Downieville Trail Conditions and Information

June 23, 2017

Only 1 snow drift now left to hike over to get to Butcher Ranch trail head (Butcher details below; June 22). We checked out Pauly Creek and it is running great, Baby Heads was awesome, the creek crossing is thigh high, and we are rebuilding the paver section so watch for construction. But it is 15-20 minutes of snow hiking to get to Pauly.

June 22, 2017

The snow hiking/riding from the shuttle drop off is just on the pavement to the top of Butcher Ranch Trail. The upper Butcher Ranch single track is logged out, but has some large snow drifts, but the Butcher Ranch OHV road is mostly free of snow, but has a few trees down. Big melt off is happening now - the snow drifts are shrinking so fast, days to a week to a full ride from the shuttle drop. Get the hero dirt before dust season! Mills Peak has been logged, is clear and has just a few drifts!

June 19, 2017

Snow is melting FAST!  We are shuttling to the top of Packer Saddle and it only takes 10-20 minutes of snow hopping to make it to the hero dirt.  Big Boulder is in great shape but you have to ride it as an out-and-back due to snow.  Pauly Creek is having trees removed and rock work done at the moment and should be ready in a week or so.  If you are riding up from Sierra City plan on about a mile of tough snow hiking to get to Packer Saddle.  

June 16, 2017

We did a recon run of Butcher Ranch yesterday and found the snow hiking/riding from the shuttle drop off is just 35-45 minutes! The route is flagged and the more riders who go through, the faster the route will become. Big melt off coming this week!

June 15, 2017

The road has been plowed to the top! We are OPEN and running shuttles to the top this weekend. To get to the brown pow on the other side, will require about an hour of snow hiking. The snow level on the other side is at the Gorge. The route is flagged. With high temperatures coming this weekend and next week, we expect snow melt off at a brisk pace up from the Gorge.

June 12, 2017

We are OPEN and running shuttles this weekend. Currently the road is plowed to the Steep and Narrows below the pass and we have to drop riders there. The snow level on the other side is at the Gorge. The route is flagged. Quite an adventure. With high temperatures coming this weekend, we expect snow melt off at a brisk pace, and are lobbying to have the road plowed to the top. Soon.

Long Lake trail has big drifts and is a few weeks out.

June 8, 2017

The road to the top of Packer Saddle is now plowed to The Narrows (1 mile short of Packer Saddle). With the snow hiking that will need to be done, and a forecast of 40 degrees for Packer Saddle, we will not run shuttles to the top. We want our customers to keep their toes. :) We will run shuttles to the top the weekend of June 17th. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divides are running great and we are running shuttles to 2nd and 3rd Divide trail heads this weekend.

Mills Peak jeep road has been cleared of a 15 trees and is free of snow. Another 10 trees were cleared up to the Rock Squeeze on the singletrack above the Log Landing. Much above that and you start hitting more trees and snow. Most downed trees I've ever seen up there. We'll keep at it. (Thanks Ron & Melinda Heard!)

While we wait for the snow to clear over the top of Elwell so we can use the southern approach, an out and back on the north side is quite doable. It only gets unpleasant and steep above the pond. Most folks never think to climb the north side, but it's great.

May 26, 2017

The snow is melting fast, 1 foot of snow melted in a week due to the heat. Packer Saddle is still buried and the road up is not plowed. Butcher is open 1 mile from The Waterfall, Big Boulder is open 3 miles above 3rd Divide (at the mine). 2nd and 3rd are logged, clear and running great.

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 - Upper Butcher singletrack: logged, but some big snow drifts. Butcher OHV: Mostly clear of snow, some logs down.

Pauley Creek - 3.5 miles - OPEN and logged out up to the 4x4 road

Big Boulder - 3.2 miles - OPEN riding up from 3rd Divide.

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 - OPEN some downed trees

Herkimer Mine/Bunker Hill - 2.7 miles  CLOSED

Rattlesnake Creek - 3.2 miles  OPEN some downed trees

Lavezzola Creek - 5.1 miles  Andy and Tyler are cutting it out now, assuming its melted out at least to the double track should be all cut out by the end of the day

Fiddle Creek Ridge - 6.0 miles - OPEN and logged out

Halls Ranch - 5.0 miles - OPEN and logged out, very brushy on the section that crosses Little Fiddle Creek

Chimney Rock - 4.8 miles - CLOSED

Empire Creek - 2.5 miles - CLOSED


Graeagle/Lakes Basin Trails:

Mills Peak - OPEN logged, cleared and a few drifts

Tamarack - CLOSED

Upper Salmon - CLOSED

Sierra Buttes - CLOSED

Sardine Lake Overlook - CLOSED

Deer Lake - CLOSED

Oakland Pond - CLOSED

Mt. Elwell - OPEN clear about a mile up to the first lookout, but there are a couple downed trees that are passable.

Round Lake - CLOSED

Bear Lakes Loop - CLOSED

Grassy Lake Trail - OPEN

Long Lake - OPEN rideable up to Grassy Lake intersection.

Gray Eagle Creek - OPEN

Smith Creek - OPEN


Mt Hough / Quicy Trails:

Hough is open to the top with a couple trees down and a few snow patches...


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




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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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