Recreation

Backcountry Discovery Trail

The view from the top of Little Volcano, elevation 5801 feet.

The Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail (BDT) invites exploration of the remote areas of the Plumas National Forest. You can expect rough road conditions on gravel and dirt roads and a slow pace of travel, maybe only 30-50 miles a day. Be prepared for downed trees or rocks on the road, rough and rocky surfaces, and brush encroaching on the road-way. Much of the route is under snow in the winter and early spring. There are no restaurants, grocery stores, or gas stations along the main route and cell phone coverage is intermittent. Then on-paved roads are currently maintained for travel by sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-clearance vehicles.

This guide book describes the various routes and makes some recommendations on what types of vehicles canuse them. Alternate routes, which are best traveled in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, are high lighted as well.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Antelope Lake / Taylor Lake Trail Open to Visitor Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Antelope Lake Nature Trail Open to Visitor Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Antelope Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.   
Bachs Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Bear Cub Trail   
Bear Lakes Loop Trail Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Snow is melting quickly. Expect a sequence of conditions as on-trail snowpack melts. Snow drifts will prevent locating the trail below. Expect wet conditions into early June. Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Beckwourth Ranger District Open to Visitor Beckwourth Ranger Disrict is open for use, but restrictions apply to the area as a whole and to individual sites. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this area at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
Berry Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Big Cove Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Big Cove Overflow Closed to Visitor This campground is ready to open as needed. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Black Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor As of March 3, 2021 this site will remain closed for the 2021 season. This is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is a safety concern related to insufficient staffing to ensure proper disinfection of the facility between guest. 
Boulder Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021.  Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Brady's Camp Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Bucks Creek Loop Trail Open to Visitor
Bucks Lake Area Grizzly Forebay Trail Open to Visitor
Bucks Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor As of May 4, 2021,Bucks Lake Recreation area still has Snow Play at higher elevations.
  • Campgrounds are urrently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Check for Alerts & Notices
Bucks Lake Wilderness Open to Visitor
Bucks Lake Wilderness Granite Gap Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bucks Lake Wilderness Mill Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor Mill Creek Trail is without snow.  Snow can be found at higher elevations.
Bucks Lake Wilderness Three Lakes PCT Tie Open to Visitor The road to Three Lakes PCT Tie-in is closed but the trail can still be accessed from the PCT.
Bucks Lake Wilderness Three Lakes Trail Open to Visitor The road to Three Lakes Trail is closed but the trail can still be accessed from the PCT.
Butterfly Valley Botanical Area Open to Visitor Logging operations continue on the Butterfly East fuels reduction project will begin in April of 2020.  Heavy truck traffic will be using NFS Road 25N12 (Blackhawk Road) for the duration of this project.  Visitors to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area should use an alternate route. The best access at this time is along Plumas County Road 417, also known as the Butterfly-Twain Road.  
Camp 5 Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor This launch facility is open. The loading dock will be placed soon. Water levels remain low, use caution while launching and boating. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.

Cascade Trail Open to Visitor
Chilcoot Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Cleghorn Bar Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. The campground will  be closed until March 10, 2023. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. 
Cold Stream Trail Open to Visitor Trail is open.  For travel: hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season. Please see complete list of restrictions for this area Notices & Alerts
Conklin Park Campground Closed to Visitor As of March 16, 2021 this campground is closed. It will be open from May 21, 2021 through September 6, 2021  Alwayscheck for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Cottonwood Springs Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Crocker Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Crocker Guard Station Open to Visitor This rental facility is open by reservation only.  Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Deanes Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed with an opening date of 5/21/2021.
Deer Trail Open to Visitor
Feather Falls National Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. The campground will  be closed until March 10, 2023. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. 
Feather Falls Trailhead Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. The campground will  be closed until March 10, 2023. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. . 
Feather River Canyon Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Feather River Ranger District Open to Visitor As of December 11, 2020, parts of the Feather River Ranger District remain closed due to hazardous conditions as a result of wildfires. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.  
Flume Trail Open to Visitor
Frenchman Boat Launch Facility and Day Use Area Open to Visitor As of April 30, 2021, the boat ramp is open. The loading dock is expected to be placed by soon. Always check for alerts and notices at: htps://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
Frenchman Recreation Area Open to Visitor Frenchman Recreation Area is open for use, but restrictions apply to the area as a whole and to individual sites. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this area at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
 
