15.0 miles
816 ft
-4,915 ft
1 mile
High Point

This is the classic Downieville Downhill route. Shuttle up to the start at the Sunshine Trail. From there it goes down to Butcher Ranch, 3rd Divide, and First Divide back in to town. There are alternative routes as well, but this is the classic.

Detailed Description
Downieville Downhill is a highly rated 15 mile popular expert route located near Downieville California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 816 ft with a max elevation of 7,106 ft then descends -4,915 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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More Stats for Downieville Downhill mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    2 hr 8 min
  • Altitude change
    -4,101 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,980 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,081 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,979 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,862 ft
Avg: 4.25 (19 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Butcher Ranch Trail
May 15, 2024 @ 8:35am
May 15, 2024
Nice and dry at the bottom, but hit a significant amount of downed trees, branches, other debris, and wet spots higher up. Turned around at 5200'. I wouldn't be surprised if there was snow higher up. Still needs a few more weeks and trailwork. Thank you for all the trailwork that has already been done! It really shows on the lower sections.
Third Divide
May 11, 2024 @ 8:08am
May 11, 2024
Upper First Divide
May 11, 2024 @ 8:08am
May 11, 2024
Sunrise Trail
Apr 7, 2024 @ 10:11am
Apr 7, 2024
Pauley Creek Trail
Apr 7, 2024 @ 10:08am
Apr 7, 2024
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