Downieville Classic from Butcher Ranch
ElevationAscent: 538' 164 m
Descent: -4,224' -1,287 m
High: 6,582' 2,006 m
Low: 2,896' 883 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“The Downieville Classic route minus Sunrise Trail.”— Leslie Kehmeier
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Start with Butcher Trail, which leads to either Third Divide Trail or Second Divide Trail ( Third Divide is faster and shorter than Second Divide; Second Divide is longer, but in my opinion, not as much fun as Third Divide), which leads to First Divide Trail, followed by a fire road, then a road ride return to Downieville.
Half way up this climb, there is a fork. Left (and descending) is Second Divide and right (and continuing to climb) is Third Divide. Second Divide is longer, but not as fast (or in my opinion as fun) as Third Divide. Third Divide is mostly smooth singletrack, with only a few small technical sections. You can really get some speed on this trail.
Third Divide leads to a fire-road descent for about a mile. If you've had enough, you can continue along the fire road back to Downieville. If not, you can drop into First Divide (upper portion). Look for a little sign that says "Trail" with an arrow.
First Divide is a relatively flat/descending singletrack and is, at times, quite narrow with a rock face wall on one side and a drop off small cliff on the other. Watch not to clip your bars on the rock faces.
First Divide (upper) meets up with a fire road, which you can take back to Downieville, or cross and continue along First Divide (lower) for more of the fun rock face/edge narrow singletrack.
Once you emerge to the paved road, follow it back to Downieville.