Big Boulder from Butcher Ranch Trailhead
ElevationAscent: 1,516' 462 m
Descent: -5,221' -1,592 m
High: 6,839' 2,085 m
Low: 2,897' 883 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail
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“With a little bit of climbing, you can experience the best descent in Downieville!”— 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.
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Need to Know
At the very top of the climb, you can practice pedal kicks off the fallen log or hike up to the ridge for some photos. Then pad up and enjoy the long, fast, and flowing descent toward Third Divide. There is one punchy climb, in the beginning of the ride, you'll likely walk it unless you're the 1%. It's all ripping fun until you get to Lavezolla Road and head toward First Divide.
At the intersection of Third Divide, you may want to head uphill instead of down to connect with Second Divide.
From the end of the route, take a left and pedal back to Downieville.
Local Club: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
May 6, 2020: 25th Annual Downieville Classic Canceled
Apr 16, 2020: SBTS Partner and Volunteers of the Year for 2019
Land Manager: USFS - Plumas National Forest Office