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      [L=https://www.reserveamerica.com/articles/hiking/the-top-mountain-biking-destinations-in-america]Downieville, California
      [/L] Sometimes called one of America's top MTB destinations.

      Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the tiny town of Downieville has remained active for years from mountain bike tourism. Also nearby are Lakes Basin and Mills Peak, which offer additional trails and a couple of fast descents for anyone into downhill biking.

      On the bike: This bucket list location has 500 miles of trails with picturesque alpine scenery. What makes Downieville such a treat is the trail variety—ranging from easy to technical and every style in between. This makes a weekend of riding equally fun for beginners and experts. Check out the Downieville Classic, a two-day race in the summer that drops 5,000 feet in 15 miles.

      Off the bike: This gold rush town is quaint and a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of big cities. Tahoe National Forest is an excellent place to hike, while the Underground Gold Miners Museum will be enjoyable for history buffs. Photography fans will enjoy taking pictures by the river, and you can head into town for pizza and ice cream when you’ve worked up an appetite.

      Where to camp: Union Flat and Ramshorn.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Shuttleable: YES
      Land Status: National Forest
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 45
      • 21
      • 20

      Region Status
      Open as of Jun 17, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      88
      Trails Mountain Bike
      86
      Trails E-Bike
      70
      Trails Hike
      87
      Trails Trail Running
      87
      Trails Horse
      73
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      68
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      47
      Total Distance
      219 miles
      Total Descent
      49,845 ft
      Total Vertical
      6,186 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,502 ft
      Reports
      311
      Photos
      1,018
      Ridden Counter
      20,299

      Outside+ Logo Articles

      Video: Turning a Mining Town into a Mountain Biking Mecca in 'Dirt Magic'
      Sep 6, 2019 from pinkbike.com
      It all started with a van, a chainsaw, and a few maxed-out credit cards

      Photos of Downieville Mountain Bike

      37 |
      Mar 14, 2022 @ 10:32am
      Mar 14, 2022
      24 |
      Mar 13, 2022 @ 12:57pm
      Mar 13, 2022
      | 1 comments
      35 |
      Mar 13, 2022 @ 12:56pm
      Mar 13, 2022
      6 |
      Dec 27, 2021 @ 12:15pm
      Dec 27, 2021
      trail: Third Divide
      37 |
      Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:09am
      Dec 22, 2021
      28 |
      Dec 22, 2021 @ 9:09am
      Dec 22, 2021
      427 |
      Aug 14, 2016 @ 9:04pm
      Aug 14, 2016
      565 |
      Jun 25, 2013 @ 10:40am
      Jun 25, 2013
      | 2 comments

      Videos of Downieville Mountain Bike

      Downieville Waterfall
      0:17 | 233 | Sep 13, 2019
      Attacked by Bees
      0:51 | 133 | Aug 16, 2019
      2018 Downie w titos
      29:19 | 121 | Jun 20, 2018
      Hardstyle @ Downieville
      1:35 | 148 | Oct 1, 2017
      Waterfall Line
      0:19 | 236 | Sep 16, 2016
      Nectar on Third
      0:15 | 106 | Sep 6, 2016
      downieville
      2:16 | 86 | Jul 3, 2016
      Two Days of Downieville
      1:58 | 203 | Jun 6, 2016

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #1580036FrugalexriddentrailSierra Buttes / Butcher Ranch Access Roads
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 9:52pm
      10 hours
      user #3076037TmeekerwishlistregionDownieville
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 4:56pm
      15 hours
      user #2643229natealatorwishlistrouteDowneville down
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 12:53pm
      19 hours
      user #2638777nmoorheadwishlisttrailHalls Ranch Trail
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 9:39pm
      1 day
      user #2638777nmoorheadwishlistrouteDownieville Tower to Town
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 9:12pm
      1 day

      Recent Comments

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      user #3086450richbraziltrailLots a Lakes OHV Trail (Rim to Summit Lake)Fun trail. Mostly dirt. Some rocky areas...
      Jul 1, 2022 @ 5:09pm
      3 days
      user #2205263endurodad2ktrailChimney Rock Trail (Rattlesnake to Craycroft)Stunning trail, I’ve only ridden on a dirt...
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 10:58am
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #2205263endurodad2ktrailGold Valley Road (CA 49 to Pavement)Decently maintained fire road, this is a...
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 10:39am
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1828220deln78trailBig BoulderAwesome trail, too bad it takes so much work...
      Jun 12, 2022 @ 6:27pm
      Jun 12, 2022
      user #309187lx93trailFirst DivideGlorified fire road that’s all
      May 28, 2022 @ 7:48pm
      May 28, 2022

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      Pinkbike Articles

      Sep 5, 2019
      Video: Turning a Mining Town into a Mountain Biking Mecca in 'Dirt Magic' Video: Turning a Mining Town into a Mountain Biking Mecca in 'Dirt Magic'
      It all started with a van, a chainsaw, and a few maxed-out credit cards
      Oct 11, 2017
      Downieville Downhill Now Boasts 7,000 Vertical Feet of Descending Downieville Downhill Now Boasts 7,000 Vertical Feet of Descending
      Nine miles of new singletrack highlighted by access to old Pacific Crest Trail alignment.
      Aug 10, 2016
      Downieville Classic 2016 Downieville Classic 2016
      Mountain bikers from every racing discipline descended on the small mining town of Downieville, California in an effort to capture the title of...

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike86208 miles48,465 ft89 miles6,188 ft
      #417#2211,012305167,190
      E-Bike70171 miles40,682 ft74 miles6,188 ft
      #147#452842336
      Hike87217 miles47,470 ft91 miles6,188 ft
      #314#18932981202
      Trail Running87217 miles47,470 ft91 miles6,188 ft
      #314#189298118
      Horse73165 miles33,648 ft67 miles5,138 ft
      1251
      Dirtbike/Moto68153 miles34,747 ft65 miles6,142 ft
      #4#412929
      ATV/ORV/OHV4790 miles10,089 ft26 miles5,538 ft
      #111#613907
      • By FRguild & contributors
      • Admins: SBTS, TheAngryTomato
      • #4438 - 33,642 views

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