Downieville & Quincy Trail Grant

Grants to Fund Downieville and Quincy OHV Trails 

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) will be holding two public meetings for comment about our OHV Grant Proposals to fund Downieville and Mount Hough trail maintenance. This includes fan favorites such as the Downieville Downhill and Quincy’s Mount Hough.

The Sierra County meeting is at Yuba Expeditions in Downieville – Wed, Feb 15, 3-6pm. Address: 208 Main Street, Downieville, CA 95936

The Plumas County meeting is at the Mineral Building at Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy – Thurs, Feb 16, 3-6pm. Address: 204 Fairgrounds Rd, Quincy, CA 95971

We will be partnering with Plumas County and Plumas National Forest on two grant applications for Mount Hough; Ground Operations Grant for maintenance on existing trails and a Planning Grant for new trail connections within the Mount Hough Trail System (up to 18 miles of new single track).

We need your comments to support our grant requests now in motion for Downieville and Quincy/Mt Hough. Follow the instructions below and leave a comment saying why more  Lost Sierra trails matter to you! By providing your input, we have a greater chance of winning these grants to build and maintain more trails. Thank you for taking a few minutes to show your support!

How You Comment

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Click on “provide public comment click here”
  3. Under choose agency choose
    “Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship” for Downieville Trail System
    “Plumas County” for Mt Hough trail maintenance and planning project

What to Comment

Ideally it is best to convey why recreational trail improvement and growth is important to you. Providing personal accounts of using trails is always a good start. Here’s some suggested content:

“I support this project because trails support communities and healthy lifestyles. Without these projects, our trails would fall into disrepair and unsustainable. Additionally these projects create local employment opportunities, the ability for volunteers to get involved in giving back to our trails and growing economies through recreational opportunities. Thank you for making these grants available for these projects.”

You can use the same general content for commenting on all Downieville and Mt Hough/Quincy grant opportunities. Also feel free to reiterate and include what appeals to you based on the project descriptions below.

SBTS Downieville Ground Operations Project Goals

  • Perform trail maintenance on the Downieville Trail System OHV routes. Trails included in the proposal are classified as heavy-use in the Downieville Trail System.
  • Protect against watershed contamination and reduce erosion by constructing drainage and armoring trail tread. Trails are located in major watersheds: North Yuba River, Pauley Creek, Butcher Ranch Creek, Lavezzola Creek, Downie River, Rattlesnake Creek and Fiddle Creek.
  • Install proper signage throughout the Downieville Trail System. Directional and informational signs, made out of recycled materials, will be provided by Tahoe Forest and installed by SBTS.
  • Create employment by hiring a local, 2-3- person trail crew for a 10- month paid position
  • Trail Specifics: Will perform maintenance on 56.5 miles of OHV trails in the Downieville Trail System (DTS), specifically: Butcher Ranch (6.5 miles), Pauley Creek (2.6 miles), Big Boulder (3.2 miles), First pide (3.2 miles), Second pide (5.9 miles), Third pide (3.2 miles), Downie River/Rattlesnake Creek (8.4 miles), Halls Ranch (5.3 miles), Fiddle Creek (5.8 miles),  Chimney Rock(4.8 miles), Lavazzola Creek(5.1 miles) and Empire Creek(2.5 miles).

Plumas County Planning Project Goals

This grant would fund the necessary NEPA studies to add 18 miles of singletrack on Mt. Hough that would connect existing single track and 4×4 roads. It would also address the safety concern of users crossing the Union Pacific track at the base of Berry Creek and Mt Hough trail in Oakland Camp.

  1. Trail to Mount Hough look out tower
  2. Connect Indian Falls Ridge to existing Keddie Trail
  3. Connect two sections of Indian Falls Ridge Trail
  4. Create trail exit from the bottom of Mt Hough and Berry Creek that avoids users having to cross the Union Pacific Railroad track and reroutes to the base of the Mt Hough road
  5. Connect Keddie Trail to the base of Mt Hough
  6. Connect MT Hough to the existing stand alone Tollgate trail
  7. Connect existing stand alone Grizzly Ridge trail to Mt Hough system

Plumas County Ground Operations Project Goals

  • Maintain 59.39 miles of trails around Mount Hough, Snake Lake, and Claremont Peak
  • Create employment by hiring a local 4-5 person crew for 10 month paid position
  • Protect against watershed contamination and reduce erosion by constructing drainage and armoring trail tread.
  • Trail maintenance will follow USFS guidelines and minimize need for future maintenance