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High Sierra Camp Mountain Biking

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Camp Type: Sleep away camp, 1 to 2 weeks

Location: Sierra Buttes, CA (near Downieville)

All ages and experience levels

The first week is dedicated to getting your legs. You'll learn mountain bike riding techniques for a variety of conditions, from dirt roads to steep single track, from sandy conditions to rocky and technical courses. You'll also learn trail etiquette, how ride with respect for nature and other people. And you'll learn some basic maintenance and emergency repair. But let's not forget the riding! You'll start out with easy trails so you can get used to the altitude and the bike, and we get a chance to see how you do. You'll then progress to intermediate trails, which are longer, steeper, and may have some short uphill stretches.

The second week we ride, and ride, and ride! We'll have the choice of many of the epics, including Butcher Creek Trail (used for the famous Downieville Downhill Classic race), Pauly Creek, Mills Peak, and Stampede Reservoir. These are longer trails, up to 14 miles (22 kilometers) of mostly single-track, and some with descents of up to 4,000 feet (1400 meters)! You'll see amazing country and be treated to one of the best swimming holes we know of, complete with its own natural waterfall slide!

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