Sierra Sidewinder 2022
Friday, July 8th
Rally headquarters will be at Topaz Lodge overlooking Topaz Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. The lodge has a cafe, steakhouse, pool and casino, as well as an on-site gas station with Nevada prices (the lodge is a few hundred feet east of the California border.)
The Topaz Lodge is discounting the rooms 25% and holding 16 rooms with 2 queen beds ($109). Rates are about $36 off rack, so tell them you’re with COG group when you reserve. - 800-962-0732.
There are lots of great routes to Topaz, but for riders wanting to join the parade up Highway 395 from SoCal or Nevada, some of us will be spending Thursday night (July 7) in California City and meeting up at the motel post breakfast. We’ll also be watching for any riders at Friday’s lunch stop in Lee Vining at the base of Tioga Pass.
Saturday, July 9th
We’ll get an early start and immediately tackle Monitor Pass, 8,314 feet, which offers dramatic views of straight back down to the Antelope Valley 3,000 feet below. After breakfast in Markleville, it’s up Woodfords, through Hope Valley and to Carson Pass, 8,560 feet. Then we coast past Kirkwood and Silver Lake to Pioneer on the west side of the Sierra, where we’ll take a scenic shortcut through West Point and Sheep Ranch before joining Highway 4 at Avery.
Back on a main road, it’s east again as we ride through Arnold, past Calaveras Big Trees and Lake Alpine and over Ebbett’s Pass at 8,731 feet. Back on the east side of the Sierra, the road turns into a rollercoaster and it’s back through Monitor Pass. Dinner will be a few miles up the road from Topaz Lodge at Iggy & Squiggy’s Trailerhood Bar & Grill.
Sunday, July 10th
After breakfast Sunday at Topaz, we will head south on 395 along the winding West Walker River through Coleville and Walker to Sonora Junction. Those who choose the route west – rather than straight south towards Las Vegas and L.A. – will ride up 108 and over Sonora Pass, 9,643 feet. Surrounded by mountain peaks, we’ll descend the western slopes of the Sierra to Pinecrest Lake, past Long Barn and Twain Harte to our familiar Sidewinder haunt of Jamestown for lunch. From there, the options of super slab are a throttle twist away, but ride leads will likely head down through Gold Country through the “Little Dragon” before turning towards Merced and home.
Registration & Fees
Registration will be done online through the COG website. There are no registration fees, but we're asking everyone to register online so we have an idea of how many people are participating. Online registration will close at 11:59 pm on 07/05/2022.
Sierra Sidewinder event shirts are available for purchase in the COG store. Available in a variety of colors, in both short-sleeve as well as long-sleeve. Check it out.
Questions & Additional Information
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