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
Local Trail AssociationSierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (www.sierratrails.org)
Trails in Route
More Stats for Gold Valley Rim-Pauley-2nd Divide Semi Epic mountain bike route
Altitude change-4,107 ft
Altitude min2,897 ft
Altitude start7,008 ft
Altitude end2,901 ft
Distance climb7 miles
Distance down13 miles
Distance flat3,974 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
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