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    The Downieville Summer Kick-Off Thread!!!

    It's on! And if you're going, please add yourself to our Facebook page so we know who all is planning on going.

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    What what?

    Join us for the 6th Annual MTBR Downieville Summer Kick-Off! Prepare for a long weekend of incredible riding around Downieville, Sierra City and the Lakes Basin!

    Camping
    We will again be camping at Packsaddle Campground. Packsaddle campground is 6000 feet elevation, has developed campsites, hand pumped water and vault toilets. The campground is located 2 miles from Packer Saddle, and 1/4 mile from Packer Lake. To get there from Downieville, continue on 49 north for 17 miles. You will pass Sierra City at 12.5 miles. After 4.5 miles, turn left on Gold Lake Hwy. You will see Bassetts Station General Store on the corner. Follow Gold Lake Hwy. for approx 1.5 miles and turn left on CR-621/Packer Lake Road. In .25 mile, turn right to continue on Packer Lake Road. Within 2 miles, look for signs pointing you toward Packsaddle Campground. It will be on the left. If you pass Packer Lake, you've gone too far!

    The campsites can be reserved online now. Go to Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov and search for Packsaddle Campground in the Park name field. Enter the appropriate dates and you'll be able to reserve a site. Once they are all reserved, don't worry. We'll have the place to ourselves and will be able to disperse evenly. This is a communal event and we try our best to share the space. In addition, five sites will be available on a first come-first served basis. These will be available and we'll make sure they are reserved for our use.

    Riding
    There are several rides you can do right from the campground, including Sunrise Trail, Butcher Ranch, Big Boulder Trail and Tamarack Lakes, along with a whole new trail system a short drive in Graeagle. It is mountain bike heaven!

    Shuttled rides can be arranged through the following local shops:

    Yuba Expeditions
    208 Main Street
    Downieville, CA 95936
    (530) 289-3010
    Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

    Downieville Outfitters
    114 Main Street
    Downieville, CA 95936
    (530) 289-0155
    Downieville Outfitters - Shuttle Service to the Downieville Downhill

    Group Rides
    We'll have a few key group rides, with big and small rides planned for Friday and Saturday. These happen organically, so just show up and ask who's doing what. Big Boulder, Lakes Basin and Mills Peak rides are all on the hit list this year.

    ˇBeer Party!
    On Saturday evening, let's throw down a legendary beer tasting party! Bring a few of your favorites to share and we'll eat potluck style, or just have a grill going so we can eat like cavemen.

    Reserve your campsite and get ready for some GnarCal shredding!
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    Awesome flyer K-max.

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    so here are the questions? What date are people planning on showing up? I was thinking about taking the 7th off and heading up a bit early...?

    And which site are people planning on staying in?

    wifey has given preliminary approval due to burthday shenanigans and her generally being awesome!

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    The great thing is that due to early season, we usually have the campGROUND to ourselves. There are 15 sites and we have historically taken it over. I would suggest reserving a site soon just in case we have a big turnout again. The 7th is a perfect time to arrive. There may be a 40th birthday celebration going on when you get there. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    There may be a 40th birthday celebration going on when you get there. ;-)
    woooohoooo!

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    Thanks! Been stewing on it for a while, so I was stoked to be able to bring it to light!

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    Kyle, make my sport-tee a size medium, and 2 Silipints please.

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    We have campsite # 2 reserved! Number one can't be reserved, but I have had it every year thus far. We are hoping to have it again.
    Thanks for the t-shrt design K-max! They look amaxing! :-)

    Wooohooo we arrive Thursday and will be heading home on Monday!

    Oh, so looking forward to it!
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    Picked up site #3! Its on like donky kong!

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    Snagged #11.
    Lovin' this year's graphics, K-max!
    Hey man, wanna go for a klunk?

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    What a coincedence I have 5 days scheduled off for my son's wedding. What luck! Let me check with him and my wife. BTW, the gnar bear logo is totally rawkin'
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    So in!!

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    I am in neither uphill or downhill biking shape, but I am drinking shape so hope to make it.

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    Cool Graphic Kyle, you could probably do that for a living...
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    Dville has not opened that early in a few years. With the current weather, the riding should be epic. I already have a w-e of riding in the mountains planned with the guys later in June, so I don't think that I'll get two passes in the same month. You guys have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Dville has not opened that early in a few years. With the current weather, the riding should be epic. I already have a w-e of riding in the mountains planned with the guys later in June, so I don't think that I'll get two passes in the same month. You guys have fun.
    Every year Zorg, you don't show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Every year Zorg, you don't show up.

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    I'm antisocial. Although I was there for a day during the first one some years ago.
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    As much as I hate hiking.. we are hiking up to the Buttes on Friday. Big guys need to portage much beer.

    We are doing Mills Peak shuttle runs

    Then Big Boulders!!!!

    We should take the week off

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    I'm antisocial. Although I was there for a day during the first one some years ago.
    you were at the parking lot by the ice cream store.

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    That hike to the lookout tower is so worth it! I was amazed by the view from up there. And yes, I'm not missing out on Mills Peak this year. The riding is so good in Graeagle...

