Downieville Trail Conditions and Information

October 28, 2016

And that's the ballgame kids...the snow gods have spoken and the 2016 mountain bike shuttle season has officially ended. Packer Saddle will receive about 13 to 21-inches of snow this weekend. This was an outstanding year filled with amazing riding and lots of good times. We greatly appreciate your business with Yuba and supporting our non-profit, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, in building and maintaining Downieville and Lost Sierra trails! Thank you and see you in 2017.

October 24, 2016

Shuttles are running. Snow is melted off, dirt is primo, tacky season! Get it! Weather is unsettled, so check the weather for your trip.

October 20, 2016

Shuttles are running again! Sunrise still has a fair amount of snow and mud, so it should be ready to ride again by Saturday. Otherwise everything below it is ready to roll and in great condition. USFS is doing a controlled burn on lower First Divide over the next few days, so you'll need to ride the road for a very short bit back to town. Hope to see you this weekend for hero dirt!  

October 19, 2016

Currently we are not running shuttles due to snow. Snow starts at Packer Lake to the top of Packer Saddle with snow on the trails all the way down to The Gorge on the Downieville Downhill/Butcher Ranch Trail. Rain continued in Downieville through Monday October 17. Sun's out now, temps are still low, yet we are remaining optimistic for running shuttles again by the week's end. We will update again by Friday October 21. 

June 20, 2016

All trails are running great and free of snow.

June 28, 2016

Sunrise, Flow Trail, Butcher, Pauly (water is at 12 inches), are all free of snow and trees are cleared. Upper elevation Lakes Basin may have some lingeriing snow.  Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the Nevada County Woods Riders had a trail work day on Saturday, logging out all the deep backcountry trails like Lavezzola, Rattlesnake, Chimney Rock, Sunshine, Gibraltar and Empire Creek as well as doing some dirt work and brushing on Big Boulder and Second Divide trails. So those trails are looking great!

June 22, 2016

The snow is gone from the classic Downieville Downhill trails: Sunrise (with a few trees down), Butcher, Pauly (water is at 18 inches) . Upper mountains have some snow at the ridgelines & summit. We have trail work planned for this Saturday to work on Big Boulder and 2nd Divide to elevate the radness. Get it! Note on travelling to Downieville on 49 from Grass Valley or Marysville; There are 2 sections of road work that will add to your travel time on weekdays so plan accordingly.

June 14, 2016

The snow is almost all melted off! A few large snow drifts on Sunrise (with a few trees down), flow trail is open. Pauly Creek crossing is flowing and 18 inches deep. Big Boulder is open! Riding from the shuttle drop off all the way down is on!

June 11, 2016

Packsaddle loop trail aka the "flow trail" is now cleared of snow and is ready to rip! Still some snow after it ties into sunrise trail, but is mostly rideable. Thanks to a group of guys in our last shuttle for helping clear the snow and drain the puddles!

June 8, 2016

We are shuttling to the top of the Saddle!! Still some snow drifts on upper Sunrise and the flow trail. Butcher Ranch singletrack is clear. Pauley Creek and Big Boulder are open. The Downieville Classic XC race course is open from Sierra City. Have fun out there! 

June 2, 2016

Still some snow on the top. We will be able to drop riders off at the PCT trail right before the top at Packer Saddle. A few snow drifts to go over, then a few drifts on the way down to the Butcher OHV road. Some snow but pretty much open after the gorge. The snow is melting fast! Sunrise and flow trails are still too snowed in to ride. Dirt is still primo, but starting to dust up a bit. Get it before dust season!

May 26, 2016

There’s snow, so get your adventure on. Shuttles will be dropping at the switchback before the climb to Packer Saddle. It’s a short, punchy, snow-drifty climb to the top. On the plus side, some of the best conditions on the trails below the snow. Tacky moisture in the dirt, and not into dust season.

May 16, 2016

Henry and the crew are out working hard clearing the trails of downed trees and debris. Last week, they made it to snow at 5800’ on Butcher, about .40 miles below the gorge.

On Pauley and Big Boulder, they made it almost to the Big Boulder mine and to the Pauley Creek crossing on the Jeep trail. Currently, the road is plowed to Packer Lake and some snow is still lingering on the road up to and on top of Packer Saddle.

Mills Peak Trail is open (riding up from Graeagle) to about 6,000’, a couple miles before the peak. Thanks to Ron and Melinda who have cleared all trees making the trail flow great!

Smith Creek and Gray Eagle Creek are also both open and running. The remaining trails in the Lakes Basin are still snowbound at this time. Target sometime in early June at current rate of snow melting.

The Gold Lake Highway is plowed and open connecting Downieville via Bassetts to Graeagle.

Mount Hough trail is open from the top! College students from Feather River College's Outdoor Recreation Leadership were out in force focusing on the trail's lower sections rebuilding berms and buffing-out the trail tread.

With trail building set to continue on Mount Hough and the Santa Cruz Demo Tour passing through town, this is a great opportunity to volunteer on the trail and test ride a sweet Santa Cruz mountain bike. Join us for a weekend of free bike demos, food and fun.

Shuttle opening day May 27th. Reserve your shuttle now to ensure a ride to the top!

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Downieville Area Trails:

Sunrise - 1.9 miles - OPEN

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 

Downie River - 3.5 miles - OPEN

Herkimer Mine/Bunker Hill - 2.7 miles  OPEN

Rattlesnake Creek - 3.2 miles  OPEN

Lavezzola Creek - 5.1 miles  OPEN

Fiddle Creek Ridge - 6.0 miles - OPEN

Halls Ranch - 5.0 miles - OPEN

Chimney Rock - 4.8 miles - OPEN

Empire Creek - 2.5 miles - OPEN


Graeagle/Lakes Basin Trails:

Mills Peak - OPEN

Tamarack - OPEN

Upper Salmon - OPEN

Sierra Buttes - OPEN

Sardine Lake Overlook - OPEN

Deer Lake - OPEN

Oakland Pond - OPEN

Mt. Elwell - OPEN

Round Lake - OPEN

Bear Lakes Loop - OPEN

Long Lake - OPEN

Gray Eagle Creek - OPEN

Smith Creek - OPEN


Mt Hough / Quicy Trails:

Mount Hough trail is open from the top!


Surrounding Area Trails:

Bullards Bar

Forest City


2016 Trail Work

Every year we clear, log out and repair the trails we love so much. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship trail crew went through 3rd Divide 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 as moved it. This work involved 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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