Bassetts Station elevation
Sierra City elevation
Bassetts Station is at an elevation of 5530 ft. Neighboring town of Sierra City is at elevation of 4147 ft with the North Yuba River flowing through it.
The Lakes Basin Recreational offers breathtaking scenery and over 20 small lakes nearby, most accessible by hiking trails. This area provides a multitude of recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, swimming, windsurfing and nature and historic study including birdwatching, old mine exploration or even panning for gold. In the winter visitors can snowmobile, cross-country ski and snowshoe.
Experience the majestic beauty of FRAZIER FALLS, the history and adventure of the YUBA RIVER, and the panoramic view of the Mohawk Valley from the MILLS PEAK FIRE LOOKOUT.
Roadside access to the following lakes – Gold (largest and only boat ramp), Goose, Haven, Snag, Sardine and Lily. Hiking lakes include Big and Little Bear, Grass, Smith, Wades, Jamison, Rock, Silver, Cub, Round, Hidden, Grassy, Salmon, and Squaw.
Lake Tahoe: looking for the peacefulness of the Sierra’s, but a taste of Tahoe as well, Lake Tahoe is a 90-minute drive away, a perfect day trip drive.
More than 20 camping sites available. Reservations required at 1-877-444-6777.
Over 30 miles of maintained trails that weave through the basin, even connecting to the Pacific Coast Trail at its outer borders.
Many amazing restaurants to choose from, try these local finds - The Red Moose Café, Buckhorn Bar and Mountain Creek Restaurant, Sardine Lake Resort, Packer Lake Lodge, Sierra Pines Resort, Graeagle Lodge, Gold Lake Lodge, Whitehawk Lodge, Los Dos Hermanos, Cuccia’s. Or if you are interested in venturing out a bit, Los Dos Hermanos is a “must visit” for Mexican and Cuccia’s Pasta Pizza and Wine Bar is perfect for Italian.
Experience the history and the culture that Sierra County has to offer. Downieville Museum, Kentucky Mine Historic Park, and Museum Petroglyphs located between Lakes Basin campground and Elwell Lodge, interpretive signs explain art carved into nearby rocks by prehistoric Native Americans.
Highway 49 is open to auto traffic year-round, the other two roads are closed to auto traffic and become groomed trails for the winter sports enthusiasts. The Bassetts gateway leads to snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing and hiking.
**check ahead of your visit, many attractions are closed for the winter months.
Looking for more activities and events, visit:
Sierra County Chamber
Sierra Recreational Magazine
Sierra County Visitors Bureau
Sierra County Historical Society
The Lost Sierra – Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
SF State Sierra Nevada Field Campus