The Sierra Stake Out

Motorcycle camping Northern California

"What started as a goal of getting 250 motorcyclists psyched on the area and willing to make the trip from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and beyond turned into a sold-out 500-person event virtually overnight.”

Mike D., Sierra Stake Out Promotor Motorcycle Events

There are a hell of a lot of them these days, so what makes the Sierra Stake Out different from the rest? It’s all about the riding. When we started kicking around the idea to create an event in the summer of 2017 in the Sierra Nevada, we did the research, covered every mile, and found an epic camping area that we knew motorcyclists would appreciate.

Sierra Stakeout campsite

A tent, a bike, and epic scenery. What else do you really need?

Geoff Kowalchuk

Rich in history, the home of the Sierra Stake Out lies on the old Donner route just 70 miles east of Sacramento where horse-drawn wagons led many to their demise in 1946. Many also traveled this way in the pursuit of gold.

When in the area, not only are you experiencing America’s deep pioneering history, but you experience some of the best untapped riding in the world. The Sierra Stake Out is in the heart of Gold Country, which means there are incredible roads in all directions heading out of camp. Ride Donner Pass into Truckee or take a virtually careless day trip to Bucks Lake where you won’t see another person in miles. Snowmelt-fed rivers, pristine lakes, and shaded mountain roads are just a few of the perks.

Sierra Stakeout Motorcycle Campout

Riding iron through gold country.

Geoff Kowalchuk

“Between entertainment, a product toss of gear and merch valued at more than $4,000 was launched to this year’s attendees, and designated burn barrels turned into late-night hangouts where new friends were made.”

During the day, you were expected to get out of camp with suggested routes provided by Biltwell and wash away the prior night’s sins in the Yuba River, Lake Tahoe, or any of the countless watering holes. When you got back to camp, you were greeted with a Pie for the People dinner option, open bar with Sailor Jerry and 805, live shows by Pete and Repete, bluegrass with the Pine Street Ramblers, and one hell of a karaoke contest (where an alarmingly confident Russian won with a rendition of Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart”), and it was all emceed by the world-renowned Dumptruck with help from The Great Magoo.

Sierra Stakeout campers

And good time was had by all.

Geoff Kowalchuk

A bike show was curated by the folks at Old-Stf, and winners received trophies. Between entertainment, a product toss of gear and merch valued at more than $4,000 was launched to this year’s attendees, and designated burn barrels turned into late-night hangouts where new friends were made. In the morning you were greeted with breakfast pizza, a strong cup of coffee, and then you’d do it all over again.

Sierra Stakeout Map

The fun starts here. Where it ends is up to you.

Geoff Kowalchuk

Feeling like you may have missed out on one hell of a time? Planning for Sierra Stake Out 2 is well underway, and tentative dates will be August 3–5, 2018, so mark your calendar and stay tuned to sierrastakeout.com and @sierrastakeout for all the info, riding routes, and fun planned for next year.