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NORTH YUBA TRAIL

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

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.
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Latitude
39.554883059924016
Longitude
-120.87158203125
Trail Directions
Hwy 80 to nevada city, take hwy 49 towards downieville. Make a right at goodyears bar crossing, cross a single lane bridge, make a left at the T , as soon as the road turns to dirt the trail head is on the right.
Trail Length
16 miles out & back
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
NEVADA CITY / DOWNIEVILLE
   


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Review Date
March 17, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Tim S ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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



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Review Date
June 16, 2011

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: DomWieden ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

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



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Review Date
May 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: fill the void ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Halls Ranch to Fiddle Creek to Lower North Yuba (ride counter clockwise)



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Review Date
January 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Lopaka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pauly Creek, Big Boulder.



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Review Date
February 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: dhouston ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Downieville, South Yuba, Bullards.



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