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Downieville Mountain Biking

This is a very popular descent north of Lake Tahoe which you can shuttle from the Mountain Bike town of Downieville
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 19 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  I did this ride in 2005 with a friend who lived in Reno and it was one of the best mountain biking descents I've ever had. The trails... more »

Tips:  Directions to Downieville:
From the Bay Area take highway 80 to Auburn and get off on Highway 49. Take a left onto the highway and... more »

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Points of Interest

This town is a center for mountain bikers. There are several shops and it seems very much that the entire economy of the town is supported by the mountain bike community. Several shops in town provide shuttle services to the top of the Downieville Trail. I've included links for these in this guide.

2. Shuttle Drop Off

Here the Shuttle will drop you off at the top. You'll follow a paved road for a short distance and then dirt forest service roads for a while.

3. Start of the Singletrack Trail

Here you will start your descent down the trail instead of the Forest Service Roads. This will be a fast and furious descent. By the time you reach the bottom your hands and your brakes may be pretty tired.

4. Pauley Creek Bridge Crossing

Here you will cross Pauley Creek on a narrow wooden bridge. Past this the trail ascends gently a couple hundred feet to a pass. This will be the most climbing you will do on the descent.

5. Rejoining Forest Service Roads

Here you will rejoin forest service roads for a short distance.

6. Trail Exposure

Here you will find the trail perched far above Lavezzola Creek. There is a lot of exposure and if you slide off the trail you will be seriously injured in the fall so make sure you stay within your comfort zone while riding at speed in this section.

7. Main Street

You are back on Main Street now. Follow this down hill back into town.