6 Night/7 Day Guest Experience: Easy Hikes in the Lost Sierra

No matter what time of year you visit, Greenhorn Ranch offers an action-packed agenda that’ll keep you busy from dawn until well past dusk…Here’s a sample of what a week of adventure and relaxation looks like in the Lost Sierra, including ideas for some easy hikes, right in our backyard. The hikes listed here are suitable for hikers of all abilities. The best part of a Greenhorn Ranch stay is, you can do as little or as much as you want.


Check-in starts at 12 p.m. We’ll deliver your bags to your room or cabin and you can head over to the pool to cool off,  or stop by the Saloon for some fun and games. Take a moment to get to know our Wranglers and staff, and your fellow Greenhorn guests. We end each day with a campfire and stargazing. It’s a ritual you won’t want to miss even once while you’re here.

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After breakfast (served starting at 7:00 am) head to our arena for a Greenhorn orientation and to learn how to saddle and ride. We’ll head out on a trail ride (optional) where you’ll get to explore the breathtaking vistas that are around every corner in the Lost Sierra. We’ll canter back to the ranch for lunch and then you’re free to swim, try your hand at fly-fishing or archery, or just take a stroll around the ranch. If a more serious hike is on your agenda, check out the Live Oak Trail, a 2.9 mile loop that starts just down the road in Quincy. When you return, it’s time to get back in the saddle for an afternoon ride.



After breakfast, it’s time to saddle up for another trail ride. You’ll arrive back at the ranch just in time for lunch and some afternoon relaxation. If you haven’t yet cast a line in our stocked fly-fishing pond, give it a try today. Or just relax poolside and dig into a book. If that sounds too tame, round up some friends and try your hand at a friendly game of blackjack or Texas hold ‘em in our Saloon (just for fun, of course). Dinner’s served soon! After you’ve eaten your fill, get ready for some Frog Catching.



Ready to saddle up your morning ride? You’re practically a pro by this point! It’s “Greenhorn’s choice” today, so tell your Wrangler where you’d like to go. Riding along the river or through thick forests ... it’s up to you. When you return to the ranch, grab a bite of lunch and then it’s time to relax. Bet you’re a pro at taking it easy, too! You’re free to saddle up for a second ride, or head out for another hike. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, try the Grass Valley Bald Mountain trail, it’s a 4.4 mile out-and-and-back through the forest. If you’d rather, hit balls at a nearby golf course, go wine tasting or mountain biking….the sky’s the limit at Greenhorn Ranch.

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You know the routine -- it’s second nature. Maybe today’s the day to take a morning ride and then head off property to explore the trails around Sardine Lake, Gold Lake or Long Lake. RIght here in our backyard, there are hundreds of marked trails for hikers of all abilities. Many of them are just a short drive away. And while you’re at it, explore the cute town of Graeagle or stop by the Brewing Lair Brewery in Blairsden for a cold brew. If a visit to Graeagle is on your agenda, check out Sardine Lakes, a 1.8 mile easy, scenic loop. The Greenhorn Ranch hands will be awaiting your return.



We’ll hit the trails right after breakfast. When you return, try your hand at some of our lawn games like volleyball and croquet. If you prefer to stay in, there’s ping pong or pool, what’s your fancy? Before your second ride, head to our shooting range for some skeet shooting at 2:30. Even though we hate to say goodbye, get ready for tonight’s Adios Dinner.



Your bags are packed but you’re not ready to go? We hear that a lot! Leave your bags at the desk and get out there for one more ride. We know we’ll see you again soon.

Times to remember:

7:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m. daily: Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Trail Ride

11:30 a.m. daily: Lunch

12:30 - Rest and/or activities

4:00 Trail Ride

6:00 Dinner

Xx Bonfire

Alli Phillips