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Johnsvillle A-Tree to Downieville First Divide

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An almost-never-used shuttle route from the A-Tree near Johnsville to Downieville.


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15.5

Miles

24.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,558' 1,999 m

High

2,892' 882 m

Low

632' 193 m

Up

4,297' 1,310 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

For fans of Downieville who have done all the standard routes is this little-known and almost never ridden shuttle that starts at the A-Tree west of Johnsville.

You'll need two cars; one to get you to the top and one to take you back up once you're down. The route can be ridden from Johnsville via fire road, or you can drive (4WD) to the A-Tree and drop in from there. The first section is too steep for an out-and-back (unless you’re a mountain goat).

Need to Know

From Johnsville, take the Johnsville - McCrae Road to the A-Tree (left at the first major fork in the Johnsville - McCrae Road). Latitude: 39.7148965, Longitude: -120.7443882.

This is a very-little-used route to First Divide, so don't expect any assistance from other riders. Highly recommended that you bring a buddy, tell someone where you’re going, and pack plenty of spare gear/water/snacks.

Description

This shuttle features epic singletrack from the start, with a major drop-in from the A-Tree (go easy on the front brake). It's a little tricky to find the trailhead--it's just west of the A-Tree, on the left side of the fire road heading west. You know you're on the right trail if it's steep downhill from the get-go.

Overall, the Lavezzola Creek OHV Trail isn't too technical, but blue/black rated (IMHO) for lack of help if you get into trouble. The route isn’t marked, but fairly easy to follow, especially if you have the MTB Project mobile app.

From the end of the Lavezzola Creek OHV Trail, continue south on the Lavezzola Creek Road until the start of the First Divide (upper portion) on your right just after the 11-mile mark. This trail follows the contours along the Lavezzola Creek and then Pauley Creek before dumping you out onto Lavezzola Road to head south to Downieville.

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Photos

Fast and smooth section of Third Divide Trail.
Sep 2, 2014 near Downiev…, CA
The fun North Yuba Loop starts here! If you want to shuttle, the cost is just $20 per person, bikes ride free.
Dec 15, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
The classic.
May 24, 2013 near Downiev…, CA
View along First Divide Trail
Jul 10, 2017 near Downiev…, CA
This video captures our June 2016 experience riding classic Downieville singletrack!
Jan 18, 2017 near Downiev…, CA
Downieville Classic
Oct 23, 2018 near Downiev…, CA

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