820 Main Street
Loyalton, CA 96118  |  530. 428.5015

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ADVENTUROUS

ACCOMMODATION

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.  

SOAK

15 minute drive

Soak and eat at the Sierra Hot Springs Resort. The pools are amazing and the food is always fantastic. Pools are are open 24 hours and are clothing optional. The Philosophy Cafe is onsite and open for dinner 6 nights a week. 

Watch

15 minute drive

Bird watching at Maddalena Ranch Feather River Land Trust (even if you don't care about birds). There are binoculars and bird guides you can borrow from the Inn. In the Spring you can take a canoe out for a totally magical experience.

Eat

2 Minute Walk

Have breakfast at the Larkspur Cafe Friday-Sunday 7:30AM-2:30PM. Try the esspresso and daily special.  Grab a ginger cookie for later (trust me).

Eat

2 Minute Walk

Have a cocktail and game of pool at the Golden West. Appetizers and dinner are also excellent! 

Learn

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!

Drink

40 Minute Drive

Have a drink (and if there is time make dinner reservations) at Sardine Lake Resort. Cocktail bar is open Wed-Sun after 5PM and dinner by reservation at 6:00 and 8:00PM the same days.

Drive

1 Hour Drive

Day Trip to Downieville (1 hour drive) and stop at the little towns and river spots along the way. Sattley Cash Store, Bassets Station and Sierra City are all unique and fun spots.

Drink

40 Minute Drive

Take a picnic to the Brewing Lair for great beer and yard games.  Kid and dog friendly!  Its a 40 minute drive from the Inn but every mile is beautiful.

Gaze

5 Minute Drive

Drive out of town. Pull over in the dark valley, get out and look at the stars at least once during your stay.

Hike

8 minute drive

The Loyalton-Boca trail follows the old rail line to Truckee.  An easy trail for mountain bikers and hikers with beautiful scenery. 

Climb

45 Minute Drive

The Sierra Buttes Lookout trail is 5 miles up and back and will earn you one of the most epic views of the Sierras.  The 200+ step staircase to the tower is not for the faint of heart.

 

Wander

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.

Ride

40 Minute Drive to Stables

Reid Horse and Cattle Company in Graeagle offers guided horseback rides  to nearby lakes and through pine forests.  Starting at $60/person.

Hike

45 Minute Drive

Perazzo Meadows is one of the finest examples of mountain riparian and wet meadow habitat in the Sierra Nevada. This pristine landscape is a beautiful destination for hiking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.

 

Hike

40 Minute Drive

Mount Lola Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail outside of Sierraville.  The trail is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.  Its a workout to get to 9100 feet but the views and wildflowers are spectacular.  

Tour

5-20 Minute Drive

Barn quilts honor the economic, cultural, and historical contribution of ranching and farming to our rural communities, while celebrating one of America’s historic art forms, the quilt block.  They are a great excuse to drive around Sierra Valley!

PDF Tour Map

Hike

45 Minute Drive

Perazzo Meadows is one of the finest examples of mountain riparian and wet meadow habitat in the Sierra Nevada. This pristine landscape is a beautiful destination for hiking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.

 

Hike

40 Minute Drive

Mount Lola Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail outside of Sierraville.  The trail is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.  Its a workout to get to 9100 feet but the views and wildflowers are spectacular.