Directions

Sierra Friends Center is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about a 20-minute drive from the historic mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City, California. 

Driving Directions

Note: If your GPS recommends Nishinam Gulch Road, do not take it. See below for alternate directions from/to Route 49.

From San Francisco

Driving time from the Bay Area is approximately 3 hours. Please note: Traffic often builds up in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Auburn during rush hour, so you may want to time your trip to avoid late afternoons, particularly on Fridays, when the rush can begin around 3 p.m.! From San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento:

  • Take Interstate 80 east to Auburn California.
  • Exit at Highway 49N to Grass Valley, and continue for 24 miles.
  • In Grass Valley, take exit 182A- marked Highway 174/Colfax.
  • At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto S. Auburn St. and go 1/5th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.)
  • Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

From Reno/Tahoe

  • Take Interstate 80 west to the Nevada City exit (Highway 20), follow for 20 miles to Nevada City. Turn right onto Hwy 49 N just before entering Nevada City, and continue for 2.3 miles. 
  • At The Willo Bar and Restaurant, turn left onto Newtown Rd, and continue for 3 miles. Newtown Rd. is a narrow and winding road that will seem longer than 3 miles.
  • Turn right on Jones Bar Rd and drive for 7/10ths of a mile. Shortly before Jones Bar Road there is a white and green house with John Deere on a street sign.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive for 8/10ths of a mile. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

Park in front of the office slightly to your right. Please note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h.

From Colfax

  • Head North on Canyon Way toward Siems Ave for 0.1 miles
  • Turn Left at CA-174 W
  • Turn Right at S Auburn Street
  • Take the first Right onto CA-174 W/ Central Street and continue for 1.5 miles
  • Turn left to stay on CA-174 W and continue for 11.4 miles
  • Continue to Neal Street
  • Turn Right at S Auburn Street for 0.2 miles
  • Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.
  • Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus

Bicycling Directions

Please note there are no bicycle lanes on the roads to the Sierra Friends Campus. Please ride with caution! Wear a helmet and bright colored clothing and use bicycle lights and reflectors at dawn and dusk.  Please ride on the right hand side of the lane and watch for cars.

From Grass Valley 


Bicycling time from Main Street in Grass Valley takes about 38 minutes one way. 


  •  Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.)
  • Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and ride 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

From Nevada City

Bicycling time from Main Street in Nevada City, CA is about 42 minutes one way.

  • Head west on Cottage Street toward Winter Street. Turn right at Broad Street.
  • Turn left at Bennet Street.
  • Turn left at Monroe Street.  Monroe turns slightly right and becomes Old Downieville Hwy. Continue for 3/10ths of a mile. 
  • Turn left at Champion Rd/Champion MIne Rd and continue for 2.4 miles. Turn right to stay on Champion Road.
  • Turn left at Newtown Road. Total mileage on Newtown Road is 2.4 miles.
  • Turn right at Jones Bar Road and continue for 8/10ths of a mile.
  • Turn right on Woolman Lane and ride 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus. 

Flying

The best airport to use to reach Woolman is via the Sacramento International Airport. 

The driving time from the airport is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

  • Exit Airport to I-5 South and continue for 5.8 miles. 
  • Take exit 522 to merge onto I-80 E toward Reno. Continue for 33.5 miles. 
  • Exit at Highway 49N to Grass Valley, and continue for 24 miles.
  • In Grass Valley, take exit 182A- marked Highway 174/Colfax.
  • At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto S. Auburn St. and go 2/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.)
  • Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

Bus or Train

To Colfax, CA

Colfax is about 30 minutes from Woolman. If you would like to take the bus or train, please let us know ahead of time and we can try to arrange for someone to meet you there.

Colfax Bus Station Information: 

Address
Standlock Bottle Shop
320 Canyon Way,
Colfax, CA 95713
 

Telephone Numbers
Main: 530-346-2248


Greyhound Package Express: 530-346-2248

Greyhound Charter: 800-454-2487

 

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Hours Of Operation
Hours of operation are subject to change. Please call to verify hours before making travel arrangements.


