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Danny Horton returns to play at the 2023 Lost and Found Gravel Grinder Festival to be held the weekend of Friday, June 2. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

2023 Lost and Found Gravel Festival to return to Portola on Friday, June 2

It’s nearly time for the 2023 Lost & Found Gravel festival, held by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the event will be gearing up in the beautiful Lost Sierra region of Portola, California. The event promises attendees more than just a ride, with a full weekend of activities planned for adventure seekers of all ages.

The festival kicks off on the night of Friday, June 2 with a welcome party at Portola City Park, where participants can pick up their packets and enjoy the sounds of live music by the talented Danny Horton. Local food trucks will be on site to provide sustenance, and adult beverages will be available for purchase from 3 pm to 6:30 pm. All beverage proceeds will go towards trails made and maintained by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), and registered riders and volunteers will receive a free beverage ticket.

On the morning of Saturday, June 3, riders can choose from a 35-mile course for the ‘Good Times Rider’ or a 100-mile course for the ‘Serious Riders and Racers.’ The ride starts at 8 am for the Longest racers and 9 am for the Longer and Long mile racers. After completing their rides, participants can enjoy a post-ride meal in Portola City Park, where local food trucks will be on hand to provide tasty options to refuel. Those not riding can enjoy live music by Johnny Walker & Greg Willis at the Portola park and shop the Lost and Found Expo where Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and Yuba Expeditions will have merchandise booths set up. There will also be options for refreshment in the Beverage Garden and a chance to visit the area’s fun destinations such as the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola and Lake Davis. Participants can also enjoy various other activities, including an awards ceremony, bike wash, bike valet, and free kids’ races. A post-ride party will also occur in the park, featuring live music by Joy and Madness and an open dance floor until 8 pm.

Riders and event attendees relax in the Portola park at the 2022 Lost and Found Gravel Festival. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

The festival concludes on Sunday with a pancake breakfast at Portola City Park from 7 am to 10 am.

Parking for the event will be available near Portola City Park, with volunteers on hand to direct traffic. There will be no event day parking at the park, but attendees can park at the Baptist Church parking lot on S. Gulling St. or the Portola Railyards between Commercial St/First Ave/Western Pacific Way and Middle Fork Feather River.

For those who want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of fun things to do in Portola. The city has a rich history, with its roots in logging and railroads. Visitors can explore the Portola Railroad Museum, which features exhibits and artifacts related to the city’s railway history. The city is also close to the headwaters of the Feather River, a federally recognized Wild and Scenic River, and the surrounding area offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Overall, the 2023 Lost & Found festival promises to be a fun-filled weekend for riders and their families and friends. With a plethora of activities planned, both on and off the bike, participants can look forward to a memorable experience in the beautiful Lost Sierra region. For more information, visit lostandfoundbikeride.com.

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