Special Places

Highlighted Areas

Black Mountain Lookout

Black Mountain Lookout is situated on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California. The lookout offers striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south. Four people can fit in the cabin.  Camping space is available outside.  Maximum occupancy for the site is eight visitors.

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Hartman Bar National Recreation Trail

Hartman Bar Trail has two entry points on either side of the Middle Fork of the Feather River drainage, and the trail descends down to a suspension bridge that crosses the river. The nation's record ponderosa pine tree can be found adjacent to this trail on the north rim. An undeveloped campsite is located on the south side of the river. A horse corral is located at each trailhead. This trail is not recommended for novice horse riders.

Hartman Bar North trailhead (approximate elevation 5,100') is located approximately 54 miles northeast of Oroville, California. The trail descends difficult but scenic terrain to the Middle Fork Feather River at 2,300' elevation over the course of 4.5 miles.

Hartman Bar South trailhead (approximate elevation 4,800') is located approximately 31 miles northeast of Feather Falls. The trail descends difficult but scenic terrain to the Middle Fork Feather River at 2,300' elevation over the course of 3.5 miles, ending at an undeveloped riverside camp. Please observe Leave No Trace principles and pack out all trash.


Valley Creek Trail

The Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area contains one of the few remaining examples of Sierra Nevada mixed conifer old growth forest in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is located on the Plumas National Forest in southern Plumas County, at an elevation of 4500 to 5000 feet. Bob Cermak, a Forest Service District Ranger in the 1960s, recognized its unique beauty and ecological value, and began the process of designating it as a Special Interest Area. His vision was realized in 1961, when it was officially preserved. In 2011, a 2.5-mile hiking trail was completed, providing access for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The trail is gentle with a few moderately steep sections.

The old growth Douglas-fir and Sugar pine provide habitat for many local wildlife species, including the sensitive California spotted owl and Northern goshawk. They also provide dwellings for small mammals. Valley Creek, which runs through the Special Interest Area, has been recognized as habitat for the sensitive foothill yellow-legged frog and the Federally Threatened red-legged frog.


Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

 The Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District is home to a 32-mile segment of the internationally renowned Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This stretch of the PCT runs from Fowler Peak south to Gibsonville Road.


Crocker Guard Station

Recently refurbished by volunteers so that it can be shared with our visitors, this rustic cabin sleeps 10. It's ideal for a family get together, weddings or special event. No water and no electricity make it a perfect location to get unplugged and relax.

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If your group needs more accomodations, the Crocker Campground is just a hoot and a holler away.


Little Grass Valley Recreation Area

The Feather River Ranger District manages 8 family campgrounds around Little Grass Valley Reservoir. There are approximately 323 camping units. Campsites in Red Feather, Running Deer, Little Beaver parts of Loop A & B and the southern half of Wyandotte, and Horse Camp may be reserved through www.recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777) All other campgrounds are available on a first-come, first server basis.

Each campground has piped water. Trailer sites are available, as well as walk-in tent campsites. Trailers of up to 40 feet can be accommodated in some of the camping units. No hookups are provided. There are 2 RV dump stations, one near Tooms Boat Launch, and one near Red Feather.  Facilities are usually open from Memorial Day to October.

Little Grass Valley Recreation Area offers opportunities for many more recreation experiences for visitors. Three boat launch ramps provide access to the water for fishing, water-skiing, sailing, or simply touring on boats. There is a wheel chair accessible fishing ramp by at the dam. Two swim beaches provide excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities. The Lakeshore Trail (13 miles) winds around the entire lake, open for horseback riding, mountain bike riding and hiking. Visitors may also enjoy watching wildlife, campfire programs, or exploring nearby historic gold mining towns.