Station

Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Holiday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Greyhound Package Express

Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Holiday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Ticketing

Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Holiday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Colfax Train Information:

Colfax, CA (COX)
Platform only (no shelter)
99 Railroad Street at Church Street
Colfax, CA 95713
 

To Auburn, CA 

Taking the train to Auburn, CA is a wonderful idea. Auburn is about 43 minutes from Woolman. If you would like to take the bus or train, please let us know ahead of time and we can try to arrange for someone to meet you there. Driving directions from Auburn are as follows: 
  • Head North on Nevada Street toward Enterprise Drive for 1 mile
  • Turn Left at CA-49 N/ Grass Valley Hwy and continue for 21.6 miles
  • Take exit 182A for CA-174 toward Colfax/Grass Valley
  • At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto S. Auburn St. and go 2/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto West Main St. and continue for 2.7 miles. (After about 1/2 mile, West Main becomes Rough and Ready Highway.)
  • Turn right onto Bitney Springs Rd. and drive for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Newtown Road and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Jones Bar Rd. and continue for 7/10th of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Woolman Lane and drive 8/10ths of a mile. Please Note: The speed limit on Woolman Lane is 10 m.p.h. There is a large "Sierra Friends Center" sign at the corner of Jones Bar and Woolman Lane. Woolman Lane ends at the Sierra Friends Center campus.

 

Auburn Train Information:

Auburn, CA (ARN)
Platform with Shelter
277 Nevada Street
at Fulweiler Street
Auburn, CA 95603
 

Public Transportation

Overview

There are four legs of travel that deliver you between Grass Valley and the Sacramento International Airport.

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Total Cost: $8.75

If you would like to get to Woolman from the Sacramento or Auburn, start at the relevant leg of the trip:

  1. Airport -> Sacramento: Yolobus Route 42A
  2. Sacramento --> Light Rail: Blue line light rail to Watt & I-80
  3. Light Rail --> Auburn: Placer County Transit to Auburn station
  4. Auburn --> Grass Valley:  Gold Country Stage to downtown Grass Valley

Links to all of the timetables are below.

For travel from Woolman campus to Auburn or Sacramento, just follow the directions below.

Grasss Valley < -- > Auburn (50 Minutes)

Provider: Gold Country Stage (GCS).

Website: http://new.mynevadacounty.com/transit/

Times: 6AM, 8AM, 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM.

Route: Church & Neal -> Auburn Station

Cost: $3 each way.

Auburn < -- > Sacramento (1 Hour)

Provider:  Placer County Transit (PCT).

Website: http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/Transit/PCT.aspx

Times: Every hour between 6AM and 9PM.

Route: Auburn Station -> Watt & I-80 (http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/Transit/PCT/aubexp.aspx)

Cost: $1.25 each way.

Sacramento Light Rail (20 Minutes)

Provider: Sacramento Regional Transit

Website: http://www.sacrt.com/schedulesfares.stm

Times: Every 15 minutes between 5AM and 6PM. Every 30 minutes between 6PM and 9PM.

Route: Blue Line: Watt & I-80 -> 7th & K Street (http://www.sacrt.com/schedules/current/routes/R533.htm)

Cost: $2.50

Sacramento < -- > Airport

Provider: Yolobus

Website: http://yolobus.com

Times: Every hour between 5AM and 10PM during weekdays. 6AM to 10PM on weekends.

Route: When going TO the airport from downtown Sacramento, the fastest route is:

42B Intercity Loop Counter-Clockwise (http://www.yolobus.com/routes/index.php/42B)

When going FROM the airport to downtown Sacramento, the fastest route is:

42A Intercity Loop Clockwise (http://www.yolobus.com/routes/index.php/42A)

Cost: $1-$2 (http://www.yolobus.com/riderinformation/yolobusfares.php#regular)