A hiking wonderland with verdant valleys, pristine forests and peaks panoramic views
Whether you want a leisurely stroll or a strenuous multi-day hike, hit Plumas County’s hiking trails to discover hundreds of lakes, thousands of miles of rivers, and millions of acres of forests. Meander through diverse, uncrowded landscapes to experience some of the best hiking in Northern California. Plumas County offers an extensive system of hiking trails, including over 90 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Where to Hike in Plumas County
The Almanor Basin offers abundant hiking opportunities for hikers of all skill levels. Venture into Lassen Volcanic National Park and the nearby Caribou Wilderness Area for a huge variety of trails. Or take the entire family to enjoy scenic views of Lake Almanor and the mountains on the 19 mile, paved Lake Almanor Recreation Trail.
South Central Plumas
Trails in the Feather River Canyon offer hiking opportunities year-round because of the canyon’s lower elevation. Find solitude in Bucks Lake Wilderness, nearly 24,000 acres of protected forest that doesn’t allow motorized vehicles.
North Central Plumas
Surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, Indian valley is dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle. Check out the family-friendly, self-guided nature walks including the Round Valley Lake Nature Walk near Greenville or the short hike to spectacular Indian Falls.
Lakes Basin Recreation Area near Graeagle has hundreds of great hiking trails, including a loop trail that leads past nine mountain lakes. Ambitious hikers can climb to the top of the Sierra Buttes, Mt. Elwell or Eureka Peak, while others may prefer a less strenuous stroll to Madora Lake, located within Plumas Eureka State Park.
Hiking Seasons in Plumas County
Plumas County’s beautiful shoulder seasons and long dry summers mean hiking can be enjoyed most months. Late spring is ideal for hikes along rushing creeks and rivers; on long summer days venture to cool mountain lakes, brisk fall day saunters are ideal to soak up the vibrant fall colors, and winter walks through the valleys and in the canyon are perfect times to hike in Plumas County. You really can’t go wrong any time of the year!
A magical landscape
Where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains meet has magnificent and varied geology, topography, hydrology, and ecology. Learn more from Friends of Plumas Wilderness about why Plumas County and the Feather River Watershed are such a beautiful place to choose for your next hiking adventure in Northern California!