Gansner Bar Campground Open to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 
Gold Lake Campground Closed to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Opening of this campground has been pushed back until Friday May 21st. The delay is a result of limited access to mitigate hazardous trees and other safety issues. Reservation holders impacted by this delay will be refunded. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Gold Lake in Lakes Basin Open to Visitor As of April 26, 2021, Plumas County has opened Gold Lake Highway. Remaining snowpack is blocking access to recreation facilities. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Goose Lake Campground Closed to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Opening of this campground has been pushed back until Friday May 21st. The delay is a result of limited access to mitigate hazardous trees and other safety issues. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Grasshopper Flat Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Gray Eagle Creek Trail Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Plumas County has opened Gold Lake Highway. Expect wet conditions and snow drifts into late May along Smith Creek portions of the loop.  Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Greenville Campground Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Check for Alerts & Notices
Grizzly Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Grizzly Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777  This site is closed for the season.
Grizzly Forebay Gauging Station Trail Open to Visitor
Hallsted Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Haven Lake Campground Closed to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Opening of this campground has been pushed back until Friday May 21st. The delay is a result of limited access to mitigate hazardous trees and other safety issues. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Honker Cove Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor This launch facility is open. Water levels are low. Boaters should use caution while launching and boating. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Hutchins Group Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Indian Springs Trail Open to Visitor
Indian Valley Area Open to Visitor
Jamison Creek Trail Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Plumas County has opened Gold Lake Highway. Both the Jamison Mine Trailhead in Plumas Eureka State Park and the Smith Lake Trailhead are open. Expect deep snowdrifts on the trail preventing location of the trail beneath. Be aware of the dangers of crossing snow bridges over water and other safety issues. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Lake Davis Dam Picnic Area Open to Visitor This day use area is open and is a fee area. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Lake Davis Recreation Area Open to Visitor This area is open for use, but restrictions apply to the area as a whole and to individual sites. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this area at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
 
Lake Davis Trail Open to Visitor This trail is open with with patchy snow drifts. elevated walkways are slippery. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Lakes Basin Campground Closed to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Opening of this campground has been pushed back until Friday May 21st. The delay is a result of limited access to mitigate hazardous trees and other safety issues. Reservation holders impacted by this delay will be refunded. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Lakes Basin Group Campground Closed to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Opening of this campground has been pushed back until Friday May 21st. The delay is a result of limited access to mitigate hazardous trees and other safety issues. Reservation holders impacted by this delay will be refunded. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Lakes Basin Recreation Area Open to Visitor This area is open for use, but restrictions apply to the area as a whole and to individual sites. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this area at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
 
Lightning Tree Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor This launch facility is open. The loading dock will be placed soon. Water levels are low. Boaters should use caution while launching and boating. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Lightning Tree Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Little Beaver Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 202, the Quincy-La Porte Road remains closed by Plumas County. This campground is expected to open on June 14, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area Open to Visitor As of January 6, 2021, Plumas County has closed the Quincy - La Porte Road opening the area for over 80 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that includes the Little Grass Valley Recreation Area. A Regional Order has closed all developed campgrounds due to state and local restrictions. A Forest Closure has closed areas near the dam due to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Always check for Alerts & Notices
Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Long Lake Trail Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Snow is melting quickly. Expect a sequence of conditions as on-trail snowpack melts. Snow drifts will prevent locating the trail below. Expect wet conditions into early June. Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Long Point Campground Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Check for Alerts & Notices
Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Long Point Group Campground (25 people per site) Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Always check for Alerts & Notices
Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Lost Cabin Springs Trail Open to Visitor
Lost Cove Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Always check for Alerts & Notices
Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Lower Bucks Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Lunker Point Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor This launch facility is open. The loading dock will be placed soon. Water levels are low. Boaters should be aware of obstructions while launching and boating. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Mallard Cove Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor This launch facility is open. Use caution, water level is below the end of the launch ramp. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
McCarthy Bar Trail Open to Visitor
Meadow Camp Campground Closed to Visitor Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
Meadow View Equestrian Campground    As of January 4, 2021 winter weather patterns are forecast for the Northern Sierra and Cascades. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices 
Middle Creek Trail Open to Visitor Hazards may exist along the Antelope Lake Road between Genesee and the lake. Visitors should use caution due to log truck traffic and the potential for rocks, soil, and trees on the roadway. Alternate routes are available in the dry season.
Middle Fork Trails-Access from Bucks Lake Road Open to Visitor
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 
Milsap Bar Campground Closed to Visitor As of December 11, 2020, this campground remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Monument Peak Trail Open to Visitor
Mt. Elwell Trail and Loop Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Snow is melting quickly. Expect a sequence of conditions as on-trail snowpack melts. Snow drifts will prevent locating the trail below. Expect wet conditions into early June. Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Mt. Hough Ranger District Open to Visitor
Mt. Hough Trail Open to Visitor
No Ear Bar Trail Open to Visitor
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777  This site is currently closed for the season with plans for opening date of 4/23/2021.
Oddie Bar Trail Open to Visitor
Other Mt. Hough Campgrounds   
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)   
Peninsula Tent Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 202, the Quincy-La Porte Road remains closed by Plumas County. This campground is expected to open on June 14, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Peter's Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Queen Lily Campground Open to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777  This site is currently closed for the season with plans for opening date of 4/23/2021.
Red Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this site at Notice & Alerts
Red Feather Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 202, the Quincy-La Porte Road remains closed by Plumas County. This campground is expected to open on June 14, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.  
Ridge Trail Open to Visitor
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed for the season with  plans for opening date of 5/21/2021.
Round Lake Trail and Loop Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Snow is melting quickly. Expect a sequence of conditions as on-trail snowpack melts. Snow drifts will prevent locating the trail below. Expect wet conditions into early June. Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Round Valley Lake Nature Trail Open to Visitor
Round Valley Reservoir Day Use Open to Visitor
Sandy Point Day Use Area and Boat Launch Closed to Visitor Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021.
Silver Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Check for Alerts & Notices
Silver Lake and Mud Lake Trails Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Gold Lake Highway is open. Snow is melting quickly. Expect a sequence of conditions as on-trail snowpack melts. Snow drifts will prevent locating the trail below. Expect wet conditions into early June. Users should be aware of safety issues associated with travel on snow including the danger of crossing snow bridges over water. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Sly Creek Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. The campground will  be closed until March 10, 2023. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. 
Smith Lake Trail Open to Visitor As of May 10, 2021, Plumas County has opened Gold Lake Highway. Expect patchy snow and wet conditions into early June. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Snake Lake Campground and Equestrian Camp Closed to Visitor
  • Currently closed with a scheduled opening date of 5/21/2021. 
  • For forest information please call Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555
  • Check for Alerts & Notices
 
