The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization based in the northern Sierra Nevada focused on restoring, maintaining, and building world-class recreational trails. Founded in 2003, the SBTS has grown from a simple need – keeping the trails above Downieville open – to encompass a much broader set of core values. Recreational trails can be the economic lifeblood of the communities in the northern Sierra, and the preservation and enhancement of those trails is a low-impact and positive way to employ local workforces, build community awareness and pride, and strengthen ties throughout those communities.
The documentary, Trail Stewards Of The Lost Sierra, produced by Hunter Sykes and Coldstream Creative, chronicles the story of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship through interviews with its founder, Greg Williams, program director Tara Stone, trail crew chief Henry O’Donnell, and medical liason Dr. Rob Bixler. It is an inside view into the shared passion of likeminded individuals striving to enact positive changes in their own backyard. The film brings to light the dedication, the hard work, and the humility needed to persevere in an often difficult environment, and also illustrates the rewards gained from such dedication and the sense of family that the stewardship builds along the way. Read More »
Join the SBTS trail crew and help us build sweet new multi-use trail in Quincy!
Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multi-use trails, the network will total over 27 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails.
Patagonia has many core members in the SBTS, and Patagonia matches their employee donations 100%. Patagonia employees are encouraged by the company to come out and work on trails with us, to the extent that we can host dedicated Patagonia trail work-days on a quarterly basis.
Last Wednesday, the SBTS crew was joined by 17 Patagonia employees who came over from Reno to work with us in the Lakes Basin. This crew was mighty and strong and they were hungry to get to work. They were very excited to take on a challenging project. Henry had just the thing in mind for them.
The current staircase was a total mess, and needed some attention to make it safe for non-motorized users. Henry took 10 of the 17 volunteers and got to work digging. They took the area apart to make the necessary improvements.
Thank you Patagonia for continuing to send us your employees to volunteer with us and for believing in us. Until next time
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is pleased to confirm the ongoing development of the Mt Hough Trail System. Working in partnership with Plumas County, the Plumas National Forest Mt Hough District, and funded via California OHV funding, this project epitomizes several principles that are central to the SBTS; community involvement, inter-agency cooperation and support, and the creation of multi-use recreational trails as a community asset.
Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multi-use trails, the network will total over 27 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails. Read More »
On Saturday September 6th, we hosted the 3rd Annual Lost Sierra Endurance Run and had 207 runners from all over California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Oregon and even Austrailia, joined us on this beautifully brutal course!
We couldn’t possibly put this event on without the support from our local agencies, landowners and the many partners that we have.
A huge thank you to Sierra Nevada Brewery, Salomon, Champion, Clif Bar, Coldstream Creative, FRC, Graeagle Land and Water, Plumas Sanitation, Woolly Notions, Williams Construction, Eco-Centric, Gray Eagle Lodge, Graeagle Mercantile, Patagonia, REI, Trail Runner Magazine, Yuba Expeditions, Sierra Transportation, Plumas and Tahoe National Forest, Eastern Plumas Fire, Graeagle Fire, CHP, Cal Trans, Plumas County Public Works, Board Of Supervisors, Portola Rotary, Longboards, and to all of the volunteers, SBTS staff and families who helped us on and off of the course.
To the the many runners and their families for coming out to support our event, Thank YOU!
We are so happy to share the magical place of Graeagle and the network of trails in the Lakes Basin and we hope you will be back next year!
For those of you who raced the Downieville Classic this year, we had on hand Hunter and another awesome photographer, Zack.
Here is the low down from our awesome friend and photo master, Hunter from Coldsteam Creative regarding this years photos of the Downieville Classic, 2014.
"Zack has just finished adding a few hundred more race photos, all of which are up on the Flickr page. These have all been added to the Classic 2014 album and I've spent some time tagging each rider’s plate number so that they can find themselves.
These images are downloadable in their full size, so they can download and print a high quality action shot of themself if they’d like.
The images are not in numerical order in Flicker, but they are searchable by plate #. In quite a few cases, the plate #’s are only partial or are not visible. In these cases, I’ve tagged all of them as “UK” (unknown) and this term and search is also searchable. Thus anyone can search using the search bar in the upper right corner. Put in the plate # into the search bar and click on “Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's photostream” option in the drop down box that opens to search for a particular plate #. If nothing comes up, search for “UK” or “uk" in the search bar and scroll through to see if there is a shot of you where the number plate wasn’t visible." Read More »
Perfect day with awesome people on an incredible trail. Thanks TNT Plumbing for sponsoring a productive and happy workday on Sardine Lake Trail in the Lakes Basin, thank you to Gray Eagle Lodge for providing a yummy vegetarian lasgna and thank you to the 25 motivated volunteers for your fine work on the trail, and of course, thank you to the Brewing Lair for keeping everyone refreshed and smiling. More photos of trail day here!
Folks, the Lost Sierra Endurance Run is almost upon us. September 6th marks the date for the return of a running event that has quickly earned a formidable reputation for dishing out pain over the past couple years. The course remains the same - a 32-mile alpine grinder racking up around 7000’ of climbing as it picks its way up to and through the spectacular Lakes Basin above Graeagle. - but fortunately once again Sierra Nevada will be on hand with ice cold beer to ease the aches afterward. For those less inclined to push the limits of their suffer-meters, there are also two shorter loops (18 miles and a new, popular format 6-mile/10k course), run almost entirely along singletrack trail.
This event is a fundraiser for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and there is no better showcase than the Lakes Basin. This beautiful collection of alpine lakes and amazing granite geology is our home and our heart, and inspired us to found SBTS a decade ago in order to preserve this recreational gem for all to enjoy. Ironically, the Lakes Basin is also where we work the hardest. The trails here get hammered by nature’s full fury, and at the same time are chipped and hacked out of hard rock. We are proud to show off this region, and equally proud of the sweat equity that has been poured into these trails over the past few years. All the proceeds from this event go back into funding further trail work. Read More »