5 miles
Distance
881 ft
Climb
-2,033 ft
Descent
00:41:22
Avg time
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Second Divide Details

  • Riding Area
    Downieville
    Downieville, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Global Ranking
    #16113 in Mountain Biking

Most often used as an alternate descent to Third Divide when riding the classic Downieville downhill. Slightly longer than Third Divide, it starts as a smooth and flowy downhill through an amazing old growth forest. The descent breaks up a couple of times with short climbs. After the westbound turn, the trail follows Pauley Creek and gets more technical with rolling up & down sections. There are great views and just a bit of exposure in spots.

Access Info

For access from Butcher Ranch trail, look for trail splitting off left, with a sign on a tree. Start looking after crossing Pauley Creek bridge and climbing uphill for a few minutes. From Lavezzola Rd, the trail entrance is marked clearly.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Second Divide bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,153 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,472 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,630 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,630 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,477 ft
  • Grade
    -4.737%
  • Grade max
    -38.926%
  • Grade min
    41.172%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    581 ft
  • Avg time
    00:41:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:18:09
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to second-divide trailhead (39.611838, -120.750732)
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Second Divide Trail Reports

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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...
Jul 28, 2018 @ 1:16pm
Jul 28, 2018
Dry and exploded. Hot.
Jul 28, 2018 @ 1:16pm
Jul 28, 2018
Apr 23, 2018 @ 8:49pm
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018 @ 8:48pm
Apr 23, 2018
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Sep 6, 2016 @ 9:43pm
Sep 6, 2016
Second Divide, Pleasanton
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Oct 7, 2013 @ 1:29pm
Oct 7, 2013
Second Divide, Downieville

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag morrisjf (Jun 24, 2018 at 13:01)
 Not worth doing, in my opinion. Much hotter and buggier than Third Divide and not nearly as fun.
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