Sierra and Plumas Counties: Loyalton, Sierraville, Graeagle, Portola, Clio, Mowhawk and others
From Truckee, State Hwy 89 leads south to Tahoe City and north to Plumas and Sierra Counties. It doesn’t take long to leave civilization behind and enter the by-gone era of logging and ranching communities.
The first town on our northward journey is Sierraville. Small and rural, with a rich ranching history, Sierraville is set at the southern end of the peaceful Sierra Valley. Many locals from Truckee have moved here for a slower pace and a little less snow. Take a right at Sierraville, and the next stop is Loyalton.
Loyalton was once centered around logging and the Sierra Pacific Mill. Though the mill has closed, there is still a thriving community here, with a high school and many residents commuting to work in Reno and Truckee
Continuing on from Loyalton we reach Hwy. 70 and the small tiny towns of Vinton and Chilcoot.
Had we taken a left in Sierraville, we would have come to the towns of Sattley, and then on to Graeagle and eventually Portola and Quincy in Plumas County. Golf is popular in Graeagle, and several top quality courses are open for play starting in the spring. There is also the scenic Gold Lakes area, Plumas-Eureka State Park, and World class mountain biking in Downieville. These folks have created a fantastic site that gives you tons more information about the Plumas and Graeagle areas.
There are plenty of real estate options in Sierra and Plumas Counties, ranging from entry level homes in Loyalton under $100,000 to huge ranch estates on hundreds of acres for several million dollars.
If you’re willing to drive an extra hour or so, but looking to get away from it all, Sierra and Plumas County properties are an excellent option.