About the Lost and Found

Hosted in the wide-open and high North Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Lost and Found Gravel Festival is a grand bike ride and festival celebrating mountain life.

The Lost & Found course features a perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Racers must choose their bike wisely as you're not in Kansas, this is the high Sierra.

Gravel road in mountains

The longest route is approximately 100 miles with 6,400' of elevation gain and is 80% dirt. Also available are two shorter and still challenging course options; the 60 mile, with 3,600' gain, and the 35 mile, with 2,700' gain.

All routes start in Portola at the City Park and lead into the surrounding mountains hrough some of the most beautiful and vast alpine valleys California has to offer.

Participants can choose to race or simply ride the route and take advantage of the quality aid stations. Racers and riders from around the world will be invited to lose themselves and find this two-wheeled paradise.

Saturday ride and post event fun in Portola with food, beer, live music, and dancing - the way we like to do it! The festival also celebrates custom frame builders with the Builders For Builders tent, showcasing beautifully crafted frames handmade by the top U.S. fabricators. Many of the builders also take part in Lost & Found on Saturday! Come join us for a great weekend in the Lost Sierra.

If you need more inspiration check out this short video of the 2023 Lost and Found!

Video by Spanish Peak Productions

Rider in paceline amongst flowers

Riders above Sierra Valley

Riders in a forest

Riders at the finish smiling

Lost and Found Band Playing

Lost and Found Festival camping


Proceeds from the Lost & Found go right back into the trails through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

This race supports Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's Lost Sierra Route, connecting 15 mountain communities to promote economic prosperity through recreation.

By participating and fundraising, you will help a region recover from devastating wildfires and economic hardship through the creation of this 600+ mile multiuse trail.

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Crew, New Trail built with steps