Am I the only one who thinks that riding along high ridges doesn't seem fun? I like to have a proper wipe out zone on each side of me.
That ridge at Downieville has some very narrow sections and if you slip up the results can be fatal depending on if you hit water or rocks first. I dabbed my foot once half-on/half-off a sheer drop and I'd have to say that's the closest to death I've ever been on an MTB. I love that part of the trail tho, gets your adrenaline pumping! We have an even better one out here in the Columbia River Gorge called Syncline with a drop of over 600 feet if you screw up. A couple years ago one unlucky rider (fairly well known Hood River local and no novice either!) missed a turn and punched his ticket.
"There's two shuttles, one to the top and one to the hospital" I LOVE this place!!!