Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead

Area Status: 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: 6/10/2022: Open
Operational Hours: Day Use - Sunrise to Sunset
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site
Open Season: Open all year.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: June-July
Restrictions: When parking 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: No
Restroom: No
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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

This is one of several trails shared by hikers, equestrian units and mountain bikers.

Day Hiking

For a more challenging and strenuous day hike, start at the lower trailhead and hike the 3 miles uphill to the ski area.  For a more leisurely walk, start at the upper trailhead and end at the lower.  There are many nice spots for lunch along the way.  A free brochure describes the numbered stops.

Fire Information Campfires are not permitted anywhere along this trail.

Horse Riding

Horses share this trail with mountain bikes and hikers.  Bicyclists and hikers should yield to horses.  Step 8 feet off the trail on the downhill side and speak quietly as the horses pass.


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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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