Yuba Donner Loop

This federally designated scenic loop northwest of Lake Tahoe touches numerous parts of Nevada County, taking its name from the two 7,000-foot Sierra passes it traverses. The route passes through numerous small towns and historic villages, along aspen-lined riverbanks and past hillsides cloaked with evergreen and deciduous foliage. *The byway officially begins where state highways 20 and 49 intersect in the Grass Valley-Nevada City area. From there, it follows Highway 49 on a clockwise route through North San Juan, Camptonville and the historic Gold Rush towns of Downieville and Sierra City. At Sierraville, the route turns south on Highway 89. If you’re returning to Sacramento, follow 89 to Truckee, Interstate 80 and home.

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