Spanish Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Spanish Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Spanish Ridge Trail Open to Visitor
Spanish Traverse Open to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open with host, water and trash service. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Stag Point Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site remains closed due a Forest Closure Order in response to dangerous conditions related to recent wildfires. The campground will  be closed until March 10, 2023. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. 
Strawberry Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 2021, this recreation site is closed. The campground is expected to open on May 17, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. 
Sundew Campground Closed to Visitor Some sites at this campground are now reservable. To reserve a site please visit visit  recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777  This site is closed for the season.
Tooms RV Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 202, the Quincy-La Porte Road remains closed by Plumas County. This campground is expected to open on June 14, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Whitehorse Campground Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season.
Wyandotte Campground Closed to Visitor As of April 2, 202, the Quincy-La Porte Road remains closed by Plumas County. This campground is expected to open on June 14, 2021. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Yellow Creek Trail Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Butterfly Valley Botanical Area

Pitcher Plant Pods

Designated as a botanical area in 1976, the Butterfly Valley is named for its resemblance to a butterfly shape as seen from aerial photos.  Located 3.5 miles north of Quincy on Hw 70/89 off of Blackhawk Road, this area includes a Nature Study of 5 species of plants including the California Pitcher Plant, a rare and unusual insect eating plant that only grows in scattered boggy areas from southern Oregon down through northern California.  Peak blooming season is May through July.  There are also 4 other species of insectivorous plants; 12 species of orchids, 24 species of plants in the Lily family, 9 species of ferns, as well as poppy, buttercup, wild rose and lady slipper. 

Indian Valley Area

Campgrounds managed by Outdoors in Plumas   

Just north of Quincy in Plumas County, the Indian Valley includes fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping in the Plumas National Forest. This portion of Highway 89, just north of Quincy connects two major scenic highway routes. Plumas County's "Scenic Byway Link" travels through the quiet, historic communities of Canyon Dam, Greenville, Crescent Mills, and Taylorsville and is a connection between "Feather River National Scenic Byway" on Hwy 70, just north of Quincy and the “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway", which begins at the northern boundary of the Plumas National Forest. This route makes for great scenic driving throughout the year, but is widely known for its spectacular full fall splendor. Also located in the Indian Valley is the Round Valley Reservoir located three miles above Greenville, which is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill.   It’s a popular place for fishing and picnicking, and is nearby to the Greenville campground. The area is also great for bicycling.

Bucks Lake Wilderness Gold Lake Trailhead

Gold LakeTrailhead is located at the Silver Lake Campground.

Trail Length - 1.5 miles

Difficulty - Easy

Approximately hiking time - 30 minutes

Swimming and fishing at the lake.  Campsites are limited.  This trail accesses the Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Valley Creek Trail

This trail is closed due to fire hazards in the area. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this site at:  Notices & Alerts

 

The Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area contains one of the few remaining examples of Sierra Nevada mixed conifer old growth forest in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is located on the Plumas National Forest in southern Plumas County, at an elevation of 4500 to 5000 feet. Bob Cermak, a Forest Service District Ranger in the 1960s, recognized its unique beauty and ecological value, and began the process of designating it as a Special Interest Area. His vision was realized in 1961, when it was officially preserved. In 2011, a 2.5-mile hiking trail was completed, providing access for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The trail is gentle with a few moderately steep sections.

The old growth Douglas-fir and Sugar pine provide habitat for many local wildlife species, including the sensitive California spotted owl and Northern goshawk. They also provide dwellings for small mammals. Valley Creek, which runs through the Special Interest Area, has been recognized as habitat for the sensitive foothill yellow-legged frog and the Federally Threatened red-legged frog.

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

The Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District is home to a 32-mile segment of the internationally renowned Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This stretch of the PCT runs from Fowler Peak south to Gibsonville Road.

Frazier Falls Trail

This paved mile long accessible trail passes through glacially carved granite terraces to a spectacular viewpoint across the canyon from Frazier Falls. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers at the Lions Club for trail maintenance, repair and clean-up.

Bicycles are not allowed on this trail.

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Areas & Activities

Highlights

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Bring Home a Story

 



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