23 Aug

Make a Sustainable Camping Plan for the Hoedown

What makes the Lost Sierra Hoedown sustainable?

It’s us! Every attendee, volunteer, artist and team member. It’s our community goal and challenge to produce less trash, use less resources, Leave No Trace and genuinely practice Simple Livin’.  The most important thing to do is build your Hoedown team early and create a sustainable camping plan to coordinate carpools, camp gear and meal plans.

Maximize fun and minimize impact – Simple Livin’

Carpooling is fun for everyone and the perks are endless. If you show up in the same car as your friends, choosing and finding your campsite is easy. It’s also helpful for sharing gear, so no one ends up hauling unnecessary  gear into the ski bowl.

Gear share. Some say that the walking path from the parking lot to the ski bowl is mighty steep. When you collaborate with your friends on gear, no one needs to haul in unnecessary extra equipment. Pack light but smart with your friends. There’s always room on the Cody Express gear shuttle for small well packaged loads.  Rent, borrow, and share gear instead of buying new to minimize your camping footprint.

Pack Your Trash. The Hoedown provides receptacles for recycling and compost, but it’s up to every individual to pack out their trash. The best way to avoid ending a triumphant hoedown by wrestling a large bag of smelly trash is to plan ahead. With help from Sierra Watch, we’ve taken the first step to eliminate single use cups. You will receive a free Hoedown cup at the gate that works great for frosty pints, coffee, soup and more. Bringing your own reusable utensils and plates cancels out even more trash. Remember, fresh mountain spring water is free and abundant so no need for bottled water at this Hoedown.

Food Options. Visit the Plumas Ski Club Cafe, Taqueria Maria’s food truck, or feed yourself. Either way, bring your own plate and utensils. If you do choose to bring and cook your own food, bring items that aren’t overly packaged. Buy bulk and local from a market like the Quincy Natural Foods Co-op. Professionals Hoedowners often bring homemade snacks in reusable containers but purchase most meals from vendors to save time for bootstompin’ and adventure instead of cooking and dishwashing. Plus, Plumas Ski Club will be grilling up delicious burgers and more to raise money to keep community skiing activities alive at Johnsville. 

During the Hoedown, practice Simple Livin’. Try to leave your vehicles parked for the weekend and practice human powered recreation i.e. biking, hiking, swimming and exploring. Learn more about Simple Livin’ here.



About the venue

The Lost Sierra Hoedown is the only event of its kind to take place inside a State Park in California. The venue is remote, surreal, stunning, and natural… and we like it that way. It is a massive privilege to have such an event inside the State Park, and it is only possible with the utmost respect for the site. By planning ahead and keeping sustainability in mind, we can leave the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and Plumas Eureka State Park in better shape than we found it for the fifth year in a row.