Alpine: Markleeville & Woodfords

Friday, June 27, 2014

The following excerpts are taken from The Alpine County Visitors Guide:

On the eastern slope of the Sierra the neighboring communities of Markleeville and Woodfords offer a lifestyle of outdoor recreation. With numerous lakes, streams and campgrounds, fishing and camping are popular in this part of the county. 

Named for Jacob Marklee who was killed in a gunfight in 1863, Markleeville is home to the county’s government offices, great restaurants and nearby Grover Hot Springs State Park.

Markleeville hosts an annual bicycle ride called the Death Ride. The route goes over five passes for a total distance of 129 miles and over 15,000 feet of elevation gain.

The Alta Alpina Cycling Club also hosts an annual bicycle ride called the Alta Alpina Challenge. They offer several different routes ranging from the easier Foothill Fun Ride and Wild Sierra metric to the more challenging Wild Sierra Century and the 5 Pass Challenge. The ultimate one day challenge is the 8 Pass Challenge “The World’s Toughest Double Century”; it goes over east Kingsbury Grade, south Luther Pass, east Carson Pass, Blue Lakes Rd, Ebbetts-east & west and Monitor-east & west. It’s 20,300 feet of climbing over 198 miles!

Scenes from downtown Markleeville:

 Dinner at Stonefly:

 Markleeville neighborhood:

 Alpine County Historical Complex-Musuem, Old Webster School and Log Jail:

The following excerpts are taken from The Alpine County Visitors Guide:

Located on historic Highway 88 at the mouth of the West Fork of the Carson River, Woodfords holds title as the oldest non-native settlement in the region. It serves travelers with roadside businesses, campgrounds and lodging.

Woodfords became a remount station of the Pony Express on April 4, 1860.

Scenes around Woodfords on Old Pony Express Way:

Woodfords Station: