For an in depth look at the history of Weaverville visit www.historicweaverville.info/sites/default/files/Search_for_Gold_in_Weaverville.pdfTRAVEL
Gold! That magic word brought miners to Weaverville, California in droves, following the discovery of rich deposits in 1849. The original tent city was rapidly replaced by a thriving town and fortune seekers came from around the world seeking gold, including French noblemen Baron and Baroness de La Grange. Their La Grange mine (the world's largest at the time) utilized that latest in technology –hydraulic mining—which used high-pressure water nozzles to blast away at the soil to reach the gold ore beneath. The water that blasted through the high pressure nozzles flowed down the mountain through ditches and flumes built by hand by thousands of Chinese laborers.
Over 150 years later these trails and flumeway now provide some of the best mountain biking imaginable.
While the movie “Gold Is Where You Find It” is typical 1930's Hollywood western cheese, this movie that was shot in Weaverville does provide very accurate depictions of hydraulic mining methods. View the original movie trailer at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwLQdfkqipU
Redding Municipal Airport (RDD) is 54 miles from Weaverville. Drive time from the airport to Weaverville is just over an hour. International travelers will want to travel to San Francisco (SFO) to through US customs before catching a one hour flight to Redding aboard United Airlines or its affiliate, Horizon.
Weaverville is located at an elevation of 2,051 feet at the base of the Trinity Alps. While early October in Weaverville is usually warm and sunny during the day, with temperatures in the 70's or 80's, its mountain location can also bring with cooler temperatures. Nighttime lows can range from the 60's to the 40's and even the 30's. Rain is unusual for this time of year, but still possible.
Weaverville has hotels, motels, lodges and B&B's located within minutes of the race venue. Information on these establishments can be found at www.weavervilleinfo.com . While accommodations within Weaverville will likely fill up fast there are also accommodations nearby in Douglas City, Junction City, Trinity Center, Salyer and Redding. Information on those establishments can be found here http://visittrinitycounty.com/where-to-stay/
INDIAN CREEK LODGE
Located just 8 miles from the race venue this quaint lodge is located right on the Trinity River. Bring your fishing pole!
Weaverville Airport and turn left on East Weaver Rd., go 1 mile to the campground. Daily fee is $14 per site. There are pit toilets, each campground has a fire-ring and picnic table and there are a few water spigots with really good local water. No reservations are taken.
RV CAMPING / TENT CAMPING
East Weaver Campground is only ten minutes from the venue. From Weaverville take Highway 3, just past the
Douglas City Campground, 7 miles east of Weaverville on Highway 299. This campground on the edge of the Trinity River contains 60 Tent/Trailer campsites, water, vault and/or flush toilets, and water access.
Junction City Campground, 8 miles west of Weaverville on Highway 299. There are real flushing toilets (!), each campground has a fire-ring and picnic table and are a few water spigots with really good local water. Daily fee is $14 per site. No reservations are taken.
Rush Creek Campground, 6 miles from Weaverville out Highway 3. Each campground has a fire-ring and picnic table and there are pit toilets but no running water. Daily site fee is $10. No reservations are taken.
Sidney Gulch Campground, Across the highway from our venue. 504 Main St., Weaverville, CA 96093(530) 623-6621. They have sites with full hook-ups, pull-through sites, laundry facilities, showers. NO TENT CAMPING.
For more information visit http://visittrinitycounty.com/what-to-do/camping-rving/
Since 2002 the 12 Hours of Weaverville mountain bike endurance race on these world class trails. That event has been a rider favorite thanks to its 12 miles course that boasts 1600' of climbing per lap. The first 3 miles is a fireroad climb, followed by a mile of mostly level and then the rest is fun, flowy, mostly downhill singletrack.
Race organizers are considering a couple of different options for the course route for the 2015 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Championships. The final route will be announced in late October.
Over a hundred and sixty years ago teams of Chinese laborers working with hand-tools dug the ditches and flumes that supplied water to the high-pressure hydraulic mining nozzles. Engineers had charted the ditches' routes down the mountain to follow the contours of the land to maximize the length of the ditches to give the them the greatest volume and water pressure. What those engineers and laborers didn't know, was that they were also carving what would later become fantastic mountain bike trails.
Much of the course will be on singletrack trails following those historic ditch routes. Their gentle down-slope, sweeping curves and narrow width make these sections some of the most fun mountain bike trails imaginable.
4 & 8 HOURS OF WEAVERVILLE
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Here's your chance to race on the same trails that we'll use for the World Championships.
Click here for details.
THINGS TO DO NEAR WEAVERVILLE
Weaverville offers a nearly endless array of outdoor opportunities. There is world class fishing, white-water rafting and kayaking on the Trinity River just west of town. There are three lakes nearby that are popular destination for water sports, including water-skiing, fishing, and house-boating. Trinity Lake is 19.5 miles away, Lewiston Lake is 22 miles and Whiskeytown Lake is 38 miles from downtown Weaverville.
Mt. Lassen National Park is 50 miles east of Redding. Lassen Peak itself is a craggy massif that rises to the considerable height of 10,457 feet. Much of the park presents a familiar northern California scene -- aspen, firs, pines, willows, alders, poplar, shrubs, and wildflowers. Resident fauna ranges from black-tailed deer to mountain lions. Yet throughout the park, cinder crags and magma canyons continue to offer proof of former violence, while gurgling thermal features suggest the possibility of a fiery future.
As is also true of a large portion of northern California, the park is covered with deep snow for much of the year, which has had the effect of producing several beautiful lakes. The park is a favorite with snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Many hikers first encounter this park on their trek down the Pacific Coast Trail, which passes through the park's wilderness backcountry.
Volcanism displays its spectacular and destructive artistry in this vast panorama of devastated landscape. Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California is evidence of the incredible violence that occurs below the surface of our planet. The last eruptions here took place early in this century, but Lassen still has an otherworldly terrain of broken mountains, scorched land, bubbling mud pots, and hissing steam.
Catch a glimpse of Lassen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gaB-EPKwptU
Trinity Alps Wilderness has more than enough to satisfy hikers, campers, bird watchers, nature and other outdoor land recreational enthusiasts. Miles of trails into the mountains provide memorable hiking and horseback riding, while abundant camping facilities provide a place to pitch camp for family outdoor fun.
The 517,000-acre Trinity Alps Wilderness is the second largest designated wilderness in California and spans three national forest boundaries. Laced with trails, rivers, forests, and peaks, this is one wilderness where you can travel for weeks and never exhaust all the possible trails.
Redwood National Park. Visit the magnificent coastal redwoods of Humboldt County—to walk, explore and soak up the silence and grandeur of forests unlike any others in the world. Whether your tastes run to scenic drives or hiking trails, you’ll find plenty of choices in Redwood National & State Parks in the north county, or along the Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods State Park in south county. These two jewels adorn a crown studded with many other parks, forests, preserves and beaches, making Humboldt County a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor recreation. Fishing, kayaking, biking,rafting, backpacking, birding and more are all pursued avidly on the Redwood Coast. Within this splendid natural setting, visitors also discover a richhistory and vibrant culture. Picturesque farming towns and fishing villages have changed little over the years, yet provide amazing culinary, wine and craft beer experiences as well as a treasure trove of local arts and entertainment.