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Trails inevitably come and go, but rarely are they lost forever. In California’s Northern Sierra Nevada, between Downieville and Sierra City, the area’s mining history contributed to a network of trails that faded away with the Gold Rush. But now, recreation has begun their resurrection, contributing to the local small-town economies and preserving the area’s rich history. Professional mountain biker Eric Porter and Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s trail whisperer Kurt Gensheimer spent a week in the Lost Sierra this past fall, riding forgotten trails and finding a different kind of wealth than the area is known for.

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  • mongwolf

    Loved this story. It reminds me so much of the riding we do in Mongolia in terms of always seeking out new trails that have never been documented. It is such an awesome experience. The Sierra Nevada’s are little more beautiful and rugged, but maybe no place on the planet surpasses Mongolia for unending opportunity to discover new trails. Just choose any little mountain range in your line of sight and the adventure begins. I do not recommend doing what pretty most all bike tourists do and ride the dirt roads … they sit mostly in the lower valleys, are way too flat, quite uninteresting, and they are most all documented on maps. The great riding and adventure is in the mountains following uncharted singletrack and two tracks. Gorgeous forests, unending vistas, big climbs and downhills that always provide big payoffs. If you are willing to venture out into the unknown and carry/hike your bike at times, then you will not be disappointed.

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