NORTH YUBA TRAIL - Trail, NEVADA CITY / DOWNIEVILLE, California

NORTH YUBA TRAIL - Trail, NEVADA CITY / DOWNIEVILLE, California

DESCRIPTION

Narrow singletrack that winds in and out of forested canyons & passes through old mining camps. This rolling trail features challenging ascents, dicey downhills, creek crossings, treacherous switchbacks, & stunning views. Not for the faint of heart, do not ride this trail alone!!! One of californias most outrageous singletrack rides.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 17, 2014]
Tim S
Cross Country Rider

Rode this today. Beautiful views. Not too technical if it weren't for the trees and branches all over the trail. The winter fallout is still prominent. We tossed at least a hundred branches off the trail. This is a place spokes go to die. Downstream of Goodyears Bar, the trail became completely impassable - 4 trees across the trail w/i 50 yards. Despite these limitations, the ride was still very enjoyable. Afterwards, relaxing at the river helped, too.

Customer Service

Good for a shuttle, if that's your preference. Can also loop back up on the highway (4 miles) if you're running out of time. Out and back is fine too - our trip was ~3100 vert

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 16, 2011]
DomWieden
Cross Country Rider

Rode the north yuba connector starting from downieville to the north yuba trail all the way to the indian flat today. In total that should be something like 16miles, sure feels like much more! Had a great time, very challenging, esp the connector trail, which I found more challenging than the north yuba trail itself (which still is pretty hard & nasty)! Overall both are steep, switchbacks, extremely narrow paths with nasty possibilities for falling down the hill. Very beautiful to ride, nothing for the faint hearted! But in between always very flowy sections with lots of small up and downs. Adrenalin up to your hairline 90% of the time! On the larger climbs I had to push the bike quite a few times because of the narrowness or technicality of the trail (and the fear of falling down the hill-side). On the way back I was totally destroyed and very slowly rode back on the highway. Bring enough food/snacks! There are plenty of small streams coming down the mountain, so water is not an issue. In total it took me like 7h for both trails & the ride back to downieville, including breaks here and there. In some other comment someone said it's like 2nd divide on steroids - I agree!

Customer Service

only rode it once starting from downieville, found that to be really good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 01, 2011]
fill the void
Cross Country Rider

I rode the new section that was just officially opened from Downieville to Goodyears Bar. This is a very good trail that is not overly technical will challenge most riders. It is easy to tell where trail work had been done to get this section approved by usfs, it is buffed! Where it gets challenging is where the old mining trails or are used, steep and anerobic. Due to the lack of use, there was a build of of loose rock and branches (from winter storms) that made the tread slick. You will pass a couple of old mining tunnels and bridge crossings. Out and back was 14 miles with 2000' gain.

Customer Service

Start at the new trailhead parking behind the forest service in Downieville. Trail starts right there and is easy to follow. If you get to Goodyears Bar and want to continue the bottom (16 mi total one way) stay straight past the stop sign (do not cross the bridge) and a way down on the right will be the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Halls Ranch to Fiddle Creek to Lower North Yuba (ride counter clockwise)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 07, 2010]
Jim Rossi
Cross Country Rider

North Yuba is now 17-miles one way of ridiculous singletrack. I've ridden all over Downieville, Lake Tahoe, Moab, Fruita, Arizona, etc. and this trail, mile-for-mile is as good as any! Thank you, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Council! Lots of climbing, rock moves, and cliffside exposure each way - this is an advanced trail that drops you off right in downtown Downieville.



Customer Service

Start at Rocky Rest and it's more up than down on the way upstream. If 34 miles is too much, you can turn around at Goodyears Bar OR arrange a shuttle and start from Downieville. Bring Tecnu for omnipresent poison oak.

Similar Products Used:

Bullards Bar, South Yuba, Divide loop, BIG BOULDER!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 02, 2010]
Lopaka
Weekend Warrior

This trail is a complete ball buster. My heart rate was all over the place. This mostly narrow single track trail is made up of broken shale and is carved into the side hill. The trail parallels the river and is a never ending roller coaster with only a few spots of level ground at any one time. The uphill pitches are steep and require momentum, perfect gear selection and very tough legs. My VDO showed 1500 feet of climbing for the 8 miles but all of it was 20 to 8o feet at a time and right at my climbing ability with a few pitches too steep for me to climb to the top. I had to push my bike up these little climbs quite a few times, get back on, ride downhill a few feet, only to grind out another short, steep, climb. The downhill pitches are tough because they are twisted, narrow and, in January, very slick. My riding partner describes the North Yuba trail as "the 2nd divide on steroids". We took over 2 1/2 hours for the approx. 8 miles and were completely spent at the end. A few sweet flowy sections, some great switchbacks, many water crossings (January), and a few foot bridges round out the ride. North Yuba was way tougher than I thought it would be. I ride the 8 mile XC course from Sierra City to Packer Saddle faster and easier than this thing!

Customer Service

We started in the Indian Valley, Rocky Rest campground, crossed the river on the bridge and went east, ending in Goodyears Bar. We ran out of light and took the highway back to the car. Thankfully, the road was all downhill! In reverse, the trail would be slightly easier. Note: Once on the south side of the river, you're committed until the next bridge unless you want to hike cross country, swim the river, and climb up to the highway. I felt like it more than a few times.

Similar Products Used:

Pauly Creek, Big Boulder.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 18, 2007]
dhouston
Cross Country Rider

Lots of fun but quite a challenge. I thought no sweat a trail that runs parallel with a river. How tough can that be. This trail was extremely up and down, touching down near the river to elevations of nearing 200 feet above river level. Pretty views and nice environs. Seven miles of a constant grind out, another seven back.

