2 miles
Distance
14 ft
Climb
-1,124 ft
Descent
00:19:05
Avg time
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Third Divide Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike
  • Riding Area
    Downieville
    , California
  • Ref Number
    #11E07
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #247 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
    • 95 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Third Divide makes up part of the classic Downieville downhill route. It is considered the "fast and flowy" section--quite a bit smoother overall than Butcher Ranch with a great downhill pitch. It is typically maintained at a high level due to its popularity and use.

Access Info

After crossing Pauley Creek on Butcher Ranch trail and climbing out of the valley, the trail will split, with Third Divide continuing uphill to the right, and Second Divide splitting off left and down. The top of Third Divide and also be accessed from Big Boulder trail from the north.

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More Stats for Third Divide mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,110 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,516 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,640 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,626 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,517 ft
  • Grade
    -10.1%
  • Grade max
    -54.9%
  • Grade min
    10%
  • Distance climb
    505 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    128 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:43:15
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Status:
on Sep 21, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.9 (20 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • 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
  • Ideal
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Third Divide Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 558 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,275 rides
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      Photos

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      19 |
      Oct 26, 2020 @ 11:41am
      Oct 26, 2020
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      Sep 6, 2020 @ 5:20pm
      Sep 6, 2020
      89 |
      Dec 27, 2017 @ 11:39pm
      Dec 27, 2017
      63 |
      Dec 27, 2017 @ 11:39pm
      Dec 27, 2017

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag twowheeledwanderer (Dec 1, 2019 at 11:13)
       Fast flow! Third Divide is basically where you open up the brakes and let it rip. There is one technical rock feature that is tricky to make (up not down) but other than it's fast and smooth(ish).

      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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