The Granite Chief Wilderness encompasses glacier carved valleys, red fir forests, granite formations, and pristine mountain meadows.
Place Category: Community
Nestled in the Yuba River District of the Tahoe National Forest, Downieville is a popular destination for mountain biking trails and events. Other outdoor recreation activities include fishing, back country “jeeping” and motorcycling, kayaking, hiking and nature walks, gold panning, and exploring sites of the California Gold Rush. Fishing includes planted rainbow trout and German brown trout in the North Fork of the Yuba River.
The renowned “Downieville Downhill” singletrack trail has a 4,400 feet (1,300 m) drop over its 17 miles (27 km) length. There are shuttles to the trailhead available in town, which is its terminus. The town hosts the world-famous Downieville Classic mountain biking races, a two-day event with an Enduro style or Super-D downhill race, and an extremely challenging cross-country cycling race.
Downieville is a very small town; dining and lodging options are available but limited.