Video: Finding Hidden Trail Treasure in the Lost Sierra

Jun 12, 2018 at 15:52
by Freehub Magazine  

Lost & Found // Hidden Treasure in the Lost Sierra

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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MENTIONS: @FreehubMag @diamondbackusa


  • + 9
 SMH, unless the trail is covered in down tree and overgrown, it's far from lost or forgotten. Even then, there's likely some old guy that'll hike it every other Tuesday.

Learn how to front brake and tell us how the SBTS keeps trails like the ones filmed in such good condition.
  • + 11
 Who shit in your cereal bowl?
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 so finding old trails in these mountains...a couple run into forest service trails and I always feel bad coming to a road and seeing the markers, but I am exploring and sometimes these trails run into each other. Fun for sure, watch out though, if they're not traveled much by humans they become highways for game and predators!
  • + 5
 Killing it on the Adventure/Story telling fronts as per y'all. Always inspiring .
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 Church indeed ma man! I love hunting for trails, known, unknown and what could be. I do it old school to by pouring over maps, word of mouth and exploring. Someday I plan on getting a GPS; I imagine I would save some time an energy. It's sort of a fine line between nothing ventured, nothing gained and curiosity killed the cat.
  • + 2
 Great video! Brings me back to the summers i spent working at a camp on hwy 89 in the lakes basin area. I was out riding and exploring every chance i got. Thanks for the quality content.
  • + 4
 As a Californian, all this makes me want to do is quit normal life and go exploring in the woods
  • + 1
 If those trails were truly lost and forgotten since the gold rush they would be gone completely, overgrown, covered with fallen logs etc. Really cool though that they are still accessible and a miracle they are immediately rideable after their second discovery.
  • + 1
 My wife and I spent part of last fall exploring the Lost Sierra. Weather was incredible and we rode some of those trails in the Vid. Very cool place, sorry can't say where we went, just followed our noses.....
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 This takes me back to shredding trails in the 90's. Un-sanitized dirt but back then we had around 3 -4 inches less travel on our bikes. All about pick a line and commit with a good deal of momentum. Great video!
  • + 2
 "Never know what you're gonna find out there." The true spirit of mountain biking.
  • + 3
 Angry Single Speeder not so single speed. cool adventure.
  • + 1
 Nor so angry!
  • + 1
 a great region to camp and make great memories...super dusty after early July... my last trip was with a group doing brownies...talkin' to the elves
  • + 1
 Nicely done guys, I was just in S. Lake Tahoe earlier this week.riding Armstrong and Van Sickle. It would be nice to get into the back country sometime...
  • + 2
 Church = Truth. Thanks SBTS!
  • + 1
 True adventure still exists. Almost wish they just wouldn’t make a video to keep it that way. Almost.
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 Looks really fun. Nicely shot and a story well told.
  • + 1
 beautiful! cheers from chile!
  • + 1
 I need some of that in my life! How I vision true mountain biking!
  • + 1
 I need some of that in my life! How I vision mountain biking!
  • + 1
 Get out those old maps,
Find yourself far, far away.
Or no map at all?
  • + 1
 Awesome video!! Sunset love pure.
  • + 1
 And I get to live here. Love it!
  • + 1
 sheeeeeiiiit....i got some time off to request
  • + 1
 Thank you for keeping mountain biking alive
  • + 1
 yeeeeeeah you guys!!!!
  • + 1
 awesome Smile
  • - 1
 Puffy Pgucchi!!!
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 Prognar puffmeister

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