A snowy winter mountain adventure in Plumas County

Four Seasons
of Adventure

Photo by Eddy Mutch

Your Adventure Awaits

Nestled at the sweet spot where the Sierra Nevada meet the Cascade Mountains, Plumas County offers four seasons of outdoor adventure. From adrenaline-fueled experiences to lazy mornings at a cozy B&B to family fun around the campfire, Plumas is the perfect vacation spot to escape the crowds, relax and recharge.

Places to Visit

Hundreds of lakes and endless miles of backcountry trails, rivers and roads offer unparalleled access to nature. The incredible natural beauty of Plumas County—towering pines and firs, rugged mountains, crystalline lakes, and verdant, sprawling valleys—beckons you to ditch your daily routine and step into another world.

Outdoor Activities

From floating down a river, to catching sunrise while bird watching, to shredding in the backcountry, countless adventures are calling your name. The only hard part is having to decide what to do.

Places to Stay

Find the perfect option that fits all your needs

map of northern california with plumas county highlighted

Getting here is easy

Whether you come for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, escaping from it all is a lot closer than you think. Plumas County is the perfect place to effortlessly explore the natural beauty of Northern California.

City

Chico
Reno
Sacramento
San Francisco
South Lake Tahoe

Distance

1.5 hours
2 hours
2.5 hours
4.5 hours
2.5 hours

Trip Inspiration

Explore some of the best Plumas County has to offer without doing any of the planning

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Winter Weekend Ideas in Northern California

Winter in Plumas County is quiet and magical. The region offers everything from cozy cabins and backcountry skiing to family activities like Christmas tree cutting and holiday events. Beat the crowds at Tahoe and other popular winter destinations for your own serene and charming Lost Sierra seasonal adventure.
A backcountry skier climbing Mt Lassen in Northern California
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Summer Vacation Ideas in Northern California

Plumas County is a summer wonderland of outdoor activities with over a hundred lakes, music festivals, world-class hiking, and mountain town events. Plan your perfect summer vacation high in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.
arrowleaf balsamroot in Northern California
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Spring Weekend Trip Ideas in Northern California

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Plumas County– the valleys are verdant, rivers are rushing, and snow is still on the high mountains. Spring weather is perfect for activities like hiking, birding, wildflower watching, kayaking, and more.
Clouds and reflections on Manzanita Lake
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The Best Lakes in Northern California

With over 100 lakes to choose from, Plumas County offers visitors an opportunity to soak up some of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California. Whether you’re looking to enjoy water sports with a group or relax and unplug on a solo adventure, the diversity of our lakes offers something for everyone. We invite you to unplug and feel the magic of our mountain lakes and the vast forests that surround them.
canoes on lake with sunset
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Where to See Fall Colors in Northern California

In early October, the leaves in Plumas County begin transforming to create stunning natural beauty. From creek beds to mountaintops, vibrant leaves contrast brilliantly against the dark green pines and firs that dominate the landscape. We’ve pulled together the best routes that offer an abundance of color and adventure. Our fall foliage guide gets you off the beaten path and into the heart of Plumas County.
Fall foliage in Plumas County

Upcoming Events

From family-friendly events to live music to athletic activities, you’ll find an impressive variety of events year-round in Plumas County.

Chester
Chester Park
Willow Street off of Main Street

Hours: Fridays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 4:00 pm. Cost $5.00, including skate rental.

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Mineral
1:30 pm
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Snowshoe with a Lassen Park Ranger on the weekend! Snowshoe hikes begin promptly at 1:30 pm at the visitor center and are approximately two hours long.

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Blairsden-Graeagle
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl

Calling all skiers and the public to the World Championship Longboard Ski Race. Spend the day at the birthplace of downhill racing for a truly unique Plumas County experience.

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Quincy
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Plumas Co. Courthouse
520 Main Street

Join us at the Courthouse in Quincy for great fun, food, and friends! Pick your favorite chili, browse local vendors, and participate in one of our contests.

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Bucks Lake
12:00 am
Lakeshore Resort

Join the bucks Lake Snow Drifters annual Poker Run. Groomed Trails, BBQ, Poker Run, and Raffle Prize Driving

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Chester
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chester Park
Meadowbrook Loop off of Main Street

An afternoon of fun with ice carver, music, a toque contest and 15+ chilis to sample.

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Johnsville-Graeagle
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl

Calling all skiers and the public to the World Championship Longboard Ski Race. Spend the day at the birthplace of downhill racing for a truly unique Plumas County experience.

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