From the Front Door
Snow is usually on the ground from December thru March in the Sierra Valley. Explore the valley and surrounding forests on free rental snowshoes for Inn guests.
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!
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!
30 Minute Drive
The Yuba Pass Area offers 100 miles of trail opportunities especially for snowmobilers and nordic skiers. Park on the North side of the Hwy, the big parking lot on the South side is for snowmobilers and requires a permit.
25 Minute Drive
Eagle Ridge offers winter travelers the chance to go snowmobiling along 200 miles of groomed trails on 650 square miles in the Tahoe National Forest. Each tour includes snowmobile, full face helmet, experienced local guide, and above all, a great time.
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.