Near Downieville, the Dixie Mountain Route is a cool 16 mile route with 2200 feet of vertical. To reach the mountain biking trailhead from SR70, exit at Chilcoot and follow SR 284 north for 8 miles to Frenchman Dam. Proceed straight on 25N11 for 6 miles to the junction with 24N02Y. Signs say Dixie Mountain Lookout. Start riding at 24N02Y junction with 25N11, proceed west on 24N02Y to mile post 6.5 at Dixie Trail, then northeast on Trail to end, proceed northeast on 25N03 to 25N11. Take 25N11 two miles back to starting point. On 25N11 vehicle traffic may be heavy, use caution. A side trip to the end of 24N02Y (0.3 miles) provides a spectacular view from Dixie Mountain Lookout, elevation 8323.
Overall, Dixie Mountain Route is the 74th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.