Customer Service

Can't recall name of campsite you turn in to as a staging area for trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Downieville, South Yuba, Bullards.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 23, 2005]
eraserhead
Cross Country Rider

I rode the No. Yuba/Fiddle Ridge loop again in early October. This time we did it opposite of last time in the previous review.I think this loop is a lot better.No. Yuba Trail makes a really good warmup before the climb up Halls Ranch.The ride down Fiddle Ridge is much more enjoyable than going down Halls Ranch.I crashed and banged my knee hard on the No. Yuba so I didnt know how I would do on the big climb up Halls Ranch.That climb was pretty tough with the bugs swarming our heads and the loose shale that seems to be on all the D'ville trails late in the season.What a challenge though.We walked maybe 13 of the climb and rode all out efforts on the rest.I cleaned the top 4 switchbacks and then surprisingly I was at the top of the ridge. It is a very satisfying climb when you make the top of the ridge.It wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected and my knee was OK.It doesn't hurt to be in good shape in D'ville! There are about 13 switchbacks up the hill.The climb seemed to go quicker as we counted them and talked about all the food we had back in camp for our feast that night.At the top we enjoyed awesome views and rolling single track.Before too long we came to the intersection with Fiddle Ridge.Make a left turn here or you will be in a world of hurt,unless you like that sort of thing.Fiddle Ridge rolls along the Ridge for awhile.Theres a spot where the trail widens out alot and there's a lot of Manzanita surrounding the trails.We stopped to eat all our remaining food here.Theres a great view of the river valley and of the Sierra Buttes here.In a while the trail begins to drop then all the sudden there will be a super steep climb.This continues for quite awhile.There was one section where the trail was overgrown.The trail is followable but we had to "ram' our bikes through some of it.Beware of the wild rose bushes!!They have giant thorns that gave me a nice bloody cut.They also have rose hips growing on them.It goes like this for maybe 100 yards so don't think about turning around,just endure it.The trails begins to go more downhill with the odd switchback every once in a while,but still throwing in more nasty climbs.Finally we got to the bottom.Make a left on the road(Cal Ida Rd.)and another left on hwy.49 and 2mi. east to Rocky Rest campground. We were riding in early Oct.It was 70-80 degrees all day.I drank 100 oz. of water and 24 oz. of Gatorade.

Customer Service

We always camp at Rocky Rest.Start on No. Yuba trail across the bridge.Go 8 mi. east to Goodyears Bar make a left on the pavement,go left on Hwy.49 1 12 miles to the trailhead for Halls Ranch .Climb HARD for almost 2 miles to the top.Follow the trail to an intersection with Fiddle Ridge,GO LEFT HERE!!The trail rocks and rolls down to Cal Ida Rd.Make a left and another left on Hwy. 49 2 miles back to Rocky Rest.

Similar Products Used:

Go explore ! There isn't a bad trail here.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 23, 2003]
eraserhead
Cross Country Rider

I usually ride 25-50 miles, up to 10 hrs as much singletrack as possible.This ride was about 20 miles and it almost kicked our butts.The climb up Fiddle Creek was pretty steep and technical with lots of loose shale the entire way.The clouds of mosquitoes flying around our heads made it especially tough(I think they like the C02 we exhale).The climb goes up and seems to top out,you go down then hit more short yet tough climbs.When we finally got to the downhill we took it easy because we were a little tired and didn't know the trail.The switchbacks down to the road were pretty tight but doable.We took 49 then the road at Goodyears Bar to the No.Yuba trailhead.We rode the trail 2 miles then hiked down to the river to swim and eat for awhile.After we got back on the trail it seemed like singletrack heaven,lots of ups and downs,fairly technical no sustained climbing.We got to a spot thats really exposed,rocky and way above the river and I almost had a mental breakdown!I was sure I would crash and fall down to the river so I walked a bit.The last mile and a half is superb.There's a bridge over a shaded creek where we stopped and soaked our heads.We got back to camp,hammered down 4 well deserved beers and went for a swim.This is a killer loop.

Customer Service

Camped at Rocky Rest,rode down the road to Fiddle Creek(nice,tough climb),back on the road to Goodyear Bar then North Yuba back to Rocky rest campground.

Similar Products Used:

We rode up and down the Downieville River trail one day and did the Chimney Rock and Empire trails the second day,did the Fiddle Creek and No. Yuba trails the last day of our trip.I will be 4 wheeling

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 13, 2000]
wineguy

(Shuttle) Drop a car at rocky rest campground, drive to goodyears bar. Ride this sweet, narrow, treacherous trail to rocky rest campground & finish with a swim in the yuba. 8 miles will take about an hour & 1/2

(Out & back ) Start @ the campground & ride to goodyears bar since there is more climbing going this way, then head back.
16miles will take three hours, use caution & don't ride alone.

Customer Service

Goodyears bar to rocky rest campground & do as a shuttle for the first time.
For out & back start at rocky rest campground to goodyears bar & back to campground. 950'of climbing going towards goodyears & 750'of climbing going towards
campground.

Similar Products Used:

downieville

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 08, 2000]
Rob Anagnoson

I just rode this last weekend and really liked it. Even though the whole thing was at fairly low elevation, there was a whole lot of up and down making it a great workout. Nice and narrow with creek crossings, switchbacks, and cliffsides. Definitely a great ride if you're staying in Downieville and getting sick of riding down from Packer Saddle (or if it's snowing up top).

Customer Service

Out and back from Rocky Rest campground.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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