Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Colorful map of Cedar Creek trail, covenient for all users.

Start here for a three mile uphill hike to the upper trailhead.  The total elevation gain is 790 feet.  Much of the lower trail follows the old highway through the juniper forest zone.  Although juniper dominates the dry, south-facing slopes, you will enjoy willows, aspen and ponderosa pine too.  Be sure to pick up a free brochure for the interpretive sites at the lower trailhead and at the upper trailhead.  The upper trailhead is located at the Cedar Pass Ski Park.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site
Open Season: Open all year.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: June-July
Restrictions: When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle. Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.
Closest Towns: Cedarville, 3.5 miles, Alturas, 21 miles.
Water: Drinking water is located at the upper trailhead
Restroom: Restroom facilities are located at the upper trailhead
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Warner Mountain Ranger District

General Information


From Alturas go north 5 miles on US Hwy 395 to Hwy 299. Turn east on Hwy 299 toward Cedarville and go approximately 16 miles to the sign for the trailhead. The parking area is on the highway 3 miles east of the ski hill.

Recreation Map

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Interpretive Site Brochures located at each trailhead explains the area along this trail. Look for the numbered sites along the trail.
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