SIERRA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Middle Yuba River forms the south-western border of Sierra County. This remote stretch of river winds through several box canyons and is rich in mining history. The Pliocene Ridge Road off Highway 49 near Camptonville takes you up to the ridge above this river, where the towns of Pike, Alleghany and Forest are nestled in the forest along the Pliocene Ridge.
The Maidu and Washoe Indians are the first known residents of the Sierra Nevada. Their permanent homes were in the foothills where the snow wasn’t too deep during the winter. But, in the spring they moved up high into the Sierra to gather roots and berries, hunt and fish throughout the summer. As the Europeans began exploring the area and discovered gold, emigration from around the world brought a new cultural era to the region. Mining camps and towns sprang up in Sierra County with each gold discovery. Many of these towns have since disappeared and been reclaimed by the forest, but some still exist today. On the Pliocene Ridge, Alleghany, and Forest City remain as windows to our past.
Things to do:
Underground Gold Miners Museum offers historical walking tours of Alleghany including a look inside the historical church and old school gymnasium. The museum is open during its annual gold show in June and by appointment. Visit undergroundgold.com for more information.
On the Trail
Hiking, biking and backpacking: Most of the country around the towns in this area is quite rugged and undeveloped with few groomed trails. But the historic Henness Pass Road provides for both 4-wheel driving, biking and hiking for the adventurous.
Rivers and streams provide exceptional fishing and swimming. The Lafayette Ridge OHV Trail ends near Kanaka Creek and the Middle Yuba River where stream fishing is at its best.
49 THINGS TO DO ON HWY 49
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No 10: HOW ABOUT SOME APPLE PIE...
The 15th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration will be held October 18th, at the Forest City Dance Hall. Featuring our regionally famous apple pie dessert contest in 3 categories, with live music, stamp mill firing and BBQ lunch available for purchase. There will also be historic tours of the National Register Townsite and Museum.
49 THINGS TO DO ON HWY 49
No 41: IF YOU’RE FEELING LUCKY...How about a real world outdoor treasure hunt game using GPS-enabled devices. You navigate to a given set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Happy hunting!