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    Downieville in April? - River Riding Part II

    Merlin (Rick) and I rode North Yuba, Halls Ranch and Fiddle Creek on Thursday. Here is what we saw and what we rode.
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    Beautiful... Thats like the kind of place I daydream I'd be riding on. We are making plans to ride Downieville in a few months. Any tips, route recommendations?

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    That is a great ride with many tough miles. Perfect time of the year to do it too. Thanks.

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    Lots of Options

    Quote Originally Posted by psychojylo
    Beautiful... Thats like the kind of place I daydream I'd be riding on. We are making plans to ride Downieville in a few months. Any tips, route recommendations?
    Well, what type of riding do you like? Unless you use one of the many shuttle services in town, everything in Downieville requires a lot of climbing to start (with maybe the exception of an out and back on the North Yuba Trail) and then a long descent to finish the ride. There are a lot of trails in the region. I live about an hour from there. Check with the USFS. My experience has been that some of the Downieville shuttle service maps have been wildly inaccurate.

    Don't expect super technical terrain though. Downieville offers some fantastic riding, but super challenging rocky terrain is few and far between there. This is one of the reasons I rarely ride there; I crave the rocky gardens :-)

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    [/QUOTE]Don't expect super technical terrain though. Downieville offers some fantastic riding, but super challenging rocky terrain is few and far between there. This is one of the reasons I rarely ride there; I crave the rocky gardens :-)[/QUOTE]

    Try riding on the other side of the ridge. The lakes basin offers some super tough terrain most of which is in the Plumas National Forest. Keep exploring up there, it's up there.

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    Yup

    [QUOTE=cfeuchtTry riding on the other side of the ridge. The lakes basin offers some super tough terrain most of which is in the Plumas National Forest. Keep exploring up there, it's up there.[/QUOTE]


    Oh yeah, this is certainly true. Lakes Basin is way technical. For me, other technical riding is much closer to where I live. But if you area already in the Downieville area, Lakes Basin is a great option if you are looking for the rough, rocky Sierra experience.

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    Good God man!...you climbed up Halls Ranch?.....I hate that moth@r fri$ken climb! Is Fiddle Creek any good right now? We did that ride last April and it looked like Fiddle Creek had not been maintained in a long time....We actually lost the trail at one point....Howzit now?...

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    Your darn right we climbed Halls ranch!

    But it was a grind!!!!!!! The top was totally overgrown, i was riding through these overgrown green bush things and the thought" if this is Poison Oak I'm going straight to the hospital"..Now that it's the next day I can tell you it wans'nt. The trail is in OK shape..downed tree's, loose switchbacks, overgrown plants in the trail, but still a fun ride

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    Bursting a Lung

    I call it Hell's Ranch. Brutal... made worse because I was chasing Senor Ricky Racer up there ;-) I had hoped to ride it all without dabbing. I made it most of the way up, but stopped when my heart and lungs could not take it anymore. Someday!

    Note that it is Fiddle Creek Trail that is overgrown. Hells Ranch is fine.
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