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Downieville Classic

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Trail

14.0 mile 22.5 kilometer point to point
90% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 663' 202 m
Descent: -4,846' -1,477 m
High: 7,103' 2,165 m
Low: 2,895' 883 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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14 beautiful downhill miles of fast, flowy, rocky, technical, loose terrain, and drops.

Jason Lampenrider

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

The Downieville Classic ride. Get your car/shuttle ride to the top. The trail starts immediately on singletrack. There is very, very little climbing. There will be snow in places through May.

Sunrise trail leads into 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. Nearly all of it is downhill.

Need to Know

You'll need a two cars; one to get you to the top and one to take you back up once you're down. Or there are shuttle services available in Downieville. Expect the unexpected on this Ride. The Butcher trail is the most technical portion. First Divide trail is along a rock wall to one side and a drop off to the other.

Description

Start on the Sunrise Trail on narrow, rolling singletrack with small descents and climbs that make a good warmup.

This trail meets with the Butcher Trail, where you can expect speed, loose rocks, creek crossings, tight switchback descending turns, and perhaps a few hike-a-bike sections, depending on your skills. Just after the final descent, you'll cross a bridge over a creek and begin a doubletrack climb.

Half-way up this climb, there is a fork decision. 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 fireroad 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 relatively flat/descending singletrack, and at times is 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 fireroad, 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.

Overall, this is an advanced ride. Intermediate riders will enjoy it too, but might need to hike-a-bike in a few sections. It's not at all recommended for beginner riders.

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Check-Ins

Oct 6, 2019
Marc Daniel
Solo — 9h 51m
Sep 7, 2019
Ja Lien
14mi
Aug 3, 2019
Patrick Oberly
Jul 17, 2019
Jason Harbinson
With breaks 14mi — 2h 20m
Jul 14, 2019
Michael Faris
Endured today with a hard tail. Took upper butcher which was real nice. And took the third divide today. Definitely need full suspension — 2h 30m
Jul 13, 2019
Michael Faris
First time riding the trail. Took it on with a hard tail. Chose 2nd divide over 3rd. 2nd divide conditions wasn't what I came here. Similar to swazy. — 2h 45m
Jun 23, 2019
Lenny Agranonik
Nov 8, 2018
Jordan Harp

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  4.8 from 108 votes

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Photos

Get your butt to Downieville!
Jun 29, 2016 near Downiev…, CA
Fast and smooth section of Third Divide Trail.
Sep 2, 2014 near Downiev…, CA
A rescue backboard is strategically located at the intersection of Third Divide, Big Boulder, the Butcher Trail, and Second Divide.
Dec 15, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
Third Divide getting loosey-goosey.
Dec 15, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
Convenient "Bus Stop" next to a mining claim and camp.
Sep 2, 2014 near Downiev…, CA
Fun fast descent - Third Divide Trail
Sep 30, 2015 near Downiev…, CA

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