Downhill. Ride starts and ends from Downieville.
We have about 30 seats reserved
on the 10:00 shuttles. Don't miss the bus! Try to arrive by 9:30. It's
a long drive from anywhere, which means leaving seriously early. Estimated
2.5 hour drive.
Directions and maps are on the Maps page.
It costs $12 each to ride one of the shuttle busses
to the top of the trail, at Packer Saddle in the Sierra Buttes. This is
an additional 25 miles, so it's well worth it. I've reserved us all the
seats that were available; about 30. If there are more of us, I or someone
else will also drive up and drop people off.
Hoover's pictures from last year
Maps will be provided by the shuttle companies. There are multiple routes
you can take, but we will follow the one commonly known as the Downieville
Downhill, containing the best singletrack.
ride is 15-17 miles, with over 4000' of descent along the way, which is
hard on the knees. There is also 1000' of uphill, and NO SERVICES. No
phones, no water, no Starbucks. Make sure you bring everything you need
to sustain you; especially water and food! If you do not feel comfortable
with a strenuous ride of this length, consider one of the alternatives
- The first one is basically sag support. Some
ways before the end of the long Downieville Downhill, it comes out onto
a road. If you're pooped when you get there, we can pick you up from
town. I'm not sure the distance to this point from the top of the trail.
- Drive up to sag support spot, and ride the trail
back into town. This is the easiest alternate ride. Again, distances
- Ride out from Downieville, go as far as you
want, then turn around and head back. Most of the elevation is further
up the trail, so this should not be a major uphill undertaking.
For the shuttle riders, make sure you bring some lunch! We'll stop somewhere
along the way. For people taking shorter rides, there are food places
in town. After everyone is done with the ride, we will either stop at
a restaurant or (if we're in a hurry) get something to eat along the drive.
We will be back well after dark.