A Quiet Space in a Beautiful Place
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.
15 minute drive
Winter bird watching to see the highest concentration of raptors in the Sierras!
Navigate to Dyson Lane, Herriot Lane or Marble Hot Springs Road. Drive slowly and look for hawks scouting from fence posts and power poles. You won't have to wait long to see one strike!
4 Minute Walk
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!
1 Hour Drive
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.
8 minute drive
The Loyalton-Boca trail follows the old rail line to Truckee. An easy trail for mountain bikers and hikers. The trail largely follows the aspen-lined Smithneck Creek so Fall color is divine.
3-60 Minute Drive
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.
10 Minute Drive
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.