Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to FAQ's for the Mountains to Meadows Trail Fest. If you have other questions please email


Q.  How much is registration? 

  • Full festival passes: $149 until June 15th. After June 1st, $175.
  • VIP Festival Pass: $699
  • Dirt Magic Pass (Full Festival Pass, but you dig with our trail crew for one day): $50
  • Festival Team Pass: $50 (You must volunteer a total of 8 hours on the festival grounds for this pass)
  • Kids under 17 are Free. 
  • Kids under 17 who will be joining us for breakfast meals on Friday and Saturday are $40. 

Q. What does a Festival Pass include?

A. Festival Pass includes:

  • Camping at Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds
  • Live Music Friday & Saturday
  • Catered meals by Mountain Magic Catering. (Friday & Saturday breakfast) 
  • If volunteering for trailwork, a sack lunch is provided
  • 3 beer tickets for 21+
  • First come, first serve locally led group rides and other activities
  • Time in the mountains for shenanigans with friends  

Q. VIP Pass? What’s that?

  1. Everything a festival pass includes, PLUS a shuttle each day, all meals taken care of, VIP camping and lounge. Come, adventure, and worry about nothing!


  • $15 RV Camping Upgrade (limited spots available)
  • $40 Mt. Hough shuttles from Yuba Expeditions
  • $40 meal pass for kids 17 & under (To have the fantastic breakfast Friday & Saturday)
  • $12 sack lunch Friday & Saturday

Q.  If I opt for the Dirt Magic Pass, what does the trail work like? 

A.  Trail work is physical labor but incredibly fun! Boots, long pants, long sleeves, eye protection, plenty of water, and a hat are recommended. A sack lunch will be provided. You’ll be getting dirty and using hand tools for either trail maintenance or construction. Either way, you’ll gain a huge appreciation for what it takes to create trails and make them sustainable and fun!

Q.  Are there passes available for a single day? 

A.  We will only offer single day passes on-site to locals to come enjoy the music and festivities beginning at 4 PM Friday & Saturday. No other festival inclusions will apply to a single day pass.

Q.  Can I register at the event as a walk up?  

A.  We will have walk up day passes available for locals only on Friday & Saturday. Full festival passes must be purchased in advance.

Q.  Can I get a refund after I sign up?  

A.  THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR THIS EVENT.  This is a fundraiser for local trails and your festival pass purchase supports Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and its mission to revitalize rural mountain communities, using trails as the tool. We highly recommend that you purchase the event insurance offered in the registration platform, which may cover you for illness and other issues that may lead to you not being able to participate.


Q.  Can I camp in my RV or Trailer? 

A.  Yes! A $15 add-on RV pass affords you one of these spots, which will be first come, first serve. RV sp[ots have electric and water hookups (no sewer). Pioneer RV Park, just outside the fairgrounds, has a $10 dump station. Event staff have the authority to direct RV’s/Trailers to appropriate locations so as to not block out any others.

Q.  Will I get to park my vehicle right next to my tent?

A.  Maybe. There is ample space for car parking in the fairgrounds’ tent areas. However, there is no guarantee and we recommend bringing a wagon or gear transport just in case. Overflow parking will be available just outside of the fairgrounds entrance.

Q.  How can I get the best camp spot? 

A.  Arrive as early as you can on Thursday. The gates open at 2PM.

Q. Are there quiet times?

A.  Yes, 10PM to 6AM. 


Q. What bathroom and shower facilities are available at the event? 

A. The fairgrounds have restroom and shower facilities in the Lower Campground, a bathroom/shower facility in the main area, and an additional large restroom area in the main festival area. If necessary, porta potties will be available.


Q.  What food is provided and what do I need to bring?

A.  Breakfast is provided on Friday & Saturday, and sack lunches will be available for those doing trail work on the day they dig. Food trucks will be available Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. There will be only one truck Thursday so you may want to eat in town if you want other options. If you do not take advantage of the food truck at the Fairgrounds Friday & Saturday night, plan for those meals as well.

You can view the Friday & Saturday breakfast menus here.

Q. Will there be Coffee?

A.  Coffee will be provided with the catered breakfasts Friday & Saturday, as well as Sunday by SBTS staff. If certain coffee is a priority for you, please bring your own set up as well.

Q.  What about drinking water?

A. There is potable water available at the fairgrounds. As always, bring your own bottled water for convenience.


Q.  What will the weather be like? 

A.  The weather in late September is usually pleasant early fall weather. Average temperatures are 74/54. However, this is the Sierra Nevada mountain range and anything can happen. Wind, hail, thunderstorms, and even snow have occurred this time of year. Please be prepared for all conditions.

Q.  Will campfires be allowed? 

A.  Small portable stoves or propane fire rings with shut-off valves are allowed at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds. We will have a fire pit lounge area in the main festival center.


Q. How do I sign up for locally led adventures and other activities? 

A. We will have sign up sheets for locally led adventures and festival shenanigans located at the Shuttles/Adventures Area beginning Thursday at 2 PM.  All locally led adventures will stage and leave from the Adventures area and are first come, first serve with maximum capacities.


Q.  How can I find out about being a sponsor or vendor at this event?

A.   Email your inquiry to Partner/Sponsor Coordinator:


Q.  Can I bring my dog?

A.  No, Plumas County has an ordinance banning dogs from the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds. Please leave the furries at home.

Q.  Can kids under 18 be registered without a parent/guardian? 

A. No.

Q.  Will there be shuttles for Mt. Hough and Downieville? 

A. Mt. Hough Shuttles will be available Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9AM to 3 PM. Shuttles can be added on during the registration process. If you’re looking for a shuttle in the Downieville system, call Big Boulder Adventures at 530-277-7559 or Downieville Outfitters at 530-289-0155.

Q. Can I bring my ebike?

A.  Yes! Mt. Hough and the majority of the Downieville trail system consist of motorized singletrack. South Park and the Lakes Basin area are non-motorized.

Q. Where do proceeds go from this event?

A.  All proceeds benefit Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and our mission of revitalizing mountain communities using trails as the tool. Any proceeds from the event go directly into trail funding and maintenance.


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