Old Flume Trail / South Yuba Trail

4.40 out of 5
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↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
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This for advanced riders. Sweet singletrack with about a mile of very dire hike for about a mile in the middle. the middle could be cleaned if a mistake did not lead to fall to river below. I have 500 miles down Downivlle downhill and this one had me sweating in a couple of places.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (4 total check-ins)
  cgreen5150   on Jun 16, 2019
  Fafu   on Jul 31, 2017
  wdsbikes   on Sep 12, 2015
  cgreen5150   on Aug 8, 2013
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Reviews (9)


June 10, 2019
Review: This is an epic backcountry experience, overall a solid intermediate trail with sections of advanced hike a bike right next to the river. Watch for bears and snakes, we saw both on the same ride. We didn't get to finish the entire ride because of lack of daylight hours, but the 8 mile section we did was incredible! Know that you're not going to have service, are going to be in the backcountry so plan accordingly.

Similar Trail: Second Divide, Downieville, CA


July 8, 2016
n25 Gramcounter  
Review: no complaints, fun trail to ride


August 9, 2013
cgreen5150 Singletrack  
Review: Daniele415's review below is as accurate as you can get. Still a fun trail.

Similar Trail: Salmon Falls


October 25, 2012
daniele415 Poseur  
Review: We started at the parking lot the directions take you to. It was not too difficult to find. Follow the directions not the signs. It was mostly uphill to the Round mountain trail meet up. A decent mix the rest of the way. I have been mountain biking for about 2 months but have rode dirt bikes the majority of my life so I do consider myself a fairly good rider. I recommended to a few of my buddies who have been riding MTB for the majority of their lives we check out this trail because it was an IMBA epic trail. THIS TRAIL IS NOT EPIC! If you can maintain riding in a skinny bike lane you can ride this trail. While clocking 30 mph on its downhills like we did I would not recommend for beginners anyone can ride this trail. While yes the previously expressed fact that you will most likely die if you slip off of the edge is real the trail is smooth and at its skinniest maybe 18' inches wide. There we a few parts a little more sketchy due to trail slants none of it was THAT bad. The views are to die for. If you are in to MTB for view I have not been many places that could stand with the views this one has to offer. If you are into MTB for jumps, technical riding, or going fast I would recommend Tyrolean or Mr. Toads.


July 18, 2011
jmahler Trailblazer  
Review: I just rode the South Yuba Trail this Saturday and I had a great time. Most of the trail is smooth single track along a very steep hillside overlooking the Yuba River with many awe inspiring views. It has a good mix of up and down portions. There were only a few places where it was too steep to ride up. I only used the three lowest gears during the entire ride. Usually by the time I reached a peak I was too out of breath to haul down the downhill. The shrubbery on the trail is quite overgrown and it is impossible to avoid the poison oak. At the 4 mile point where the South Yuba Trail meets the Humbug Trail there several picnic tables and plenty of room for camping. And there are lots of places to go swimming. Overall the South Yuba Trail is a great ride.


July 25, 2006
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: Beautiful singletrack, watch out for the Poison Oak, chlorinated hot tub kills it! Windex wash or soap stops it. Gold panners love this river.

Similar Trail: Downieville downhills


March 31, 2006
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: Please know what you are doing this one is not forthe faint of heart. Please do not think you are advanced be advanced for years. Missiouri Bar just rips. Your ears pop on the way down over and over. If someone is hurt it will be difficult to remove the remains:{)

Similar Trail: Purdon Crossing. Butcher Ranch.


March 31, 2006
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: This is ADVANCED! We bought a map there. Ride out of town on Releif Road (gravel) Drop dpwn Missiouri Bar trail(ripping single track) Right at the river on to South Yuba Trail only a few feet above the river. Wil become hundereds feet above river. At Edwards Crossing go right on North Bloomfield to Rim Trail. Left on Rim which will loop back to North Bloomfield. then left back to Malakoff Digging.


July 29, 2005
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: I'm back and alive. That was hard core

Similar Trail: Butcher Ranch or Big Boulder

Old Flume Trail / South Yuba Trail MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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