Yet another town that can easily square off with any of the locations on our top 10 list, Downieville is a favorite destination for mountain bikers all across California. According to Greg Williams of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, “There is currently over 150 miles of multiple-use singletrack in the Downieville area, including the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. We have plans to add an additional 30+ miles to the Downieville Trail System by the year 2020.”
Most people know of Downieville due to the Downieville Downhill route, and the race by the same name (the entire festival is known as the Downieville Classic). If you want to sample the goods, show up for the festival, or grab a shuttle any time the trails are snow-free at Yuba Expeditions.
- Downieville Downhill: 16 miles, advanced
- Pauley Creek: 18 miles, advanced
- Big Boulder Trail, 5 miles, expert