Downieville Downhill

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4.80 out of 5
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16.0
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Singletrack
↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 6,500 ft
7,074
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About this trail
17 MILES OF DOWNHILL AND 5000 VERT. DROP!!! Its been profiled in three or four mountain biking magazines. Singletrack for 85% of ride. steep technical on top with creek crossings, faster high speed on lower area called 2nd divide, waterfalls, swimming holes, long suspension style bridges, and getting rockier each year, go soon! MTB magazines said possibly the best singletrack in the West!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: how much money to get in -sampurx

A: 20 bucks a person for shuttle at Yuba Expeditions

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Q: Would you recommend this trail for someone who has only recently started mountain biking? Would you say it is very rocky and difficult? -mountainbikingrocks

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System Trails (4)
System Trails (4)
1st / 2nd / 3rd Divide
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Butcher Ranch
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Reviews (29)
 

Granny Gear

August 25, 2019
 
Review: Truly amazing, once in a lifetime biking experience. The scenery is priceless and the ride is legendary. **** super important: be sure to have a reliable trail app on your phone loaded before you head out. You do not want to get lost here!!! We used AllTrails and it saved us a dozen times from going the wrong way. .... generally for advanced riders and not the faint of heart. There's a handful of areas with very narrow single tracks - fall to the side and you might be in some very serious trouble. Coupe riders we went with were intermediate level, managed to get through it but not without lots of concern. ... don't miss this one, 1,000% worth getting there!!!

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Granny Gear

March 7, 2019
 
Review: Gnarly

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Doubletrack


July 29, 2017
chefmark Doubletrack  
 
Review: Really a great trail You should ride it at least once in your life

Similar Trail: cannell

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Gramcounter

October 17, 2016
lhogue Gramcounter  
 
Review: Consistently ranked as one of the best Mtn. Biking areas in the US for a reason. Greg and the guys from Downieville Outfitters are up on the trails early in the Spring grooming them perfectly and have been doing it for over 20 years. A couple of days are necessary and if you're like me, you can make it an annual stop on wherever your Mtn. Biking adventure takes you. Downieville Outfitters shuttle you to the top for 14 miles of shear enjoyment. The Flowy, banked sections of Sunshine at the top take you to Butcher Ranch for some fast technical fun, and finally down to the third divide, which is a ripping fast banked flow trail that crosses creeks has just enough bumps and has some awesome views along the way. This ride can be done in an hour and change and a second shuttle can be caught to go catch either Pauley Creek or Big Boulder loop. These rides start at the same drop point with the shiuttle, but at the fire road crossing at the Butcher Creek entrance you'll hang a right and begin to climb. Not a super taxing climb, but it IS a long, slow grind. Once at the top you'll catch some more amazing flow trails through the woods with more sweeping fast turns and nicely positioned drops that tie back into the 3rd/2nd divide sections of the Downieville Downhill. Spend a couple of days doubling up these rides and another day or two exploring some of the other trails. Having ridden everywhere from the Rocky's west and from Whistler to San Diego, I would recommend Downieville be put on top of every bucket list.

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Gramcounter

September 19, 2016
 
Review: pretty dope used downieville outfitters $20 shuttle.

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Granny Gear

July 13, 2016
Holly Cass Granny Gear  
 
Review: Took my 9 yr old who proved to be a bad ass. The drops and water sections were our favorite. Butcher proved to have some really fun berms as well. We showed up with our turner crew and had a great day! Love this and can't wait to come back next year!

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Granny Gear

May 31, 2016
 
Review: Sunrise trail was still closed because of snow when I was there on 05/27/16. There were huge snow drifts on the road about a half mile from the sunrise trail head but you can still hike/ride through the snow about 2 miles along butcher ranch road to ride butcher ranch trail right now

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Granny Gear

May 31, 2016
 
Review: Sunrise trail was still closed because of snow when I was there on 05/27/16. There were huge snow drifts on the road about a half mile from the sunrise trail head but you can still hike/ride through the snow about 2 miles along butcher ranch road to ride butcher ranch trail right now

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Gramcounter

October 2, 2015
 
Review: We had Yuba Expeditions ( great not for profit shop) shuttle us up to the top of Sunrise, from there we did Butcher Ranch, to Third Divide to First Divide. The trail was a lot of fun and there is lots of speed to be had. It was very dry and dusty, and rather easy to lose control ( which I did on third divide). Lots of rocks but nothing you can't either ride or hike a bike over. Not a ton of climbing ( we only climbed 1285 in the 17 miles).

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Gramcounter

September 26, 2015
 
Review: I'm a intermediate downhill and beginner uphill (which means I have no uphill endurance) rider I hiked-a-bike more then a bit and white knuckled 50% of the downhill..Some nice flowing downhill sections mixed with a good amount of rocks and roots. I will be doing this again but next time I'll have a better fitness level.

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Downieville Downhill MTB Trail 4.80 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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