October 17, 2016
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.