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Level: Advanced
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +652/ -3,288 ft
Total: 59 riders

Mountain Biking Pauley Creek

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#100 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,429 in the world

Drop off Packer Saddle on the Sunrise Trail singletrack, when ya get to the fire trail Butcher Ranch drops in, NOT THIS TIME Yacky.

Go right down fire road 93-3 , then up fire road 93-3, then down fire road 93-3 till forest service sign high in the tree for Pauley Creek. Left on to some tore up jeep trail, much blood and fun to be had, so keep yar head about ya,,,, K?

It will turn to singletrack, ranging from, mellow, rocky, steep, sketchy, and buttah couple of bridges, lots of creek crossings

Will dump out on Butcher Ranch which can be pretty toreup at times of the year, cross bridge do climb to Third Divide which will come out on Lavezzola fire road, head left, just passed bridge to the right will be 1st divide singletrack cross fire road again following 1st Divide to town.

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First added by Juan_Gear on Jul 26, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
HWY 49 ta Downieville park in lot, walk passed info kiosk to Yuba Expeditions, buy a shuttle ride to Packer Saddle.

There is some copy cat shuttle people in town, but we roll with Greg an his crew
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  • Adam Van Winkle

    I finally had my first trip to Downieville! I loved it! The rain from earlier in the week left the dirt juuuust right, the creek crossings werent too bad but my right foot and butt were pretty wet at times. I rented an Ibis Mojo HD 4 and once I got it dialed in that bike was perfect for the terrain.(bring a shock pump and read up on the recommended settings for the bike you will be renting before you go)
    However, if you are strapped for cash and are worried about riding an older style bike I can tell you there was a guy in my group that was as fast if not faster than me on an old (mid-2000's) Santa Cruz Heckler with a huge stem and narrow bars. So, run what ya brung and just know what you are capable of. I rented because I was concerned about my 100/100 mm travel trail bike handling the high speed hits, and in hind sight, I could have done it but I would have had to slow down quite a bit in some spots.

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  • cgreen5150

    Another kick ass trail in Downieville. Trail is in good condition now. Go ride!

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  • gar29

    Shuttle service is up and running from Downieville.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Excellent trail, part of which is included in the downieville downhill. Awesome mountain singletrack deep in the forest!

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  • Juan_Gear

    Or second option is take 2nd divide back ta fire road right will take ya ta 1st divide, just before bridge

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