Downieville Trail Conditions and Information

May 12, 2017

We made it to the waterfall on Butcher Ranch/Downieville Downhill. The melt is on and the water is flowin. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship crew is clearing out downed trees and working with USFS crews to fix the trail. 

March 15, 2017

Henry logged out 40 trees to open up 2nd and 3rd Divide Trails. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divide Trails are free of snow and a go!

Winter, 2017

Snow + snow + moar snow = snow.

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Downieville Area Trails:

Sunrise - 1.9 miles - CLOSED

Butcher Ranch - 4.0 miles - open and cleared up to Waterfall, about 1 mile above Butcher/Pauley intersection

Pauley Creek - 3.5 miles - CLOSED

Big Boulder - 3.2 miles - Open 2 miles up from 3rd Divde, logging out week of 5/22 up to snowline for opening day options

Third Divide- 2.8 miles - OPEN

Second Divide - 6.1 miles - OPEN

First Divide - 3.4 miles - OPEN

North Yuba -15.8 miles - CLOSED due to landslide 1 mile below Goodyears Bar - North Yuba Extension is open 

Downie River - 3.5 miles - CLOSED

Herkimer Mine/Bunker Hill - 2.7 miles  CLOSED

Rattlesnake Creek - 3.2 miles  CLOSED

Lavezzola Creek - 5.1 miles  CLOSED

Fiddle Creek Ridge - 6.0 miles - OPEN and additional clearing occurring week of 5/22

Halls Ranch - 5.0 miles - OPEN from HWY 49 to Fiddle Creek Ridge Trail and additional clearing occurring week of 5/22

Chimney Rock - 4.8 miles - CLOSED

Empire Creek - 2.5 miles - CLOSED


Graeagle/Lakes Basin Trails:

Mills Peak - OPEN about 4.5 miles from HWY 89 up

Tamarack - CLOSED

Upper Salmon - CLOSED

Sierra Buttes - CLOSED

Sardine Lake Overlook - CLOSED

Deer Lake - CLOSED

Oakland Pond - CLOSED

Mt. Elwell - CLOSED

Round Lake - CLOSED

Bear Lakes Loop - CLOSED

Long Lake - CLOSED

Gray Eagle Creek - OPEN from Graegle Lodge down

Smith Creek - CLOSED


Mt Hough / Quicy Trails:

Mount Hough trail is open from the Reinhart Meadow.


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.

Downieville Map