minnetonka, but we're sure Prince would approve.

Once yer done drying off, get back on the bike for the last pull North up the 267 and then onto I-80 West for a few more miles back to the campground.