Johnsvillle A-Tree to Downieville First Divide
ElevationAscent: 632' 193 m
Descent: -4,297' -1,310 m
High: 6,558' 1,999 m
Low: 2,892' 882 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“An almost-never-used shuttle route from the A-Tree near Johnsville to Downieville.”— Matthew Poole
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).
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.
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Plumas National Forest Office