Sugar Pine Lake is a 14.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Weaverville: The Weaverville Ranger District office is located along Main Street in Weaverville, California. Maps and information available.
The day we hiked this, I rated it as the Best Smelling trail, cuz of a lovely aroma emanating from an unknown source in a few places! Anyhow, it's sort of strenuous the first few miles, til you reach Cabin Flat, then the trail went through some meadows. If you cross the outlet to the lake & follow it around, there's a nice area of rock good for taking a break at, & next to a little waterfall.
While hiking this trail, I designated it the best smelling trail! There were several places where something was exuding a wonderful aroma, I wish I knew what it was! The trail starts through forest of oak & madrone, then pine & cedar dominate. There's a stretch where huge boulders are scattered everywhere. It's steep to Cabin Flat, then it mellows out & goes through meadows before reaching the lake. There's a pretty waterfall at the far end of the lake with a big rocky shelf. There are a few more waterfalls upstream (off-trail & early season, at least).