Sierra City

Sierra City, located one hour northwest of Truckee on Highway 49, was established as a mining town in 1850. By 1852, miners were retrieving gold from several tunnels in the nearby Sierra Buttes. At this time, Sierra City had two large buildings, a bakery shop, and several gambling houses and saloons. The buildings were crushed under an avalanche of snow in the winter of 1853, forcing the inhabitants to rebuild at lower elevation. The Sierra Buttes Mine was active for 80 years and was the second largest gold producer in Sierra County. A continuous body of medium grade ore was processed efficiently, assuring steady employment. As many as 290 men worked at this mine in 1873.

Hikers, cyclists, anglers and boaters will find several choices for adventure and challenge. Lodging and dining are sumptuous in the pine air, making food taste better and sound sleep natural. Your soul is restored.

Minutes away from Sierra City is the Sierra Buttes and the Lakes Basin Region where visitors can find year-round recreation including fishing, hiking, boating, rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and snowmobiling, bird watching and lots of wildlife! More than 45 picturesque lakes dot the entire Lakes Basin Region and the Pacific Crest Trail and many other trails are all well-marked and maintained. Friendly, local businesses in Sierra City can provide maps and supplies for an outdoor adventure in the Lakes Basin Region.


Latitude: 39.5665292 Longitude: -120.635376 Elevation: 4244 ft


Great little town. If I could live there I would!

SHERRY, 10/23/2010

I love how there’s a sense of history when you come into town. I don't know what exactly conveys this. Perhaps it's the way Main Street follows the natural contour instead of being perfectly level and straight. Perhaps it's the symbols of the by-gone days like the sign for the stage stop and the bell tower and the wood flag pole. Perhaps it's the feeling of a self-contained company town, but with individual flare and idiosyncrasies and folly. Sierra City should be enjoyed on foot so you can see all the small details. I love Sierra City!

Mike Warner, 8/24/2011

I heard about sierra and its so cute !!!

Stella, 4/12/2018

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