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The Spectacular Sierra Buttes (Downieville, Sierra City, Graeeagle)   

2 days, 1 night:
Do you need to commune with nature and just get away? If so, I want to take you to a magical and undiscovered gem of California— Sierra County (just north of Nevada County. We will travel via a Sierra College bus to the tiny mining town of Downieville, enjoy a picnic lunch, wander its few streets and see the infamous gallows which adorn the courthouse (the site of the only woman hanged in California). It is then off to Sierra City (population: 99) to tour the historic Kentucky Mine, a perfectly preserved gold mine and mill. This is the best spots to fully understand the entire gold mining process— mining to ingot. We will stay at the rustic Sierra Pines Lodge overlooking the North Fork of the Yuba River in Sierra City. It is a special spot you are bound to return to! The day is capped-off with waterfront cocktails and a five-star dinner at the magnificent Sardine Lake Lodge set amongst the Sierra Buttes high in the Sierras. The next morning, following a hearty breakfast at Sierra Pines (you can catch your fresh trout in their pond and they’ll cook it up), we will drive and tour the quaint red and white colored mill town of Graeagle then drive through the spectacular Sierra Valley on our way to Hobart Mills - the remote Donner Party encampment. A picnic lunch will be provided to enjoy in this beautiful meadow. Minimal walking over the two days.

Note: Because the lodge is small (it is the largest lodging in Sierra County), we can only accommodate double occupancy, so if single— find a friend to share a room or let us know and hopefully there is someone else that needs a roommate. (All meals, transportation and accommodations included; except bar costs at Sardine Lodge).
Group leader: Terry McAteer
$260 per person double occupancy
Limited to 28
Sierra College bus will pick up registered members at 9:00am in Rocklin and then head to Colfax Train Station to pick up members at 9:45am. You will be dropped off at each location on the way home.

Field Trip Cancellations and Refund Policy
If we have to cancel a field trip you will receive a full refund. If you cancel a field trip, it must be canceled at least 2 weeks prior to receive a refund. Overnight field trips require a 30-day cancellation notice. 

  • The Spectacular Sierra Buttes (Downieville, Sierra City, Graeeagle) (Field Trip) - Double Occupancy
  • Instructor: Terence McAteer
    Dates: 8/21/2024 - 8/22/2024
    Days: W Th
    Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sessions: 2
    Fee: $260.00
    Location: Off Site
    Building-Room: Field Trip-Sierra College Bus Trip
    Seats Available: 0
    SKU: SumFFT511
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    *Class Dates: 8/21 & 8/22.

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