Downieville Trail Conditions and Information

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Spring 2021

May 26th
Downieville Downhill:
- Snow on Sunrise Trail keeping it closed
- Pack Saddle Flow Trail open from top to midpoint, then drifts below. Best to ride to midpoint, take the short singletrack that connects back to the road, ride the road for 1/4 mile then back onto the Butcher Ranch singletrack on the right.
- Butcher Ranch singletrack and OHV road - open with some drifts to just below The Gorge that are melting fast, otherwise wide open and in excellent shape
- First, Second and Third Divide - wide open and grippy conditions with rain over last weekend

Pauley Creek:
- Unknown but likely drifts and a few downed trees

Gold Valley Rim Trail:
- Unknown but likely drifts and a few downed trees

Big Boulder
- Unknown but likely drifts and a few downed trees

Mills Peak Trail:
- Road to the lookout tower is open and snow free
- One tree down about 1/4 way from the top but otherwise in perfect shape

Lakes Basin:
- Still a fair amount of snow in the Basin
- Will be a few more weeks before Mount Elwell and others are open
- Lower trails open but not logged out yet so downed trees may exist

 

May 24th, 2021
We got some snow last week, but it melting off fast and soon to be gone. The moisture is welcome creating hero dirt! Still a few drifts and Sunrise is still under snow, but it should melt off within the next week or two.

May 14th, 2021
Packer Saddle is open from the top! There are snow drifts and Sunrise is still under snow.

April 27th
Snow is melting fast. 3rd Divide is amazing right now. Snow on Packer Saddle. Packer Saddle might be open Mid-May with the low snow depth.

April 16th
3rd Divide is open and you can go 1 mile up Big Boulder as well.

April 7th
On Second Divide Trail in the Downieville system, our crew has already cleared over 30 fallen trees and continues to get Second Divide ready for sweet single-track action.

March 29th, 2021
Clearing and maintaining Halls Ranch, running good.

March 4th, 2021
On Thursday the 4th we spent a day in Downieville doing log out on North Yuba, Halls Ranch and Fiddle Creek Ridge. There were only a handful of down trees on Halls and Fiddle but we cleared about 40 trees off of North Yuba between Downieville and Indian Valley. Most of the trails were clear of snow to around 4500 feet but today there is about 6 inches of new snow at my house in Quincy. 


Downieville Area Trails:

Sunrise - 1.9 miles - SNOW

Gold Valley Rim Trail - SNOW

Butcher Ranch - 4.0 miles - OPEN

Pauley Creek - 3.5 miles - OPEN

Big Boulder - 3.2 miles - OPEN

Third Divide- 2.8 miles - OPEN

Second Divide - 6.1 miles - OPEN

First Divide - 3.4 miles - OPEN

North Yuba -15.8 miles - OPEN! We fixed the slide!

Downie River - 3.5 miles - OPEN

Herkimer Mine/Bunker Hill - 2.7 miles SNOW

Rattlesnake Creek - 3.2 miles SNOW

Lavezzola Creek - 5.1 miles SNOW

Fiddle Creek Ridge - 6.0 miles - OPEN

Halls Ranch - 5.0 miles - OPEN

Chimney Rock - 4.8 miles - SNOW

Empire Creek - 2.5 miles - OPEN

Graeagle/Lakes Basin Trails:

Mills Peak - OPEN

Tamarack - SNOW

Upper Salmon - SNOW

Sierra Buttes - SNOW

Sardine Lake Overlook - SNOW

Oakland Pond - SNOW

Mt. Elwell - SNOW

Round Lake - SNOW

Bear Lakes Loop - SNOW

Grassy Lake Trail - SNOW

Long Lake - SNOW

Gray Eagle Creek - SNOW

Smith Creek - SNOW

Jamison - SNOW

Surrounding Area Trails:

Bullards Bar

Forest City

 

Trail Work

Every year we clear, log out and repair the trails we love so much. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship trail crew goes through the trails top to bottom with the focus of eliminating braking bumps and rain ruts. We put dirt back in the trail where water and or traffic has moved it. This work involves pick, shovel, McLeod, Pulaski and compaction by hand and with a plate compactor.

3rd Divide Before

3rd Divide After

1st Divide Before

1st Divide After

Big Boulder Before

Big Boulder After

 

Yuba Expeditions Builds and Maintains These Trails

Yuba Expeditions is owned and managed by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. The proceeds from Yuba Expeditions go directly back into building and maintaining these trails. By taking our shuttle, or purchasing product from the shop, you are supporting the trails we all enjoy.

These trails are maintained by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in partnership with the Forest Service and other volunteer trail groups. Many of these trails are maintained as part of the  Adopt-a-Trail Program administered and organized through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. The trail adoption program ensures that each individual trail receive regular maintenance and upkeep, each season.

The Stewardship also hosts monthly Trail Daze volunteer work days, these work days account for more than 30,000 volunteer labor hours on historic, multiple-use, and motorized multiple-use trails. If you enjoy riding high country trails in the Sierra Buttes region, then join us; as a volunteer, as a member, as a steward.

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