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A RV at a campground in the Feather River Canyon on the Plumas NF

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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
Accessing Rangeland Open Rangeland is open with muddy spring conditions. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Antelope Lake / Taylor Lake Trail Open This trail has recently been impacted by wildfires.  Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Antelope Lake Nature Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Antelope Lake Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bachs Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bear Cub Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bear Lakes Loop Trail Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Beckwourth Ranger District Open Recreation sites are beginning to open for the 2022 season. See individual sites for details. Be prepared for changing conditions, muddy trails and some remaining snowpack. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Berry Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Big Cove Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Big Cove Overflow None Campground is available when all area campgrounds are full.  Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Black Mountain Lookout Closed Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Boulder Creek Campground Open Open. Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Brady's Camp Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bucks Creek Loop Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bucks Lake Area Grizzly Forebay Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website
Bucks Lake Grizzly Forebay Gauging Station Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bucks Lake Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Bucks Lake Wilderness Open Visitors should always check for additional information at  Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website
Butterfly Valley Botanical Area Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Butterfly Valley Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Camp 5 Boat Launch Facility Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.

Cascade Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Chambers Creek Trail Open The bridge on Chambers Creek trail has been heavily damaged by fire.  While the trail is accessible to visitors, the bridge cannot be crossed. Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Chilcoot Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Cleghorn Bar Closed Recreation site is closed due to fire damage per Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-22-01 through March 29, 2024, unless can be lifted earlier. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Cold Stream Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Conklin Park Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Cottonwood Springs Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Crocker Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Crocker Guard Station Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Deanes Valley Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Deer Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Feather Falls National Recreation Trail Closed Recreation site is closed due to fire damage per Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-22-01 through March 29, 2024, unless can be lifted earlier. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Feather Falls Trailhead Campground Closed Recreation site is closed due to fire damage per Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-22-01 through March 29, 2024, unless can be lifted earlier. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Feather River Canyon Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Feather River Ranger District Open Recreation sites are beginning to open for the 2022 season. See individual sites for details. Be prepared for changing conditions. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Fireline Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Flume Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Frazier Falls Trail Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Frenchman Boat Launch Facility and Day Use Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Frenchman Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
 
Gansner Bar Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Gold Lake Campground Closed Open May 27. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Gold Lake Staging Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Gold Lake in Lakes Basin Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Goose Lake Campground Closed Open May 27. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Granite Gap Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website
Grasshopper Flat Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Gray Eagle Creek Trail Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Greenville Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Grizzly Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Grizzly Creek Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Hallsted Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Haven Lake Campground Closed Open May 27. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Honker Cove Boat Launch Facility Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Honker Cove Overflow None This campground is available when all area campgrounds are full.   Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Hutchins Group Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Indian Springs Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Indian Valley Area Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Jamison Creek Trail Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lake Davis Dam Picnic Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lake Davis Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
 
Lake Davis Trail Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lakes Basin Campground Closed Open May 27. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website. 
Lakes Basin Group Campground Closed Open May 27. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lakes Basin Recreation Area Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
 
Lightning Tree Boat Launch Facility Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lightning Tree Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Little Beaver Campground Closed Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area Open All day use recreation sites remain open.  Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lone Rock Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Long Lake Trail Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Long Point Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Long Point Group Campground (25 people per site) Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lost Cabin Springs Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lost Cove Boat Ramp Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lower Bucks Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Lunker Point Boat Launch Facility Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mallard Cove Boat Launch Facility Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
McCarthy Bar Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Meadow Camp Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Meadow View Equestrian Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Middle Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Middle Fork Trails - Access from La Porte Rd Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Middle Fork Trails-Access from Bucks Lake Road Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mill Creek Campground Open Vault toilets were damaged in the Dixie Fire, so this campground is outfitted with porta-potties.  Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mill Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at .Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website
Milsap Bar Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Monument Peak Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mt. Elwell Trail and Loop Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mt. Hough Ranger District Open Recreation sites are beginning to open for the 2022 season. See individual sites for details. Be prepared for changing conditions, muddy trails and some remaining snowpack. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Mt. Hough Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
No Ear Bar Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
North Fork Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
North Fork Fishing Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Oddie Bar Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Open Detailed information is available at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Peninsula Tent Campground Closed Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Peter's Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at  Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Queen Lily Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Red Bridge Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Red Feather Campground Closed Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Ridge Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Rock Creek Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Round Lake Trail and Loop Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Round Valley Lake Nature Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Round Valley Reservoir Day Use Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.    
Sandy Point Day Use Area and Boat Launch Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Silver Lake Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Silver Lake and Mud Lake Trails Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Sly Creek Campground Closed Open May 22. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Smith Lake Trail Open May 2022 - Expect muddy conditions and some snow drifts. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Snake Lake Campground and Equestrian Camp Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Spanish Creek Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Spanish Creek Group Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Spanish Ridge Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Spanish Traverse Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Spring Creek Campground Open Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website. 
Stag Point Closed Recreation site is closed due to fire damage per Forest Closure Order 05-11-03-22-01 through March 29, 2024, unless can be lifted earlier. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Strawberry Campground Closed Open May 22. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Sundew Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Three Lakes PCT Tie Open This trail is open but inaccessible at this time.  Detailed information is available at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website. When open, the Three Lakes via the PCT is not currently recommended for horses. The Forest Service road leading to Three Lakes PCT tie-in is for 4WD vehicles only.
Three Lakes Trail Open This trail is open but inaccessible at this time.  Detailed information is available at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website. Currently, the Three Lakes trail via the PCT is not recommended for horses.   The Forest Service road leading to Three Lakes PCT tie-in is for 4WD vehicles only.
Tooms RV Campground Closed Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Whitehorse Campground Open Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Wyandotte Campground Closed Open May 22. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Yellow Creek Trail Open Visitors should always check for additional information at Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.

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

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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.

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.

Gold Lake Staging Area

This is the Plumas National Forest facility for accessing the Lakes Basin snowmobile trail system. The location includes a large parking area for vehicles and trailers, two vault toilets and seasonal access to groomed snowmobile trails. During heavy snow the parking area is plowed by Plumas County. This is not a snow park and does not offer play areas for families. A comprehensive brochure of the snowmobile trails system is available at  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5129881.pdf

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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.

This is an accessible trail for foot traffic and accessible vehicles such as wheelchairs and scooter only. Bicycles and all motorized vehicles are not allowed.

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Recreation Areas

Highlights