3.9 miles
Distance
311 ft
Climb
-1,884 ft
Descent
03:32:21
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Butcher Ranch Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Riding Area
    Downieville
    , California
  • Ref Number
    #11E08
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #532 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1051 in E-Biking
    • #25917 in Hiking
    • #1545 in Dirtbiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 60 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Butcher Ranch is the main trail for the classic Downieville Downhill. This is a legitimate expert-level trail, but much of the difficulty can be mitigated by slowing down and picking your line carefully. There will be some short dismount sections for most riders, but overall, the trail is fast and fun. A full suspension bike with 3+ inches of travel will greatly enhance your experience

Access Info

Typically you will be riding down Sunrise trail, and the entrance for Butcher Ranch trail is directly across Butcher Ranch Road, and is well marked. Do not confuse the Butcher Ranch Alt trail, which is a few yards away to the north.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Butcher Ranch Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,573 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,440 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,148 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,148 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,573 ft
  • Grade
    -7.7%
  • Grade max
    -77.9%
  • Grade min
    30.5%
  • Distance climb
    4,242 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,135 ft
  • Avg time
    03:32:21
  • Avg reverse time
    00:53:49
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Status:
on Jun 17, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.5 (29 votes)
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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      Butcher Ranch Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 17, 2022 @ 2:57pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 10:47am
      Jun 16, 2022
      May 17, 2022 @ 11:32am
      May 17, 2022
      Only really runs as at out and back at the moment. Snow & tree fall clears up a little bit above the waterfall. Running great below that though!
      Oct 3, 2021 @ 9:55am
      Oct 3, 2021
      Sep 18, 2021 @ 10:13am
      Sep 18, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 72 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 445 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,293 rides
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      Aug 14, 2016 @ 9:04pm
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      Jun 25, 2013 @ 10:40am
      Jun 25, 2013
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      twowheeledwanderer (Dec 1, 2019 at 11:18)
       Butcher Ranch Trail has a good mix of fast flow and techy bits. The 'hardest' feature on the whole route is the Waterfall which isn't too bad unless it's covered in water. Parts of Butcher are loose, steep, and chundery, and other parts are hardpacked and fast.

      Use this guide to help plan your next trip to Downieville! twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/a-quick-mountain-bike-escape-to-downieville-california
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