Big Boulder - Trail, Downieville/Bassets, California

Big Boulder - Trail, Downieville/Bassets, California

DESCRIPTION

This said, now I can tell you that this trail is one of the sweetest single tacks around! It is a top 10 ride in my book! FUN, FUN, FUN! Park at Packer saddle and right across the road is the new killer single track. Funs with lots of log drops. Call it Gregs trail (since he cut it). This trail will dump you out on a gravel road. Make a right and go for about 3 to 4 miles until you see the sign for Gold Valley/Pauley Creek. Take this OHV road down, and hold on for some fun! Cross Pauley creek and go up the quick climb, maybe 10 yards long. With in about 100 yards you will see a turn off to the right for Smith Lake. Take this turn off and climb the gentle climb to the ridge top. When you crest the ridge make a left (the road you are on will go straight to Smith lake, do not go this way, make the left here). Continue climbing to the top and now you will pass to the backside of the ridge. Start to go down hill and hold on again. The road narrows and will become some sweet ripping single track! This trail is 3 wide in places and if you fall, well kiss your ass good bye J. This is where you will either love it or hate it (depending on how good you are). For those of you that are ripping it up, right on! Have a great ride all the way down to 3rd divide. For those of you that are hating life, well go homethis place is for mountain bikers not whiners, whimps or skirts Enjoy

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 09, 2008]
sam-eye-am
Cross Country Rider

I did this ride during the Downievile Gathering in June 2008. Hands down the best ride I did there. I'm no XC weenie, but not a FR/DH guy either. Somewhere in between, and that is what this ride is. If you shuttle up to packer saddle and then ride sunrise, and then the fire road(s) to get to big boulder...including a section everyone was calling "baby heads"...which was really a lot of fun to haul some a** through. The big boulder trail itself, is sweet. Narrow, more buffed and less trafficked single track than what you'll find on the standard D'ville Downhill route. Once you climb up to the summit, you might be tempted to bypass the little trail that is goes off to your left and start the Downhill. Don't! Take the left at the summit...it is a short out and back to a killer view point...for some good scenic photo opportunities and a chance to relax and eat some lunch. Bottom line...if you don't mind a little pedaling but don't necessarily want to kill yourself climbing...this is a must do for D'ville in my opinion. (I'll rate it at a 4 for aerobic from my sea level normalized lungs perspective...probably a 3 to a 4 for tech depending on you experience...but a 5 overall).

Customer Service

I just followed a guy who had a good map, so I'm not of much use on this one.

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They are all good.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 10, 2008]
bpressnall
Cross Country Rider

With the name "Big Boulder" I expected more rock gardens, but actually it's more of a forested cruisy kind of ride, kind of like the lower Third Devide trail. I found it fun and challenging, but nothing really hairy. The jeep trail section into Pauly Creek was the hardest part. Technically, I give it a three, but maybe a four compared to other trails in the same area. Aerobicly: 2-3 with shuttle, 4-5 without. If it had some more rock gardens or other more interesting terrain fetures, I would have given it an overall 5.

Customer Service

Either shuttle or ride up Union? road to Packer Saddle, then take the Sunrise trail and roads over toward Smith Lake. The Lake is a nice detour, but requires climbing out. Or you can follow the ridge over to Summit Lake and maybe sneak in a little PCT riding. I think taking Third Devide has a better flow and save Second Devide for when you do Butcher Ranch. Of coarse finish with First Devide.

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You'll find out.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 17, 2004]
Bigboulder
Cross Country Rider

This is where my Mountain Bike Epiphiny occured nearly ten years ago. Read all the reviews here...they are all true..still one of my favorite XC rides...does not get the traffic that Pauly creek and Butchers ranch get because of the climb up from Gold Valley. If you are in NORCAL...you must give this a shot!

Customer Service

Either take "Gregs" trail from Packer saddle to the fire road....or go up the deer lake OHV to view Stunning Deer Lake then come down to the Gold Valley entrance from Summit Lake. After completeing bigboulder...don't be a wuss...opt for 2nd divide over instead of third divide!

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2nd divide, North Yuba, South Yuba, Mt Elwell

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 13, 2004]
wnsirfir
Cross Country Rider

What can I say about this trail that hasn't already been said. This is a great adventure ride by intermediate plus level or better cross country riders who are looking for a great workout and fun technical trail to ride. As stated in previous reviews the Big Boulder trail is accessed off the Pauley Creek downhill trail. If you don't like climbing and you are on a 35 lb. plus bike you probably won't like the 1,000'+ CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE RIDGE. If you are up for the climb you won't regret the downhill once you reach the top. Upon reaching the ridge top you can take a well deserved break and have a breath taking view of the Packer Saddle Butcher Ranch Sierra Buttes area. The only other better views are off the Pacific Crest Trail which is off limits to mountain bikers. From the view point there are two choices to continue the ride. One is down the 8'wide gravely road to the old Big Boulder mine to continue on the Big Boulder singletrack descent or you can take a singletrack off the top of the ridge to connect up with the Big Boulder trail. The advantage of taking the single track off the ridge is to avoid the 8' wide gravel road plunge and steep ass probably unrideable for most mortal's climb back up to the top of the Big Boulder singletrack descent. Once on the Big Boulder singletrack descent drop your seat a little and tighten your chin strap you are going to experience one of the best rides of your riding career. Good luck and have fun. Once you reach Third Divide you can either turn right and continue the high speed descent. Or if your in great shape and want more of a work out turn left and climb 50 yards up to the top of the ridge. Drop down the trail for about 100 yards and turn right down Second Divide. Note: the drop down Second Divide has several aerobic climbs that will be fun for serious cross country riders and will make most downhillers wish they had continued down Third Divide. The the other reason to ride Second Divide is that it adds over a mile of singletrack which ends up being a fireroad on Third Divide. If you take Second Divide you need to hang a right at the end of Second Divide to hook up with First Divide. To make sure you don't get lost it might be a good idea to hook-up with someone who has ridden the route previously.

