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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 May 29, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      86
      Trails Mountain Bike
      86
      Trails E-Bike
      70
      Trails Hike
      85
      Trails Trail Running
      85
      Trails Horse
      71
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      67
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      47
      Total Distance
      208 miles
      Total Descent
      48,598 ft
      Total Vertical
      6,169 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,485 ft
      Reports
      237
      Photos
      1,013
      Ridden Counter
      14,482

      Photos of Downieville Mountain Bike

      5 |
      May 27, 2021 @ 8:07pm
      May 27, 2021
      trail: Big Boulder
      29 |
      Apr 4, 2021 @ 11:31pm
      Apr 4, 2021
      trail: Big Boulder
      24 |
      Apr 4, 2021 @ 11:31pm
      Apr 4, 2021
      105 |
      Oct 6, 2020 @ 9:11pm
      Oct 6, 2020
      trail: Second Divide
      70 |
      Jul 26, 2019 @ 9:07pm
      Jul 26, 2019
      350 |
      Aug 14, 2016 @ 9:04pm
      Aug 14, 2016
      trail: Second Divide
      326 |
      Oct 7, 2013 @ 1:29pm
      Oct 7, 2013
      474 |
      Jun 25, 2013 @ 10:40am
      Jun 25, 2013
      | 2 comments

      Videos of Downieville Mountain Bike

      Downieville Waterfall
      0:17 | 217 | Sep 13, 2019
      Attacked by Bees
      0:51 | 103 | Aug 16, 2019
      2018 Downie w titos
      29:19 | 110 | Jun 20, 2018
      Hardstyle @ Downieville
      1:35 | 140 | Oct 1, 2017
      Waterfall Line
      0:19 | 216 | Sep 16, 2016
      Nectar on Third
      0:15 | 101 | Sep 6, 2016
      downieville
      2:16 | 85 | Jul 3, 2016
      Two Days of Downieville
      1:58 | 198 | Jun 6, 2016

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

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      user #1242774wschottwishlisttrailNorth Yuba Trail
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 7:51pm
      4 hours
      user #2739835DonaldJ6HUwfwishlisttrailFiddle Creek Ridge and 1 more
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 12:00pm
      12 hours
      user #1554445ficuskriddentrailFirst Divide
      Jun 14, 2021 @ 4:29pm
      1 day
      user #2744217AYqJ4zwishlisttrailSaddleback Road and 4 more
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 12:25pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      user #2047468TooslowishlisttrailNorth Yuba Trail
      Jun 8, 2021 @ 9:53pm
      Jun 8, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #787863SCbaby11reportButcher Ranch Trail (Upper Section)Dry already. Break bumps galore.
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 6:09am
      Jun 5, 2021
      user #529463jminn8086reportSt Charles HillThank you -
      May 30, 2021 @ 6:01pm
      May 30, 2021
      user #529463jminn8086reportSt Charles HillThose trees were cut by a moto crew ... and...
      May 30, 2021 @ 5:59pm
      May 30, 2021
      user #1145612jacojonetrailDownie River Trail/Rattlesnake CreekThis is an awesome moto trail. The lower...
      Nov 5, 2020 @ 7:34pm
      Nov 5, 2020
      user #1541170trek4funtrailBig BoulderThis trail is a blast on a front suspension...
      Oct 30, 2020 @ 9:16pm
      Oct 30, 2020

      Local Badges

      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...
      Mar 21, 2016
      Downieville Classic: New Lost Sierra Triple Crown 2016 Downieville Classic: New Lost Sierra Triple Crown 2016
      The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship team are pleased to announce the addition of the Lost Sierra Triple Crown to their event lineup in 2016. Full...
      Aug 6, 2014
      Photo Epic: 2014 Downieville Classic Photo Epic: 2014 Downieville Classic
      High temperatures, big climbs and fun descents wrap up a weekend at the 19th installment of this all-time classic event.

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike86208 miles48,599 ft89 miles6,168 ft
      #394#2061,010231155,568
      E-Bike70171 miles40,863 ft74 miles6,168 ft
      #125#362202139
      Hike85205 miles46,224 ft87 miles6,168 ft
      #296#17432251119
      Trail Running85205 miles46,224 ft87 miles6,168 ft
      #297#17522517
      Horse71154 miles32,090 ft63 miles5,138 ft
      1091
      Dirtbike/Moto67152 miles34,154 ft64 miles6,089 ft
      #3#311518
      ATV/ORV/OHV4790 miles10,089 ft26 miles5,486 ft
      #18#11923
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