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    Your favorite Downieville trail / ride?

    Heading up tonight for our 1st ever Downieville trip and will be on the 1st shuttle out to Mill's Peak in the morning before being dropped off at Packer Saddle afterwards.

    I'm aware there are numerous ways to come down and wanted to ask which is your favorite and why? Do you like a certain way down because it's longer and you get more riding time? I hear 2nd Divide adds a bunch of climbing....is that grinder climbing or "work your ass off" climbing?
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    Sunrise to butcher, up pauly to big boulder to second to beer in the river.

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    Right here dawg! Mt. Elwell!!

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    ^^ Yep. D'ville proper doesn't do much for me anymore. But Elwell's an adventure--and Brewer's Lair is the reward! I need to ride Mills Peak again. I've only ridden it once, and I may have been too tired to fully appreciate it.
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    Some nice singletrack that takes me to either Mt. Elwell or to the A-Tree.

    Still haven't ridden Mills Peak, but will take care of that in the next week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    Heading up tonight for our 1st ever Downieville trip and will be on the 1st shuttle out to Mill's Peak in the morning before being dropped off at Packer Saddle afterwards.

    I'm aware there are numerous ways to come down and wanted to ask which is your favorite and why? Do you like a certain way down because it's longer and you get more riding time? I hear 2nd Divide adds a bunch of climbing....is that grinder climbing or "work your ass off" climbing?
    2nd divide is up and down...it's a great trail, you just have to work a little. If this is your first time there, just ride the DH course. FYI...it's not really a DH course, it's trail riding. It doesn't matter which trails you choose, they will all be brand new to you

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    Your favorite Downieville trail / ride?

    Chimney rock and a few trails off the backside that are more technical. This is on my Moto though, never mountain biked that trail... yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Sunrise to butcher, up pauly to big boulder to second to beer in the river.
    LOL, up Pauley Creek sounds shitty to me...especially with weekend traffic

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    Thanks for the replies. My Elwell was on the agenda but they aren't running that' shuttle yet...or so we were told when I called. We have all Saturday after 11 am open so we'll see

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    ^^ You can go contact the Graeagle shop, Howling Dogs, and they'll help you with a shuttle. That ride does involve a fair amount of technical climbing and HAB at altitude though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    LOL, up Pauley Creek sounds shitty to me...especially with weekend traffic
    Encountered exactly 0 riders Sunday. The ride idea was given to me by a certain ASS as his favorite way to max out the standard shuttle, all of Butcher versus baby heads then BB and 2nd. Some of the best trails up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ You can go contact the Graeagle shop, Howling Dogs, and they'll help you with a shuttle. That ride does involve a fair amount of technical climbing and HAB at altitude though.
    Excellent thank you!! Bering a DV rookie, I had no idea what other options were available to us. I sent them an email so hopefully we can get in there on Saturday. I love technical though the HAB will kill me...at least I'll die happy on a mountain top

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    Excellent thank you!! Bering a DV rookie, I had no idea what other options were available to us. I sent them an email so hopefully we can get in there on Saturday. I love technical though the HAB will kill me...at least I'll die happy on a mountain top

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    At Mills Peak, make sure you climb up to the tower and look around. You can also go inside and talk to the watchman. He's there 24 hours looking for fires and can appreciate the conversation.
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    Lavezzola Creek trail is freaking awesome!

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    Make sure you find out about current conditions before you try and ride Mt Elwell.

    One year when all the other trails were clear I had to go through endless snow drifts to get to there, and then there was still a massive drift just off the summit, so we had to bail back the way we came and then navigate around the south side by the lake. That was fun trail too, but not nearly as fun as riding off the summit.

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    Any news on these new trails?

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    For a first timer I suggest doing the normal route (Sunrise, Butcher, 3rd Divide, 1st Divide). Especially after doing Mill's. Trying to do Big Boulder AFTER Mill's is quite a leg workout as you'd be adding something like another 2k of climbing. I know that doesn't sound like much but after charging downhill for hours on end it catches up to you, especially in the heat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    For a first timer I suggest doing the normal route (Sunrise, Butcher, 3rd Divide, 1st Divide). Especially after doing Mill's. Trying to do Big Boulder AFTER Mill's is quite a leg workout as you'd be adding something like another 2k of climbing. I know that doesn't sound like much but after charging downhill for hours on end it catches up to you, especially in the heat!
    Yes, stick to the normal.

    Do First Divide one run, Second the next, Pauley Creek later, Big Boulder...

    You can do each permutation 4x and still be entertained and constantly improving.

    It's like Braille Trail. You can do it 20x and still be dialing it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    At Mills Peak, make sure you climb up to the tower and look around. You can also go inside and talk to the watchman. He's there 24 hours looking for fires and can appreciate the conversation.
    The look out was empty when I was there a few weeks ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Yes, stick to the normal.

    Do First Divide one run, Second the next, Pauley Creek later, Big Boulder...

    You can do each permutation 4x and still be entertained and constantly improving.

    It's like Braille Trail. You can do it 20x and still be dialing it in.

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    You will want to hit 1st divide every run. No reason not to.

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    I kinda remember reading something about some new trail beginning at the Sierra Buttes fire lookout connecting to Packer saddle, anyone know what's up with that? That to the standard DH route would definitely be the way to go. All the trails are worthy, but the standard route has by far the best effort/reward ratio.

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    Thanks. we did Mills and then the "standard" Downieville DH run today.

    Going up Pauley to Big Boulder tomorrow and then over to 2nd Divide.

    Saturday, the bike shop in Graegle recommended by dirtvert is taking us up to Mt Elwell. He told us there are a couple snow drifts and 2-3 down trees but is otherwise good to go so we're trusting him that we'll be fine. We're in no hurry anyway.
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    ^^ Good on ya! You're WAY ahead of the learning curve. You might want to follow a track (like on Trailforks) for Elwell. The trail that bypasses the PCT is easy to miss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    ^^ Good on ya! You're WAY ahead of the learning curve. You might want to follow a track (like on Trailforks) for Elwell. The trail that bypasses the PCT is easy to miss.
    U bet, don't go anywhere w/o Trailforks nowadays. Saved us when we made a wrong turn heading for Big Boulder today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Encountered exactly 0 riders Sunday. The ride idea was given to me by a certain ASS as his favorite way to max out the standard shuttle, all of Butcher versus baby heads then BB and 2nd. Some of the best trails up there.
    They're all great trails...I happen to like riding Lakes Basin best.

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    Did Mt Elwell today...quite the adventure, glad we did it and fantastic backcountry scenery but I have to say, e liked everything else we rode much better overall.

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    First time up to the fire lookout for me today. 10/10 a must do at least once.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    First time up to the fire lookout for me today. 10/10 a must do at least once.


    That's awesome!

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