Customer Service

See Above

Similar Products Used:

Butcher Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 21, 2004]
Jeff Bowers
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding for 15 years. By far, (all) the trails at Downieville are the best I have ever ridden.Why??? Fast, medium & steep downhill grades, large berms, natural jumps-everything is here if you crave on-the-edge BMXy/freeriding speeds. You must have good technical skills, or these trails will eat you alive- no beginners please. The trails are exceedingly long,15 miles long! You catch a shuttle ride to the top,for $15 bucks a ride.Average ride up to the top & back down to Downieville, about 2-3 hours, and it wears you out. High points: Cool town, nice people,pleasant summer temps with many different technical, thrilling downhill rides with varying terrain, from rock gardens to smooth BMXy sections under pine trees that flow into bridged river crossings. The Downieville trails are legendary- if you call yourself a MT. Biker, must ride these trails. Bring a decently lightweight full-suspension trail bike (4-5 " of travel the best), lots of spare tubes and a pair of large ones. The smile on your face will be hard to wipe off!!!! Have fun & be nice to the locals.Downieville is MTB heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Customer Service

All the trails are loads of fun, ask the local bike shop employees/locals or shuttle up with experienced riders who will guide you down-just tag along, everyone is cool.

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Around the Lake at Bassetts - a good, easy, flat beginner ride, nice views & take a dip in the Lake coves.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 12, 2004]
Brent
Cross Country Rider

This trail is sweet. I drove up here from la and spent a few days riding. However I rode from union flats campground up the Fireroad to Packer saddle as I was alone I had no shuttle. If you are a slilled you will have no problem with this climb. It is 12 miles. Get a map from the shop in town, it can be a little tricky to follow near the top. One of the best I have ever ridden.

Customer Service

Up union flat fire road then follow the above directions for the trail.

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When I was here I also road around Bullards Bar resivoir. this was sweet. It goes all arond the lake. Dark day trail was espcially fun. I had no map and did not know where I was going but it was easy to figure out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 05, 2003]
eraserhead
Cross Country Rider

This is a butt-kickin trail!I did it as sort of a consolation.I was going to try a really big loop to Lavezolla/"A" tree.I started out tearing a sidewall,fixed it,got lost on 4WD trails.The hunters out there gave me lots of conflicting directions.They were cool and trying to help though.Theres alot more trails out here than are on the maps.I landed up exploring trails in the Gold lake Basin.I turned around and found the Pauley Creek trail,met up with some fairly novice riders.Decided to hang with them since I was alone.The climb wasn't too bad up to the Boulder trail although it will probably help to keep out alot of inexperienced riders on downhill bikes.It was cool riding with the slower riders and they had the right attitude.I could fly ahead then rest and eat until they caught up.The downhill never seemed to end and there was a big grin on my face.I couldn't keep a straight face.Even after this trail ended there was 3rd Divide(another flat tire!)and then 1st Divide-another butt kicker!What a day!I started at 8AM got back just before the sun went down.Don't forget to get heavier duty tires and tubes than you normally use!!

Customer Service

Don't try mine without a guide or someone who's been out there before!!It took almost 12 hours!I was lost and staring at maps for 2hrs.

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Theres a ton of rides if you're willing to climb a bit!Try Downie river/Rattlesnake(starts right in town,almost no ones rides it due to 8-10 mi.climbing),N.Yuba trail/Fiddle Ridge loop(20mi.semi epic)SaddleBack/ChimneyRock/EmpireCreek/1st Divide(really epic top of the world outrageous ride!!!)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 15, 2002]
Dirt Rider

this is a fun but hard ride! you should hit it hard and be ready to take off when you hit 3rd divide b/c your skills will be dialed in...the views are great but don't fall off the trail when you look...

Customer Service

Same as above

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none...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 06, 2002]
GawdNumba7

ahhhh hahahaha....we took my friend out on this trail, but get this, it was his first time riding trails on a mtb. FIRST TIME EVER!!! he fell about seven times or so, but still had a rad time. we're taking him back this weekend!!! much much props to that kid. he takes a lickin but keeps on tickin! this trail is the best...some pretty good climbs, some pretty rad jumps, and tons or fun downhill. go ride that shit, NOW!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 20, 2002]
matt

ya this trail is fast and tec. if your going to ride this run you better not be just a newbe, this trail is for the real downhillers. some places if you go over you might not make it out just ask greg. he launched and broke his leg off of a drop. he used his bike as a scooter the rest of the way down. so be carefull.

Customer Service

he told it at the top

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the downhill if you dont ride all the time.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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