Fill your days with slow adventures while you stay at the Gilded Drifter Inn! The Sierra Valley and surrounding area offer opportunities to be alone in nature and to gather with your fellow adventurers.
8 minute drive
Check out the aspens along Smithneck creek by parking at the Loyalton Rotary Park and walk downstream on the B&L Trail. Or check out the Bear Valley Creek stands by taking Antelope Valley Road off Smithneck Road a couple miles past where it turns to dirt.
Visit the Loyalton Museum and the Thrift Store next door. The museum displays the hearse belonging to the original owner of the Gilded Drifter Inn in the auditorium. Don't miss the model train exhibit either!
Day Trip to Downieville (1 hour drive) and stop at the little towns along the way. Sattley Cash Store, Bassets Station and Sierra City are all unique and fun spots. The Fall color and view of the Buttes just below Bassets are breathtaking.
Visit gold rush era cemeteries in Loyalton, Vinton, Chilcoot, Sierra City and Downieville. Many of the cemeteries are still used so be sure to be respectful. You can see the headstone of Alice Reece (original owner of the Gilded Drifter) at Mountain View Cemetery in Loyalton.
The Smithneck Creek and Antelope Valley wildlife areas are just minutes from the Inn and offer over 7,000 acres of public land. Wildflowers, wildlife and vistas abound. Dirt roads accessible to 2WD vehicles in Summer and Fall.