Pacific Valley Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Pacific Valley Trailhead trailhead provides access to the Bull Run Creek Trail (19E43), the Milk Ranch Meadow Trail (20E01), and the Mosquito Lakes to Pacific Valley Trail/MCCT (Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail).

The Bull Run Creek Trail passes by the east side of Bull Run Peak and continues to the northeast end of Spicer Reservoir. The Milk Ranch Meadow Trail passes through Marshall Canyon and continues to the Tryon Meadow Trailhead near Highland Lakes. The Weiser Creek Trail (19E41) branches off from the Milk Ranch Meadow Trail and leads to the Highland Creek Trail (20E04) at Hiram Meadow. Zoom out and pan the map below to view these trails.

Elevation: 7559 feet.
Lat/Long: 38.5161, -119.9026

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Online wilderness permits are available. Obtain a free online wilderness permit.
Permit Info: A wilderness permit is required for overnight visits to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer, early Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the west, Markleeville to the east
Water: In summer season at Pacific Valley Campground
Restroom: In summer season at Pacific Valley Campground
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From the Calaveras Ranger District, head east on Highway 4 for approximately 41 miles to the Pacific Valley turnoff (on the right); continue on this road for half a mile to the loop at the end (and the last of the developed campsites). From here a 4x4 road starts and continues 1.5 miles to the intersection of the Bull Run Creek Trail and Trail 20E01 (Marshall Canyon). If you have a four wheel drive high-clearance vehicle, you may drive the road and park at the end. This is a very rough road, not all wheel drive accessible. There is very little parking space. If you do not have a four wheel drive high-clearance vehicle, park at the loop and hike the 4x4 road.

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