Big Boulder is a bit of a hidden gem among trails in the Downieville trail network. It requires a little more effort to get to and a little more gumption to get down but the effort is well worth the reward!
Shortly after crossing Pauly Creek, look for a turn off to the right and a sign directing you to Big Boulder trail. A steep, rugged climb eventually brings you to an amazing vista and the start of the Big Boulder singletrack.
Drop your seat, set your suspension to “shut up and hold on” and dive in. Fast, rough and rugged singletrack, punctuated by great views slashes across the mountainside, eventually leading you to Third Divide trial, where even more thrilling downhill awaits.
Catch your breath, regroup with your crew and jump into Third (be sure to look left for on-coming traffic!) Or turn left and do a very short climb, then take Second Divide for even more of a challenge.