Explore the most popular trail running trails in Plumas-Eureka State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. Take the big bear loop clock wise great little lakes and beautiful scenery
To many Big rocks to hike over on the path after Mt Elwell around long lake
If we did this again would hike to and from on the big bear lake trail as a up and back we wouldn’t go around long lake the trail is horrible way to rocky and no scenery except at the lake other than the mountain of rock we hiked over it was a great hike

Beautiful trail, rocky on the way up but the waterfall was worth it for the 1st stop. grass lake and jamison lake were amazing. definitely will be doing this again and planning on backpacking it.

21 days ago

Perfect hike. Went with my wife and 9 year old daughter. Camped at Jamison lake, and hiked out. You really can not ask for a better hike to introduce kids to over night backpacking!

Did the loop in mid-August and was not disappointed. Amazing views around Long Lake and atop Mt Elwell. Worth a dip in the lake at the end! You are quite exposed throughout the hike so wear your sunscreen.

hiking
1 month ago

the trail is great! I question whether or not it is moderate, as another reviewer said, there's quite a bit of elevation gain heading up to the lake in the first mile and a half. the south side of the loop around the lake is currently not maintained as of August 2018 Period start to finish with a decent break at the lake I completed in about 3 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent family half-day hike:

Difficulty: Somewhat strenuous, steep at first, leveling off around Grass Lake. The views and varying terrain make the hike worth it.

The waterfall was full, to our surprise.

The EarthTrek poles were helpful for the large granite steps on the descent.
Come prepared with trekking poles, good shoes and sunwear.
Forested and shady in some spots, sunny in others.

This hike leads up to Rock Lake. The Lake is somewhat barren, but is excellent for diving if the level is high. The day we went it was low with much silt. If you have the time, take the extra 15-30 minute loop around the lake. Amazing views of Grass Lake and the Sierras from above.
Jamison Lake is nearby and we could view it but headed down early. 10am to 3:30pm.

I will do this hike again. I did it years ago for backpacking.

hiking
2 months ago

We were under the impression you needed a high clearance vehicle to reach the trail head and Eureka lake. We started in the parking lot. Great hike. Awesome views of Mt. Lassen and the Sierra Buttes. Here is the link to our video of Eureka peak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYvtOBPZp30

2 months ago

Beautiful hike and well worth it. can't wait to do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

It isn't too smokey to hike here (Aug 2018) but views are not what they are when it is clear. We just spent a couple nights by Rock Lake and Jamison which are both nice. The hike into the lakes from the mine is uphill, hot at mid-day. and rocky, but with nice forested areas, a waterfall, small streams, interesting geology and good views. Nice stars at night despite all the fires to the north and south. It took us about 2 hours to hike in, and 1 hour to get out. We really enjoyed hiking up to Mt Washington from Jamison - it is an exposed, difficult rock scramble at the summit, but beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was rough on my knees because of all the rocks and large steps, but the view at the top was worth it! We made it to the lake and went swimming, and hiked back down shortly after. Also visiting the waterfall on the way down was my favorite part, also it was quite steep climbing down to it. I don't recommend it for anyone who doesn't have great balance or strength to climb back up.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail and hike with some mining history nearby. Got a late start, so we couldn't find any spots along the west shore on a Saturday, but found a beautiful camp site for two tents on the East shore that were perfect. No one else on the east shore, so we were able to camp naked with the warm weather ... Gorgeous view of sunset and sun rise. Didn't even need bug repellent!!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Spent 2 nights on west shore of Jamison Lake on a perch above the water. Trail was fantastic with no sign of wild life. Nights were quiet and peaceful and the stars were incredible to see. Fish hopping and caught a few. saw a few other camps but was very quiet especially after the day hikers left. weather was hot during the day but perfect at night. Will definitely be back!

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked this loop July 2018. I did it with my 14 year old son and his friend. We started at the Smith Lake Trailhead near Gray Eagle Lodge and went towards Long Lake. Our first night was at Wades Lake ~8 mile hike. Wow, the scenery was incredible and we saw very few people. On the way to Smith Lake we swam in Grass Lake - another beautiful alpine lake. We then headed to Smith Lake but made a wrong turn and ended up at the Jamison Campground and had a half mile backtrack to the Smith Lake trail. The Smith Lake trail was a lot of uphill and in the sun. We spent the second night at Smith and then headed back to the truck Sunday morning.

backpacking
3 months ago

went backpacking two days ago with my 5 yr old son. the trail was rocky and very steep for him. we camped on the west side of Jamison near the island. Fish jumping around, bring your pole. the water was still very cold. too cold for me to fully submerge. very beautiful! like a dream. we will be back with the rest of the family. lots of butterflies, and saw a deer. no bear or cougars.

The path around the lake is a little difficult to find and navigate, pretty unmaintained and rocky. But the hike is really beautiful and worth the uphill climb! Easily marked trails leading up to the lake! Stop at the Gray Eagle lodge on after your hike and have a beer or a glass of wine!

backpacking
4 months ago

We did an overnight trip on June 9th & 10th. There was a sign at the bottom of trail warning of a mountain lion in camp at rock lake on June 8th (great reminder of wildlife in the area). We had no problems and no sightings.
The hike and lake were great. We made camp on the east shore of Jamison to gain a little wind coverage. On our way out we hiked up to Wades lake and back around. The camping area up at Wades lake is a bit better, but lake access is more difficult.

The last review mentioned that the road was closed. This is no longer the case.

Would definitely do this again. Rocky trail is challenging. Hike up to Mt. Elwell is steep. Forged some streams. Experienced some snowpack on the way and at the top. Lots of diverse topography. We were tired.

Easy hike made more difficult by snow covered trail (March 31st). The lake's sort of a marsh but we're taking the kids back when the snow melts.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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

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hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

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
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.

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