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first second and third divide

Average Rating:    (4.56 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

A fun loop that isn't too long. You can finish it in a couple of hours. Lot's of nice singletrack through pine forest and along some scenic waterways. The trail itself is well maintained, yet technical enough to have a lot of fun no matter what direction you ride it. Downieville rules.
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Latitude
39.558456511991196
Longitude
-120.82712173461914
Trail Directions
Start in downtown Downieville. Ask anyone at the bike shop where the trailhead is and what the current conditions are.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Downieville
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Review Date
June 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stevoway ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The 1st 2nd 3rd Divide trails, are the most fun I have ever had going down hill most of the time, not like cross cc. I also took my 2009 Cannondale Scalpel lefty on this run and it performed perfectly I loved the ride and if you like a scary challenge, go for this run for sure...
Stevoway 6\2010

Recommended Route:
3 to 2 to 1 easy !!!



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Review Date
October 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
1 Year

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Reviewed by: leeann ,  Racer

Summary:
What is with the flies? My partner and I rode this trail Sept. 30. I think the climb up second divide would have been really nice if I could have breathed without inhaling a zillion flies. they were relentless! wrong time of year I guess. They were easily outrun on the downhill, so maybe no one goes uphill that time of year?



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Review Date
May 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: True , from San Jose, CA

Summary:
I got to town 40 min late to meet someone for a ride. Sorry I missed you.
I decided to go anyway without your guidance and had a great time. I climbed Lavezzola Rd. in the afternoon sun up to second divide. Once on second the real work began. The technical bits of this trail are thankfully not in the biggest part of the climb. Just before and just after the minning cabin you will work the hardest. I decided to enjoy the trip and walked much of the last pitch. Make a right where the D-ville (Butcher-Packer) DH meets the trail, one short steep climb to go. Take a well deserved break at the peak. Munch a Cliff Bar, check your brakes, strap on your pads, and re-check your brakes.
Now the real fun begins, and since you climbed here, you earned it!! Down the Third Divide you will find some of the sweetest, fastest, most buttery smooth singletrack I can imagine. If this trail were three times longer it would still be too short. What a blast! Cross a bridge over a beautiful river (wish I had my trout rod) then hit Lavezzola Rd for about two miles of 30+mph fire road. Look for a concrete bridge and make a right into the primitive camp and the begining of upper first divide. Much rougher terrain here. Broken shale on the trail makes traction a bit dicey in places. Now is not the time to remember that you didn't pack an extra tube or patch kit. I brought one, and needed it. Still a great trail, just not as fast as third, perhaps a bit more technical. When the trail widens to a logging road check your speed and watch for the fence. Go around it and cross Lavezzola to the lower portion of first divide. Except for one or two spots, you can really fly on this part. Good traction and plenty of warning for the trouble spots. make the drop along the fence to the paved end of Lavezzola and return to town a much dirtier and better person than when you left.
This trail is not for someone afraid of seriously long hard climbs or high speeds. If your aren't comfortable with the idea of exceeding 30mph on a trail the width of your bars, along a cliff, 50' above a river I recommend you work up to this one because it is all of that.
All in all, a fabulous ride. I'll be back for more!!!

Recommended Route:
Up Lavezzola to second, climb second to third, down third then upper first followed by lower first then a frosty Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at the Pizza Joint next to the river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None yet, on my next trip Id like to do the entire D-ville DH and Bullards Bar rides.



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Review Date
April 18, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sarah , from nevadacity/d'ville

Summary:
Last week's snow brought 4 inches to Second Divide, turned around at the miner's cabin. 1st is as smooth as it's ever been, 2nd---Fast Watch for ticks!

Recommended Route:
good climb up Lavezzola Rd. to Second, turn around, take 1st to town

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bullards Bar



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Review Date
February 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ldog , from Arcata CA

Summary:
These are some of the best trails in the west. There is no way to describe it, you just gotta go. The Downievile Classic race in the second week of august is one of the gnarlyist races in the west, The toughest I've done and it includes these two trails as well as being point to point. Basically these trails are what mountain biking is all about.

Recommended Route:
Take a shuttle to the top and rip the trails downhill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Too many, ask a local or get a map.



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