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Butcher Trail

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 5.0 (7)

Very fast, fun, and technical singletrack heading (mostly) downhill.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

Singletrack

6,592' 2,009 m

High

4,379' 1,335 m

Low

213' 65 m

Up

2,233' 681 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Description

This trail continues from Sunrise. 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. In the last 1/4 mile of that climb, the Second Divide trail goes left and down, while the Third Divide (and main trail) goes right and continues up. The Second Divide is longer, but in my opinion, not as fast or as much fun as the Third Divide. Both Second Divide and Third Divide lead to the First Divide trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Lampenrider with improvements by Ashley Seaward

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 7 votes

#1

in Gold Valley

#648

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  5.0 from 7 votes
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#1

in Gold Valley

#45

in California

#648

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Photos

Convenient "Bus Stop" next to a mining claim and camp.
Sep 2, 2014 near Downiev…, CA
The Waterfall section of Butcher Ranch
Dec 1, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Can't miss this trail junction and sign - Downhill is the Second Divide Trail. Short uphill is the Third Divide trail.
Sep 22, 2014 near Downiev…, CA
Butcher Ranch trailhead sign.
May 24, 2013 near Downiev…, CA
The "Waterfall"- checking the line and non-existent phone connection on the Butcher Trail.
Dec 15, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
Chillin' on the first bridge.
Sep 12, 2017 near Downiev…, CA

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