Alejandro Lugo, a Florida resident, had been sought since about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, when the sheriff’s office received a report that he had gone off the Pauley Creek/Butcher Ranch mountain bike trail east of Downieville.
Searchers from the Sierra and Nevada county sheriff’s offices and the Downieville and Sierra City fire departments were aided by a California Highway Patrol helicopter. A four-mile hike on the Third Divide and Butcher Ranch trails brought the rescue team to the accident site, near the confluence of Pauley and Butcher Ranch creeks.
Lugo was located around 3 a.m. but because of the steep terrain he could not be reached, and the effort was suspended for the night.
Around 6:30 a.m. Monday, a Blackhawk rescue helicopter from the naval air station in Fallon, Nevada, was brought in, as was a ropes team from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
At 9:30 a.m., rescuers were able to hoist Lugo to the helicopter. He was found to have died of his injuries.
The Sierra near Downieville and Sierra City is a popular destination for mountain bikers. Butcher Ranch is one of the region’s best-known biking trails, a fast and rocky single-track descent requiring substantial technical skill.
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