Bucks Lake Wilderness

Area Status: Open

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.


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.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should always check for additional information at  Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website
Permit Info: No permit required for wilderness area, but please register at the trailheads.  Campfire permits are required when campfires are allowed.
Restrictions: No bicycles and motorized bikes in the wilderness area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
Permit: Wilderness permits are not required to enter the wilderness, but we do ask you to sign in at each trailhead you are hiking. Campfire permits are requires when campfires are permitted.
Usage: HEADS UP! Thunderstorms are common in the mountains.  When there is  lightning, avoid open areas, stay away from isolated trees, and always remove metal frame backpacks and metal tent poles. Hypothermia is the rapid loss of body heat caused by fatigue, wetness, and exposure to wind.  Be prepared with extra clothing, food and water. Dehydration is a condition where fluids and electrolytes are lost.  This may happen with strenuous activity.  To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol. Cattle Grazing Expect to see cattle in the wilderness area from August 1 through September 30.  The wilderness has been used for domestic livestock since the early 1900's.  The California Wilderness Act of 1984 allows cattle grazing to continue as practiced before the Act. For more detailed information, Bucks Lake Wilderness maps may be purchased at any Plumas National Forest Office. For more information contact the Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

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