There’s something magical about Downieville.
While you might spend an hour climbing for 15 minutes of OK downhill everywhere else, in Downieville you’ll spend 15 minutes climbing and 2 hours shredding the downhill trail of your life. Of course you’ll have to take a shuttle to the top, but some days it’s OK to cheat.
- My Strava track from the first shuttle
- It took me about 90 minutes to ride the 17.7 miles back to town. I took the Second Divide trail instead of the more popular Third Divide.
- Many riders are armor themselves with full-face helmets, elbow pads and knee pads. Shit happens, so it’s not a bad idea.
- There are a couple road crossings and confusing spots, so download the Trailforks app so you know where you are at all times.
- Parking in the central area of town is limited to two hours, so I will try to move my car after my first shuttle run.
- Shuttles are $20 per person from Yuba Expeditions and run every day of the week during the summer. Only two shuttles run per day Monday – Thursday, but a ton run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Yuba Expeditions also offers bike demos for $100 a day. I rode the Santa Cruz Hightower and it was fantastic.
- Yuba Expeditions has a hydration pack fill station just outside the shop for water.
- Public bathrooms are available very close to the bike shop as well.
- The Yuba River is a great place to dip into between shuttle rides.