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Big Boulder

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 4.7 (3)

A grinder of a doubletrack climb puts you at the top of a fast, flowy descent.


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6.6

Miles

10.7

KM

Singletrack

6,561' 2,000 m

High

4,590' 1,399 m

Low

805' 245 m

Up

2,109' 643 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

This trail is made up of two distinct portions, the climb and the downhill.

Begin this ride with a doubletrack climb from the Pauley Creek intersection to the top of the ridge where Big Boulder trail starts. Some sections are pretty steep, some are loose, some are both. It's a bit of a grinder, but you'll be rewarded in spades.

Once you get to the top of the ridge, continue onto the Big Boulder Trail. You'll begin a well-earned descent here, and one that is as much fun as you can find anywhere in the Downieville area (in my limited experience, mind you). This downhill is my favorite section of anything I've ridden there. The trail is fast, flowy, a little technical, and a little dangerous. You'll head through exposed sections and through the woods, FAST.

This trail dumps you on Third Divide for more fun and fast downhill.

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Shared By:

Michael Klimek

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#6

in Gold Valley

#4759

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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#6

in Gold Valley

#272

in California

#4,759

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A rescue backboard is strategically located at the intersection of Third Divide, Big Boulder, the Butcher Trail, and Second Divide.
Dec 15, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
Amazing rest spot 20 feet off the trail just after all the hard climbing and eroded cobblestone descents. This is somewhere close to the top of the second ascent. Lots of fun on a fat bike with suspension. (Suspension is a must!)
Jun 13, 2018 near Downiev…, CA
Fun fast descent - Third Divide Trail
Sep 30, 2015 near Downiev…, CA

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