- Sierraville Ranger District offers camping at the Cottonwood Campground, Cold Creek Campground and many other sites. Fishing is available in the Jackson Meadow Reservoir an in several other lakes in the district. The Badenbaugh Trail and the Mt. Lola trail offer spectacular hiking an views of the surrounding area. Mountain biking and horseback riding are available on these trails. A portion of the Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway leads through the District.
Recreation - The Downieville Area offers camping, hiking, biking, OHV riding, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area.
Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
The Sierraville Ranger District encompasses the northeastern portion of the Tahoe National Forest. This District is located around the small towns of Randolph and Loyalton. State Highways 89 and 49 access the region.