Formed in 2003, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is a volunteer driven 501c3 non-profit whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of trails throughout the Sierra. SBTS employs as many as 15 full-time employees, most of which are Plumas and Sierra County residents, with an annual payroll of right around $425,000. In addition to a paid trail crew, SBTS has donated over 40,000 hours of volunteer labor to National Forests and State Parks, maintaining over 150 miles of shared use trails, including the creation of 50+ miles of new trails. While these trails see over 200,000 users per year, they continue to maintain a level “A” standing, due in large part to all the hard work of SBTS staff and volunteers. This organization is not only a shining example of what a small group of dedicated, passionate people can do for an area, it is a demonstration of economic efficiency when no alternatives exist.
The Lost & Found course features a perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Racers must choose their weapon wisely (road bike, cross bike or mountain bike). The route is 104 miles with over 7,000’ elevation gain and is 80% dirt. Also available are two shorter options; 70 and 30 miles. The BIG route starts at Lake Davis, located 15 minutes north of Portola, and takes racers on a rolling tour around the lake, up into the surrounding mountains and then sends them through some of the most beautiful and empty alpine valleys California has to offer. Participants can choose to race or simply ride the route and take advantage of the quality aid stations. Racers and riders from around the world will be invited to lose themselves and find this two-wheeled paradise. Click for scenic photos of the Lost & Found
2014 is looking to be an exciting year for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship! We have a lot of projects in the works and are very excited to continue to maintain the trails in Plumas and Sierra Counties to an "A" rating standard. If you can't make it to one of our weekend volunteer trail days, feel free to contact us and join the crew during the week!
Smith Lake is one of the more popular routes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The 1-mile hike (one-way) puts the lake within striking distance of all but the most out-of-shape bipeds, and the lake is one of only five in the area that allows overnight camping. Despite the popularity, scenic Smith Lake is well worth the short time and little effort necessary for a visit. This section of trail we are proposing to work on starts at the spill way of Smith Lake and wraps the south side of the lake running all the way to the Smith / Jamison connector. This trail appears to have gone without any maintenance for quite some time, it is overgrown in many places and has several erosion issues due to lack of drainage. Our main objective would be to rebuild the trail in its existing alignment with new drainages, armored stream course crossings, armored over grade sections, brushing and debris removal.
It's been another busy season for our professional trail crew, working on a wide range of projects, for multiple user types in amazing places throughout Sierra and Plumas counties. Here's arecap of projects our trail crew completed:
Learning Landscape Project, Q-Trail:
This trail is about half a mile long with eight switch backs, it climbs a little over 300 feet but maintains a really mellow grade making it very inviting to use. The entire way up the trail there are beautiful views overlooking Quincy and American Valley view of Spanish Peak in the background. We’ve had several people starting to use it and all were very enthusiastic about the new trail being there. We had a couple of runners show up that couldn’t stop raving about how good the trail is. The trail starts at the auto shop of the high school and provides the first proper route to the Q.
The scope of Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship project involvement can be difficult to easily convey at times. Multiple work crews are often concurrently working different funded projects - at differing stages of completion - and those projects are happening alongside educational curriculums, volunteer trail workdays, fundraising events and social gatherings. It can seem chaotic from within, until we step back and take stock and realize just what we’ve managed to pull off in the course of a year, thanks hugely to the unflagging support of our partners, members and friends. Read More »
On Saturday September 28th, we hosted the 2nd Lost Sierra Endurance Run and had 128 runners from all over California, Nevada and Oregon, join 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, Dunn Vineyards, Ryders Eyewear, Graeagle Land and Water, Plumas Sanitation, Sierra Earthworks, Woolly Notions, Williams Construction, Eco-Centric, Graeagle Outpost, Graeagle Real Estate Associates, Patagonia, REI, Trail Runner Magazine, Red Star, Bay Bridge Breakers, Yuba Expeditions, Sierra Transportation, Plumas and Tahoe National Forest, Graeagle Fire, CHP, Cal Trans, Plumas County Public Works, Board Of Supervisors, Portola Rotary, Chalet View, Longboards, and to all of the volunteers 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!
100% of the proceeds raised from this event go directly back into our Trail Maintenance Program to continue to keep these trails in amazing shape and help us continue to keep our local trail crew employed. Thank you! Read More »
Big news was announced at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. We have a new partnership with the TAMBA, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association! This is the melding of two great non profits dedicated to connecting multi-use trails in the Sierra. What this means is that the professional trail builders with the Buttes will come to Tahoe and help build out the Lower Corral Trail jumps and features! Starting May 1st next year, Henry O'Donnell will lead a team of skilled workers and volunteers to build out what has been planned for the last 3 years with the US Forest Service. We look forward to a long and successful partnership while strengthening the mountain bike community from Tahoe to Downieville and beyond in years to come.
TAMBA has been working closely with the US Forestry Service on signification improvements to the Lower Corral Trail.
oLower Corral Trail will be reworked into a Flow Trail with purpose built fun features including high wall berms, rock jumps, tabletops and log rides. Read More »
We are incredibly proud and pleased to announce another NEW trail construction project in our Lost Sierra region; Pack Saddle Trail. Pack Saddle Trail is located on the crest of the northern Sierra (near Packer Saddle of course) on land owned and cared for by the Sierra County Land Trust (SCLT). SBTS has been working closely with SCLT to design a network of multiple use trails that provide connectivity to existing Forest Service system trails and that offer a high-quality, safe and fun recreational experience.
Construction of Pack Saddle Trail has been funded by the great folks at REI Grants. REI has been a long time supporter of our trail programs and has funded numerous SBTS projects in the past, including: North Yuba Trail, Trail Builder Curriculum, Trail Kids and Mills Peak Trail. REI has, once again, strengthened our community by providing an opportunity for us to create world-class recreation on public and private lands. Thank you REI for believing in us!