Near Downieville, the Downieville Downhill is a 16 mile route combines Butcher Ranch, Third Divide and First Divide Trails for a 4,800 feet descent through switchbacks on steep canyons. Get a shuttle mountain bike ride up to the start at Packers Saddle.
The 29 mile Downieville Classic race is held in September around this route with 4,200 of vertical.
This point to point race is unlike any other in the United States. Starting at the base of the Sierra Buttes mountains in the gold rush town of Sierra City, the course begins with an attention getting 3,000 climb up the mountain face to Packer Saddle, elevation 7,100. The fastest man and woman to reach Packer Saddle are rewarded for their efforts with native gold nuggets. Go for the gold!
After cresting the saddle, the course rolls through towering pine forests towards beautiful Gold Valley. The rolling terrain allows racers to gather their senses and get a grip before entering the seventeen mile, 5,000' singletrack descent into Downieville. Composed of Pauley Creek, Third Divide and First Divide Trails, and riddled with rocks, roots, bumps and jumps, this epic descent is the make it or break it point for many racers.
The last half mile of the course takes racers into the streets of downtown Downieville.
Overall, Downieville Downhill is the 80th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.