Downie River Trail is a very difficult 4 mile trail at an elevation of 3,000 feet. This trail follows above the Downie River through old growth trees and is quite scenic.
This route is used by miners to access their claims. You will notice many mining operations. All associated mining equipment and dwellings are private property so please be courteous and do no remove or disturb such items of structures.
In approximately 3 miles, the four wheel-drive route ends and becomes a single track. The continuation of this trail is the Rattlesnake Creek Trail. Four wheel-drive vehicles must be parked here. Motorcyclists and hikers can continue on the single track for approximately another 4 miles where the trail ends. Eventually the Forest Service hopes to continue the trail to the Craycroft Ridge OHV trail.
Directions: From Downieville, On upper Main Street, proceed through the town. In approximately 0.5 miles veer left onto Gold Bluff Road. Proceed for approximately 0.4 miles then turn left onto Sailor Ravine Road, this is the start of the Downie River OHV trail. High clearance, four wheel-drive vehicles are recommended beyond this point.
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