Sierra Cycling

Focusing on Group Participation

Our ultimate goal in this program is to build a sense of camaraderie and group participation. Through a series of activities and challenges, your individuals are encouraged to bond as a group and to practice the principles of teamwork and friendship.

All participants must be 14 years of age or older. Participants must also meet the Sierra Expeditions height/weight requirements. Cost of all programs is $389 for in-council groups, $415 for out-of-council groups.

About Cycling

Our Cycling program lets you bike with the essentials you would for a day ride, but camp in supreme comfort. Load up our box trailer with all the amenities…unlike backpacking, you won’t be carrying all of your camping equipment. This allows you to focus on the enjoyable part, the riding! Along the way there are places to stop and explore or to take part in different program offerings. Cooking in the mornings and evenings is as you would on a typical car camping trip. Everything you need is in your mobile kitchen: folding tables, propane stoves and lanterns, stocked patrol boxes and coolers with refrigerated items. Cyclists may choose from the itineraries below which vary in cycling difficulty, distance, and program offerings.

Throughout the excursion, you will experience the wonder of the Lower Sequoia National Forest and Kern River Valley. From hiking among Giant Sequoias to spectacular rock climbing and star gazing, your group will have the ultimate opportunity to strengthen as a unit.

A typical day starts off with breakfast, clean up, and packing gear into the box trailer. Stretching and a quick check of the bikes then readies everyone for the day’s cycling. While on the road, stops may be taken for rests, activities such as climbing, or information about the natural history of the area. After everyone has been thoroughly worked out from the day’s activities, it’ll be time to set up camp and cook dinner and enjoy the evening.

All excursions include all fire and wilderness permits, food, guide, water purification methods, safety gear (i.e. satellite phone or radio), first aid kit, outdoor kitchen, bikes and biking equipment. You are allowed to bring your own bike. Other crew gear and fishing permits are the responsibility of your unit.

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Cycling Itinerary # 1

Difficulty: Intro-Intermediate/Challenging
6 days (1 base camp, 5 days out)
Approx. 55 miles

This is a perfect trip for first time riders and folks who just love to cycle. This itinerary features 55 rugged miles of cycling on primarily paved forest service and 4-wheel drive roads. Hiking and camping among Giant Sequoias, traditional rock climbing and rappelling, hiking to the Needles Fire Observation tower, single-track mountain biking, visiting the President George Bush Giant Sequoia tree, and swimming at Peppermint Falls are all available for your group to participate in. We cover the basics of bike terminology, balance, and riding technique.

Cycling Itinerary #2

Difficulty: Intermediate/Strenuous
6 days (1 base camp, 5 days out)
Approx. 60 miles cycling and 6 miles backpacking

This itinerary is designed for the groups who want to cycle and backpack and includes strenuous cycling of 60 miles on forest service roads both paved as well as unpaved. This itinerary features three days of cycling interspersed with an overnight backpacking trip. Hiking among the Giant Sequoias, camping atop Dome Rock, hiking to the Needles Fire Observation tower, single-track mountain biking, visiting the President George Bush Giant Sequoia tree, backpacking into the Kern Canyon for swimming and fly-fishing, hiking and swimming at Peppermint Falls are activities available for your group to take part in.

Note: Backpacking equipment is the responsibility of the participants. It is suggested that personal gear be packed in backpacking packs for the cycling portion of the trip as well as for the hiking portion.

Cycling Itinerary #3

Difficulty: Advanced/Extremely Strenuous
6 days (1 base camp, 5 days out)
Approx. 85 miles

If you love to crank in the saddle all day long, this is the itinerary for you. Super-strenuous cycling, primarily on dirt roads, gives you an incredible tour of the high country. Peddling through sequoia groves, camping atop Dome Rock, hiking to the Needles Fire Observation tower, single-track mountain biking, visiting the President George Bush Giant Sequoia tree, hiking and swimming at Peppermint Falls are all activities available to your group. Other program offerings are daily mountain bike maintenance, In the Saddle (mountain bike specific) Leave No Trace Training, & mountain bike trail construction. However, this itinerary is all about a heaping main course of cycling, with a side-order of program activities.

Note: We strongly recommend numerous training rides be made prior to arrival in order to properly prepare for the intense nature of this itinerary.