Indian Valley Area

Just north of Quincy in Plumas County, the Indian Valley includes fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping in the Plumas National Forest. This portion of Highway 89, just north of Quincy connects two major scenic highway routes. Plumas County's "Scenic Byway Link" travels through the quiet, historic communities of Canyon Dam, Greenville, Crescent Mills, and Taylorsville and is a connection between "Feather River National Scenic Byway" on Hwy 70, just north of Quincy and the “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway", which begins at the northern boundary of the Plumas National Forest. This route makes for great scenic driving throughout the year, but is widely known for its spectacular full fall splendor. Also located in the Indian Valley is the Round Valley Reservoir located three miles above Greenville, which is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill and is the site of Plumas National Forest’s annual fishing derby. It’s a popular place for fishing and picnicking, and is nearby to the Greenville campground. The area is also great for bicycling.


Greenville Campground

Greenville CampgroundLocated in the Indian Valley, and 1 mile north of the town of Greenville, the Greenville Campground is approximately 9 miles from Lake Almanor on Hwy 89. Recently outfitted with new campfire rings as well as a new toilet facility, the site boasts 17 campsites, its own water system, picnic and barbeque areas. The campground adjoins the Greenville horseshoe pits that are well known for its tournaments throughout the summer months.

Operating under a special use permit from the Plumas National Forest, the campground is managed by Royal Elk Park Management.

Located near the outskirts of the historical town of Greenville, visitors have access to groceries, gas, fishing supplies, as well as local shops and eateries. Make plans to enjoy the Greenville Campground – at $20.00 a night, it’s a real bargain!


Bucks Lake Wilderness

California Wilderness Act

The Bucks Lake Wilderness was established by the California Wilderness Act of 1984.  The wilderness encompasses 21,000 acres, and is located near the northern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Topography

Elevations in the Bucks Lake Wilderness range from 2,000 ft. in the Feather River Canyon to 7,017 ft. at Spanish Peak.  The top of the escarpment which the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses unfolds a spectacular view of the forest to the east and north.  An impressive view of Mt. Lassen is visible on clear days.

The Bucks Lake Wilderness has a broad diversity of topography and vegetation.  Ground cover varies from brush fields to conifer stands, oaks and pure red fir stands.  Several small lakes are scattered across the eastern portion of the Wilderness.  Along the western slope are small meadows and quaking bogs hidden among the dense stands of red fir.

 


Feather Falls Trailhead Campground

Feather Falls Trailhead CampgroundFive developed units are available for overnight campgin on a first come, first-served basis. Each campsite is equipped with a table and a fire ring. Two bear-proof trash bins are available for use at the trailhead. If these bins are full, please pack out your trash. The Feather Falls area is bear habitat, and bears are attracted to trash and food. Please help keep yourself and your fellow campers safe, and store all food and dispose of all waste properly.

For more information on bear safety, please visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears


Lost Cove Boat Ramp

Boat Launch at Antelope Lake located approximately 2 1/2 miles SE of Boulder Creek Campground on Antelope Lake Rd. 

Site operated by Royal Elk Park Management


Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. About 75 miles extends across the Plumas National Forest, crossing two major canyons, (the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Feather River). Elevations range from 2400 to 7000 feet. Due to snow at the higher elevations it is usually mid-June before it is feasible to hike in this area. Whether you decide to only hike a short distance of the trail or tackle the entire 2,650 miles, you will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States.


Feather Falls National Recreation Trail

Don’t leave your camera behind! Feather Falls National Recreation Trail offers incredible views of Bald Rock Dome, Bald Rock Canyon, and the 640-foot Feather Falls.

There are two options to reach the overlook at Feather Falls.

At 1/3 mile past the trailhead, the trail diverges. For the more experienced hiker, take the steep 3.3 mile path to the west, which features about two miles of uphill grade.

The gently sloping 4.5 mile path to the east is ideal for the inexperienced hiker.

The two trails converge approximately 1/2 mile before reaching the Feather Falls observation deck.

Allow a minimum of four to five hours to hike the nine-mile loop. Take plenty of water. Restrooms and non-potable water are available at the trailhead near the parking area, but bring drinking water or a water purifier for the hike. Safety fences near Feather Falls are there for your protection; do not climb over them. The trail is located in a remote area; bring a first aid kit. Poison oak, ticks, bears, and other wildlife are common in the area; be aware and be prepared.