ROUTE PREVIEW - BUCKS LAKE

Looking for one of the more secluded lakes in NorCal that you can reach on your freedom machine? We got you. Bucks Lake sits at 5,167ft and is located West-Southwest from the sleepy town of Quincy, CA. It offers fishing, swimming, a couple watering holes and one of the calmest envirmonments in the Sierras.

As of this post, The Bucks Lake Route is an out and back due to road closures on the Oroville-Quincy Hwy. 

As of this post, The Bucks Lake Route is an out and back due to road closures on the Oroville-Quincy Hwy. 

We're not big fans of out and backs, but these roads are plenty good to hit twice in one day. To get going on your ride, you have 2 options. The easy one is to take I-80E for about 20 miles down into Truckee. That's not a terrible pull, but if you want to retrace the steps of the Donner Party, we suggest hitting Donner Pass Road and crossing over Donner Summit Bridge on the way.

Once you get into Truckee, head north on HWY 89. Fuel up in Sierraville before hooking a left to continue on the 89/49. When you are down the road a ways, keep in eye out for the right you will need to make on 89N. If you don't you'll end up on the 49 which will eventually take you on the Sierra City route. Not a bad way to go, but you'll never see the bounty of Bucks Lake if you make that mistake.

One more left onto the 70W/89N and you'll be well on your way to the town of Quincy and then on the climb up to Bucks Lake. Once you get to Quincy, just follow the signs to get off the 70/89 and then continue onto the climb up to Bucks Lake. The ride to this point won't be all that technical, but the last 3 miles up to Bucks Lake is a grade of +/- 15%. Take your time if you need to or get your 2 wheel freak on. It's your call.

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The pristine waters of Bucks Lake are prime for taking a dip, fishing (if you got the time and equipment) or just taking a nap in the pine trees all along the shore. Bucks Lakeshore Resort is a good spot to grab a bite or a frosty beverage before starting your ride back to the campground. 

Once you are satiated, turn around and head back the way you came. We suggest stopping in the town of Graeagle for a sweet treat. There's tons of candy shops and icecream stops for you to choose from. 

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. 

Live Feed on the Roads & Temperatures of the Sierra Area

Unlike the Donner Party we have the internet and some pretty crazy technology to help us plan our travels.  Stay well informed on weather and conditions with this link that will show you a live stream of the 80, all around Lake Tahoe, and other routes near the Sierra Stake Out. Traffic, incidents, and even the temperature of the roads themselves are reported. Click HERE to stay in the know and nerd out. 

 

 

Our Favorite Routes | Getting to the Sierra Stake Out

As they say, getting there is half the fun. Click on the below and see exact mileage and "most fun and scenic" routes we've put together to get you to and from the Sierra Stake Out. Each route has a downloadable google map and highlights some incredible features you'll see on your ride. Start conversing with your friends and planning, these routes are sure to blow some minds and create some fun memories along the way - Sierra Stake Out