Situated in the iconic Downieville, California, Pauley Creek Trail offers everything a mountain biker could ever dream of. With 18 miles of riveting singletrack and fire roads, this trail is categorized as 'Difficult' and for a good reason. This point-to-point route comes packed with a variety of terrains, multiple creek crossings, steep sections, and more than a handful of thrill moments. If you're seeking an adrenaline rush, look no further.
When it comes to reaching the trailhead, your best bet is to start from HWY 49 in Downieville. Once parked, you'll want to walk past the information kiosk to Yuba Expeditions. Opt for a shuttle ride to Packer Saddle. Although there are other shuttle services in town, Greg and his crew at Yuba Expeditions are generally considered reliable partners for your journey.
While other trails offer either speed or technicality, Pauley Creek serves both on a silver platter.
The final part of the route ties into Butcher Ranch and, depending on the season, conditions here can be quite varied. Always keep an eye out for torn-up tracks, especially after a rainy spell.
With its variety of terrains, challenging singletracks, and stunning views, Pauley Creek Trail is a must-ride for anyone serious about mountain biking. Whether it's your first trip to Downieville or you're a seasoned rider, this trail is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. Happy riding!