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    I might be in..............gotta make sure the weekend is open

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    Did someone say Graeagle? Heeeheeehee
    Where is my man: Big Boulder? We need a guide!
    If we can get there early enough on Thursday, we hope to catch sunset at the Lookout, otherwise we will attempt to get up there with FC.
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    I'm in, am trying to convince the family to stay home so I can camp and actually ride with the tribe - last year was a huge miss.
    I can't wait to ride Mills Peak. Too bad I can't start actually riding for another 2 weeks due to biz travel. Good thing it's mostly downhill
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    I'm a Downieville noob. Anything I should know ahead of time?

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    Nice, sounds like a gnarly good time! I'm hoping to make it, but I may have to make it a game day decision. Hopefully there will be space for a tidy 2-man tent and a Cannondale Rize!
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    Argh, was hoping to make it this year but that's the one weekend in June I have unchangable plans! Post live pics!

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    Has anyone been able to book a shuttle? I've called Downieville Outfitters but no answer. Yuba doesn't know their schedule yet. I'd like to ride Friday & Saturday. Have Friday off and will be heading up there early. Have room for one more bike and can fit 2 more person if anyone wants to carpool. I got campground 6... This is my first time doing this!!!

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    Me 'n Mr. Shred are in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    I'm sure the shops are still dusting the cobwebs off the cash register at this point. Might be a week or two before either have a game plan for open season. But, by the weekend of the 25th, I'm sure they'll be buzzing with phone calls, so yeah, plan ahead. Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.

    Welcome aboard! You'll love it.
    Thank you! Can't wait

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    I'm sure the shops are still dusting the cobwebs off the cash register at this point. Might be a week or two before either have a game plan for open season. But, by the weekend of the 25th, I'm sure they'll be buzzing with phone calls, so yeah, plan ahead. Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.

    Welcome aboard! You'll love it.

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    gaahh Site 4 is gone thats a sweet site for people with pooches.

    I'll need to discuss with the Mrs.
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    Booked shuttle for Friday at 1 and Saturday at 9AM with Downieville Outfitters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.
    Yep. Memorial Day weekend is shuttle opening for Downieville Outfitters.

    This weekend is getting all the deadfall off the trails.

    Condition reports posted here. Toasty weather should do a good beat down on the snow. I can't imagine any snow on the trails for the event! But then it is the Sierra...
    Downieville Outiftters ::: Downieville Mountain Bike Rides ::: Trail Conditions
    and here: http://www.facebook.com/DownievilleOutfitters

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    Trail Conditions Updates

    We took this photo on May 7, 2012. About two feet of soft, slushy snow at Packer Lake shouldn't last more than a couple of weeks. We've had a pretty mild winter.

    We'll be looking to shuttle by Memorial Day. We are taking reservations! (530) 289-0155. We will get back to you within 24 hours. (We're out on the trails, cleaning them up of debris!)

    Now git ridin'!
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    I hate to disappoint, but there will be NO 'smoked' pig this year.
    I'm almost certainly in, but not on facebook.
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    Yeah, I guess we underestimated the heat in the fire! It was a good idea, anyway.

    Glad you can join us again!

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    after years of crashing at someones camp, i grabbed camp site 12. only a couple more available.

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    My son Evan and I will be there. Just reserved a campsite for the gathering. Only one site remaining. Can't wait to hang out and ride in the Sierras. I'm totally psyched!

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    Here are the latest trail conditions:
    Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

    Book your shuttles now. Its gonna be a great summer! We look forward to seeing you all in Downieville!

    Cheers!

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    I'm very happy that I've been married to a wonderful, smart, funny, beautiful lady I met in high school. We've been together on and off for the last 25 years... been married almost 15.

    But... it just so happens that our 15 year anniversary lands on the same weekend as the DV Gathering.

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    Hey guys... Sorry for the hijack but what would you recommend for Downie:
    -A Downhill bike
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    -A XC/All Mountain Bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoingOffRoading View Post
    Hey guys... Sorry for the hijack but what would you recommend for Downie:
    -A Downhill bike
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    -A XC/All Mountain Bike
    AM bike is ideal if you are just shuttling, XC bike is sufficient for shuttling and better for non-shuttle rides, and most folks who bring DH bikes say they are overkill. 5 or 6" travel works great for me. (One awesome pro DH rider I know of brought her hardtail, for her it's pretty meh - lol).
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    Save the DH for Northstar. You may have more fun exploring some of trails you need to mash a little.

    I was fishing at Upper Sardine Lake and heard a guy yell "this is Fooking Awsome" and proceeded to giggle like a school girl until he was out of ear shot. That dude was riding above me on Sardine Lake Overlook trail. That is now on my list of must do's.

    there is so much cools stuff to explore if you are on an AM/XC.
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    Definitely AM trail bike with stiff, wide tires. It's just way too pedally up there. Especially if you get off the beaten path and explore other areas. Lots of ups and downs.

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    Anyone going from the Chico/Redding area? I'd like to come up but would rather not take the giant SUV with just me in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Anyone going from the Chico/Redding area? I'd like to come up but would rather not take the giant SUV with just me in it.
    I'm in Chico but I am not sure if I am going to make this... Stay tuned

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    So who snatched up all the sites? Any room for one from Bakersfield? I missed last year but would like to try and make it this year. Thanks in advance to Kyle and Andy for all their work they do to make this happen.

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    yeah, I might be heading up +1 in a 4runner. Can I pay with beer to snag a spot or just park on the side of the road or what?

    I camp in the back of my truck, so I won't be in the way much. Buddy would be tossin out the tent

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