Winter is a great time to explore the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Miles of groomed roads and trails offer excellent snowmobiling. Bassetts Station at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Gold Lake Road is a favorite staging area for snowmobilers. It is complete with a general store, cafe, restrooms, and gas station.
Gold Lake Road is the main access route to many miles of trails. The trip to Graeagle is a favorite among locals.
Yuba Pass Snow Park, 13 miles north of Sierra City, accesses trails that reach the Little Truckee Summit staging area, Jackson Meadows reservoir and Bassetts staging area. Snowpark permits are required. Purchase them at Bassetts Station or call 530-324-4442.
Sierra Buttes Snowbusters snowmobile club holds monthly meetings in the winter and hosts numerous events through the season, such as group rides on weekends and a dinner ride to Sierraville. The annual Spaghetti Feed in March raises money for scholarships which are awarded to graduating seniors from Downieville High School and members’ families each year. For more information contact Sharon Grenier at 530-862-1577.
Winter trails for snowmobilers, wind through valleys and hills and around beautiful alpine lakes. The Little Truckee Summit area located between Sierraville and Truckee on Highway 89 provides six winter trails, restrooms, and plenty of parking. From here you can follow the groomed trails up to the Gold Lakes Recreation Area and Yuba Pass. The Treasure Mountain Loop in the Little Truckee Summit area provides groomed trails for both snowmobilers. Other groomed trails in this area include the Pass Creek Loop, which leads to Jackson Meadows Reservoir, and the Prosser Creek Connection Trail, which travels from the Summit along Prosser Creek downhill into Nevada County, where it ends near Prosser Lake.