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Sierra-City is a quaint mountain village located on historic Highway 49 along the Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway in Northern California. This Byway is a beautiful 160-mile loop that connects portions of Interstate 80 with State Highways 49 and 89. Sierra City is situated completely inside the Tahoe National Forest. Its bordered on the south by the spectacular North Yuba River and on the north by the Sierra Buttes and the Lakes Basin. This location makes it a natural destination for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, rafting and camping. In addition, abundant snowfall in the wintertime turns mountain roads and meadows into snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. There are more than 45 lakes in the Lakes Basin within 30 minutes of Sierra City. These lakes were created by glaciers and are filled with melting snow and natural springs that host Eastern Brook, Mountain Brook, German and Rainbow trout. The Yuba River offers fly fishing and 18 miles of Class 5 kayaking. Hikers have access to the magnificent Pacific Crest Trail and many other challenging climbs. All trails are well maintained by the U.S Forest Service. For an incredible mountain getaway, Sierra City offers nature at its best, and it is only an hour and a half from Reno (to the west) and Lake Tahoe (to the north.)

Surrounding areas: Graeagle, California (13.7 mi), Tahoe Donner, California (24.3 mi), Baxter, California (25.6 mi), Donner Lake, California (25.8 mi), Alta, California (26.6 mi), Truckee, California (29.1 mi), Nevada City, California (29.4 mi)

Sierra City Vacation Rentals

Sierra City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sleepy Pines Motel74631 State Rt 70Portola, CA19.0 mi.(530) 832-4291
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA26.0 mi.(530) 587-3773
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA28.1 mi.(530) 587-8888
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA29.0 mi.(530) 233-4111
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA29.1 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA29.1 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA29.1 mi.(530) 582-1073
Northern Queen Inn400 Railroad AveNevada City, CA29.6 mi.(530) 265-5824

Sierra City Weather & Climate

Northeastern California , where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Ranges meet, has a four season climate, with cold, alpine mountain winters and mild summers. Many of the mountain communities, including Graeagle, Truckee and Donner Lake, experience what is called an "inversion," whereby cold air is trapped overnight by the mountain peaks, thus the reason for the extreme cold temperatures in the very early morning hours (even in summertime.) However, as the sun rises, the temperature climbs and daytime highs are usually quite pleasant. Large amounts of snow are received in the higher elevations of the Sierras - up to 40 feet. Rain is possible any month of the year, although most occurs October through April. Mountain weather conditions can change quickly, and visitors should remember that rain in the lower elevations can mean snow, sleet or ice in the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 29°F 11.49 in. -
February 50°F 29°F 12.00 in. -
March 53°F 31°F 10.11 in. -
April 60°F 35°F 4.41 in. -
May 68°F 40°F 3.18 in. -
June 77°F 47°F 1.00 in. -
July 85°F 52°F 0.39 in. -
August 85°F 51°F 0.55 in. -
September 79°F 47°F 1.65 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 3.99 in. -
November 54°F 32°F 8.54 in. -
December 48°F 29°F 8.98 in. -

Sierra City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Reno Stead airport (4SD) located about 40 miles east of Sierra City in Reno, Nevada, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 46 miles east of Sierra City in Reno, Nevada, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located roughly 57 miles southeast of Sierra City in South Lake Tahoe, California, and finally the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located around 74 miles southwest of Sierra City in Sacramento, California.

Sierra City Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Playland ParkRenoNV43.8 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV47.0 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA55.8 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA82.2 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV47.0 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA82.2 mi.
Waterworks ParkReddingCA116.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Graeagle Meadows Golf CourseGraeagleCA13.7 mi.
Plumas Pines Golf ResortGraeagleCA13.7 mi.
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA29.1 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA29.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA22.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA22.6 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA29.1 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA29.1 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA35.7 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA37.9 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV41.4 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA41.7 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV43.8 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA56.1 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA58.9 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA66.8 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA82.5 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA96.5 mi.
State Parks
Plumas Eureka State ParkCA13.9 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA27.0 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA37.0 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA38.3 mi. 
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA19.0 mi.(Technology)
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA29.1 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV43.8 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV43.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV43.8 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV43.8 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV43.8 mi.(Art)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV54.0 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV54.0 mi.(Technology)
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural HistoryWestwoodCA54.8 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV57.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA82.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA105.0 mi.

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