Up the Kern River, way north of Kernville and the Johnsondale bridge is the scenic Western Divide Highway. Along this stretch of road is the southern most grove of Giant Sequoia trees, the Trail of 100 Giants. Portions of Sequoia National Forest became Giant Sequoia National Monument in 2000. Dome Rock, Needles Fire Lookout and aspen groves are just a few additional highlights of this region. Ponderosa is a cabin community @ 7200' elevation.
Mountain bikers flock to the Northern Gold Country each summer for the epic trails around the Yuba River. Downieville has an annual bike race. The Sierra Buttes, Gold Lake, and Tahoe National Forest are the wilderness treasures of this Northern Sierra Nevada region. Lakes Basin is the map you'll need to explore the lake trails. Plenty campgrounds and fishing spots along the river and small lakes. Take Highway 49 north outta Grass Valley and just keep driving.