Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2000 09:32:58 -0700
From: Berry T Stevens <bt3mtbiker@earthlink.net>
Subject: Downieville Y2K+1
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Friends,

Greg Williams (former Coyote, now Yuba Exp) had told me of the Lavazzola Trail which drops from the A tree, up on the ridge line above Plumas Eureka State Park. Alternative option: Shuttle (or ride for the hardcores) to Packer Saddle ($15) and ride North along the ridge line to the A tree. There are a couple of ways to do this, but the easiest and most direct route involves riding on the PCT for a mile or two because there is no other trail near the ridge line in one area. This route would be 11 miles with ~1000' cum gain. Obvious downside: the PCT is illegal for bikes, upside: one fantastic, epic ride, pin the needle on both the fun and scenery scales. There are alternative routes in the area that would involve dropping off the ridge line and then climbing back up, they would add a mile or two and 1000' to 1500' of gain. It's probable that some of the climbs would be hike a bikes; I rode some of the segments years ago as downhills. I will contact both Greg Williams as well as Bill Haire, Forest Service honcho, to inquire about riding the PCT in light of there being no other practical option for that one segment.

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