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6.6 mile 10.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 805' 245 m
Descent: -2,109' -643 m
High: 6,561' 2,000 m
Low: 4,590' 1,399 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)

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Trail shared by Michael Klimek

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

Michael Klimek

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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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Nov 3, 2018
Jonathan Coupal

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  4.7 from 3 votes

#6

in Gold Valley

#4013

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#6

in Gold Valley

#223

in California

#4,013

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Big Boulder has a ton of 6” cobble stones, hence the name, and lots of steep areas of erosion mixed with the cobbles. Some sections are easy and some are, well, hang on tight and don’t crash! Did it on a Fatboy Pro Trail and it was way more fun than my StumpJumper FSR with 650/3.0 tires. Really fun trail. Did it in mid June and the snow had just melted the week before but there were still a few piles in the shadows. Mar 24, 2019

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