20 miles
Distance
3,673 ft
Climb
-7,780 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Like most rides, the hotter it is, the harder this ride becomes. If you're feeling tired when you get to Second Divide, consider opting for Third Divide instead--it's shorter and more downhilly.

This is a pretty burly all-mountain/"down country" ride that incorporates the new (and beautiful) Gold Valley Rim Trail off of Packer Saddle...it goes to the techy new connector trail from GVR to the top of the Pauley Creek double track. Pauley gets narrow and descends, eventually connecting with lower Butcher Ranch Trail. Once you cross the Butcher Bridge, the trail climbs about 500 feet to a fork where you can choose Second Divide for a more pedally, lesser-travelled route, or go right and take the Third Divide roller coaster.

Assuming you take Second Divide, you'll want to make a right at the end of the trail and descend until you reach a bridge (maybe 1/4 mile) and go hard left there to catch First Divide all the way back to town!

Bring lots of water, some snacks and a can-do attitude!
-Gold Valley Rim
- L on to GVR to Pauley Connector Trail
- S on to Pauley Creek OHV Road
- S on to Pauley Creek Singletrack
- R on to Butcher Ranch Trail
- L on to Second Divide Trail
- R on to Lavezolla Road (at the end of Second Divide)
- hard L on to First Divide (just before bridge)
- L on to Lavezolla/Main Street back into town

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Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Downieville Cross Country plus
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Gold Valley Rim-Pauley-2nd Divide Semi Epic mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -4,107 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,897 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,008 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,901 ft
  • Grade
    -3.82%
  • Grade max
    -61.975%
  • Grade min
    44.657%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,974 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      First Divide
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
      reporter
      Main St.
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
      reporter
      Gold Valley Rim Trail
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
      reporter
      Butcher Ranch
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 11:19am
      Oct 27, 2018
      Loose dirt on top with some moisture underneath. Lots of braking bumbs.
      Second Divide
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 11:19am
      Oct 27, 2018
      Not an often used trail so there's lots of leaves and debris the whole route. Still totally rideable but need to be cautious as traction changes quickly.
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