I've been spending the last week vacationing in Plumas county, North of the tahoe/truckee area. My wife and I have been staying with her brother in law in Graegle. I've been to Downieville many times before and knew there was much more to ride in the area. Monday I decided to get the obligatory downieville ride in, was pleased to ride the new butcher ranch trail which chopped out some fire road. Upon finishing the ride I picked the brains of the folks at Yuba expeditions to find out what I should check out closer to Graegle. Mills peak trail was the first thing mentioned and I took that as a good sign. So Tuesday I decided to bribe my brother in law for a shuttle up gold lake highway to mills peak. A few miles of scenic alpine lake views and a few more miles do moss encrusted from trees and we reached the peak. Mills peak has a forest service lookout tower at the peak with a spectacular view of the valley. Once I geared up and dropped in I was treated to some sweet Sierra singletrack. More raw and natural than downieville, with rocky outcrops to launch off. There were many swoopy corners to roll. 9 miles and 2800 feet later I was at the bottom wondering how I can squeeze another run in. It's not perfect, there's some fire road even a hundred feet of climbing, but it's only adding character to the experience. I rode mills peak again this morning and attacked it with a little more confidence of what's around the bend. It was over too soon again and I'm leaving early tomorrow. It's going to be while until I get to ride this again but I'll be back. I'd like to thank the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship for all the hard work they pour into the trails here.