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They're calling this area the "Lost Sierra" now, as a catchy marketing term, but since it has been popular for over 2 decades with hikers, mountain bikers, campers, and tourists, it's hardly considered lost, unknown or secluded. This town attracts thousands each year, mostly in the summer months. Fishing, kayaking, swimming holes.

Downieville California is also considered the Mountain Bike Capital of Sierra Nevada mountains. Mountain bikers flocking to this region for the great trails & the races. Gorgeous historical village with red brick buildings & bridges. With granite scenery like Lakes Basin & the Sierra Buttes, this place is a great weekend getaway for the active travelers. Rafting, kayaking, fishing, biking, it's all here. Plenty camping along the river or in Gold Lake region. Cabin rentals all over.
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elevation: 2800' population: 325 zip code: 95936


pine tree & oak lined mountain canyon along deep river gorge

Sierra County
near Sierra Buttes
on Historic Hwy.49



  • Backpacking
  • Bike Riding & Rentals
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Gold Country
  • River Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Rafting
  • Snow Skiing - Plumas Eureka
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area
  • Sierra Buttes
  • Kentucky Mine Museum
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • Malakoff Diggins State Park
  • Yuba River State Park
  • Yuba River
  • Pauley Creek
  • Upper Yuba River
  • Yuba North Fork
  • Downieville Museum
  • downieville campgrounds

    Rocky Rest Campground
    Ramshorn Camping Yuba River
    Fiddle Creek Camping Gold Co
    Indian Valley Campground
    Wild Plum Campground
    Cal-ida Gold Country Camping
    Malakoff Diggins State Park
    Lakes Basin Camping
    Union Flat Campground - North Yuba River
    Snag Lake

    tent camping

    Inside the Tahoe National Forest this small historic river front town is situated right on top of the North Yuba where another major creek merges in. Lotsa mining history & old buildings. Great fishing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, & sightseeing.

    nearby towns:
    Sierra City
    Gold Lake
    Nevada City
    North San Juan
    local links:

    Downieville Chamber of Commerce
    132 Main St. Downieville CA 95936

    Yuba Theatre
    Downieville Outfitters - Bike Shuttles
    Willoughby's on the River
    Downieville Classic Mtn Bike Race
    Sierra Butte Trails
    Gold Lake

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