Bucks Lake Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

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