hiking

trail running

lake

views

no dogs

forest

kid friendly

Plumas-Eureka State Park was established in 1959, and provides visitors with a glimpse into a fascinating period of California history, as well as opportunities for quiet recreation in a beautiful high Sierra mountain setting. The focal point of the park is the museum building and historic area surrounding it. Originally constructed as the miner's bunkhouse, the museum now serves as a visitor center. Inside, displays depict the natural and cultural history of the park. Outside and across the street from the museum is the historic mining area, where the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stable, mine office, Moriarity House (historic miners residence) and the blacksmith shop depict life in gold rush-era California. During the summer, tours of the buildings and blacksmithing demonstrations are conducted by docents and park staff. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, nature study and hiking within the park. Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees.

The view is dope

hiking
1 month ago

great hike but the main road is currently closed due to excavation (see pic). I drove up the road to the museum and down to Jamison Campground. Head towards the back, you'll hear the river, and near site 53 is a bridge that will take you to a smaller bridge and you'll end up at Jamison Mine and the trailhead. You will immediately begin a rocky climb and numerous rock steps. it was icy in the campground and small sections here. spotty snow along the trail to Grass Lake and Little Jamison Falls. there is snow melt and a 30 yard section with an inch or two of running water along the lake. it opens up to a short sections a large trees then a snow field and up again through switchbacks, snow from 4-9" and to a rock cliff section overlooking Jamison Lake. there were quite a few footprints until the last section. I saw one young trailrunner and then a fit older couple trail running midway and had the trail to myself the rest of the time. Happy hiking!!

I am not sure why this is rated MODERATE. It’s a straightforward walk around a large pond. I’d probably rate it higher as a short trail run because the paths are well defined and unobstructed. It’s not a trail I will walk again but this is my perspective as a landscape and wildlife photographer.

Wonderful little trail. The trail work being done on it is really great! They are not done, yet, but we were so impressed with what they have done. We did this just before sunset (gate is closed at sunset) and it was super peaceful. The lake was pretty in the evening light.

We really enjoyed this hike with our three children (ages 11, 9 & 9). It was moderate, but challenging for the family. The prize at the top is worth it. Agree with another reviewer that the loop is not well marked at the top so it was an out and back for us, too.

5 months ago

Gorgeous and not too crowded over Labor Day weekend. Sleeping at Rock lake was astounding!

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hiking
5 months ago

I would not rate this a moderate trail. Majority of trail is uphill on loose rocks and there are several series of bolder steps with a twelve to eighteen inch vertical step. Thank heavens the water was so refreshing once we made it to Smith lake for a quick dip.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of our favorite hikes in the area. If I could, I'd give it 6 stars. It has a little bit of everything - lakes, meadows, forests, rocky outcroppings, a waterfall, gentle creek crossings etc. You do pay for it with a fairly steep stretch at the start of the trail but it's well worth the climb. Pack a lunch or snack to enjoy on a rock at Jamison Lake and make this trek, you won't regret it.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely time on our first family hike!! Kids did great and it didn't take long to have the reward of the beautiful falls.

6 months ago

This is a great moderate hike. Fantastic views. Great variety of terrain. Most of the elevation change seems to occur almost immediately off the parking lot. Little Jamison Falls was beautiful.

backpacking
7 months ago

Easy trail to navigate. Good signage. Little Jamison Falls are just off the trail and a nice view. Currently, the road to the trailhead had a washout and is closed...so had to hike from main road which added approx 1.5 miles each direction. Only negative is there are not many tenting sites at this lake. Well worth the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike 7/5. It was perfect! Tiny patch of snow to walk across. Just enough to be able to say I hiked through snow. No one was at the lake for about 20 minutes when I got there. Had it all too myself and enjoyed every minute.

This is the most similar recording to the actual hike that I did, which I started up the Mt Elwell trail on the North flank starting at Smith Lake, and, then back down to the Gray Eagle Lodge on the Long Lake Trail. But, because of the late snow this year, it was very hard going up; I lost my trail and hiked on deep, steep snow for 3/4 of a mile.

backpacking
7 months ago

Spent four nights and three days along the Jamison trail. There is no snow to any trails to Grass, Smith, Wade, Rock or Jamison lake. There is quite a bit of streams flowing in the trails. Also a couple of water crossings to the other side of Grass lake and up to Rock/Jamison lake where waters shoes should be worn. Incredibly views, very full lakes. Amazing couple of days. Lots of fish jumping in the lakes so bring your poles.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views. Tiny bit of snow at the very top, but people were camping there. Be prepared for water crossings with poles and good shoes.

backpacking
8 months ago

Wendi, is the snow cleared enough to camp at the lakes now?

hiking
8 months ago

Went 3 weekends in a row starting with the last two in May. Third time was the charm as the other 2 times there was so much snow the trail was pretty much gone past grass lake. Let's just say the first two trips are stories I'll tell for the rest of my life. This last Sunday 6.4.17 we encountered a smaller black bear in the meadow on the service road heading out for the day. It was far enough way not to feel threatened by us but is a good reminder that they're out and about.

This is a top five favorite for me! Very magical hike no doubt!

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