193 miles
Distance
34,625 ft
Climb
-37,254 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

The route is dangerous and physically strenuous. The creator of this route bears no responsibility for its usage, reference or subsequent occurrences stemming from the same.

Connecting two mining towns of the Eastern Sierra and Tahoe Basin with incredible singletrack and gravel roads.

Intended to be ridden as a four-day bikepacking route with stops at Star Lake, Incline Lake, and Independence Lake.

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • Bike type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Markleeville to Downieville: Complete mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,628 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,896 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,897 ft
  • Grade
    -0.259%
  • Grade max
    -56.233%
  • Grade min
    62.906%
  • Distance climb
    91 miles
  • Distance down
    93 miles
  • Distance flat
    9 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Monument Pass Trail
      Nov 19, 2018 @ 5:47pm
      Nov 19, 2018
      For as much of this trail is decomposed granite, it's not really too bad. There's a couple of sections on the upper third that are really loose.
      First Divide
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
      reporter
      Main St.
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
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      Gold Valley Rim Trail
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 11, 2018
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      TRT/Tahoe Meadows Connector
      Nov 7, 2018 @ 10:58am
      Nov 7, 2018
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