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Spencer -> Lavezzola Shuttle


An epic shuttle route from Packer Saddle.

Mountain Biking Severe

41 km
938 m
2.2 km
2-3 hrs
Low Point
883 m
High Point
2.3 km
Spencer -> Lavezzola Shuttle Map

Spencer to Lavezzola is one of the most remote and least-ridden shuttle routes off of Packer Saddle. If you’re truly looking for something different, this is it!


The ride begins by traversing the spine of the Sierras range along the Gold Valley Rim Trail. This trail alone is worth the price of admission. While the Downieville Classic drops straight down the mountain from the top of the pass, Gold Valley Rim offers up unbelievably gorgeous ridgetop singletrack. From this flowy trail, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Sierra Buttes formation high above and the Lakes Basin area far below you.

From here, the route follows as series of OHV trails to work its way over to Spencer Creek. Expect a few steep climbs on the way.

Spencer Creek itself is "a barely cut-in singletrack that is overgrown in spots and too rocky and steep in spots to ride down, but utterly beautiful and primitive,” according to Kurt Gensheimer on MTBR.com.

If you make it through Spencer Creek, you’ll get to absolutely rip down the Lavezzola Creek Trail! This 10-mile descent drops all the way down the mountain, connecting to a series of roads and eventually delivering you back to downtown Downieville.

Sources: MTBR.com.



Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between July and October


  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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