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11.0 mile 17.7 kilometer loop
65% Singletrack


Ascent: 2,029' 618 m
Descent: -2,023' -616 m
High: 3,774' 1,150 m
Low: 2,652' 808 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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Trail shared by Jason Lampenrider

A nice continuation of singletrack from Downieville and back.

Jason Lampenrider

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From Downieville, it's a singletrack climb, then a fast and fun descent, followed by a road ride return to Downieville. Or return on the trail.

Need to Know

Watch your speed on the descent as there are some places where you could slide down an edge.

The trail could be an out and back if you don't want to return on the road. If you do, be on the lookout for descending riders.


Parking is about 1/4 mile behind the Two Rivers Cafe. The trail begins with a double to singletrack switchback climb for about 2 miles, narrow in spots. You are nearly immediately in tree cover and remain there for the rest of the ride. There are a few very steep and switchbacked climbs, and there's about another mile to climb after you cross the wooden bridge.

Don't be discouraged, what follows is a fast and flowy singletrack descent following the contours of the mountain back down. It's mostly smooth singletrack with a few small sections requiring technical riding skills, but not many. Watch your speed on the descent as there are some places where you could slide down an edge. Overall, it's a bit more than "Intermediate", but a bit less than "Difficult".

Once you finish the trail, follow the fireroad downhill about a mile to the first bridge. Cross that and follow Route 49 (direction => up) about 4 miles back to Downieville, or turn around and head back up the North Yuba Trail. It's not a heavily used trail, but be on the lookout for descending riders if you do.


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Dec 13, 2018
Joëlle Didone
Nov 3, 2018
Joëlle Didone
Sep 17, 2018
Chris Sarot
Beautiful trail along the river. A bit loose in a lot of spots along the outside edge...if you lose your line you are going over the edge!
May 25, 2018
Marc Brown
Wet, over grown and fun! 11.9mi
Jul 26, 2015
Colton Bertagnolli
Don't expect an easy ride, this is a steep clime and some fast downhill. Some bits are technical but just steep for the most part. Stay to the left...

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