Lost & Found – Hidden Treasure in the Lost Sierra

Between Downieville and Sierra City

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Trail, snow and sky Photos by Scott Markewitz

Trail, snow and sky Photos by Scott Markewitz

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.

There's some hike-a-bike involved. Photos by Scott Markewitz

There’s some hike-a-bike involved. Photos by Scott Markewitz


Diamondback Bicycles (Presenting Partner)
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Eric Porter (Athlete)
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Photos by Scott Markewitz

Photos by Scott Markewitz

Kurt Gensheimer (Athlete)
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Ross Reid (Cinematography/Editing)
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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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