Looking for a great trail in Plumas-Eureka State Park, California? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Plumas-Eureka State Park ranging from 1.7 to 7.7 miles and from 5,036 to 7,437 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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. Hours: sunrise to sunset

I definitely prefer hiking Elwell from the Long Lake side, it’s far more scenic. The hike to Smith Lake is ok but not great and then it’s just hiking in the forest with the moss covered trees. I like views! The way down from Elwell to Long Lake is awesome with spectacular views of the lake. Watch your footing on the loose rocks – I bailed running down and could have done serious damage. Glad I did this hike but Elwell with the Long Lake loop is preferable.

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rocky
7 days ago

Great trail for anyone looking for waterfalls, lakes, and views. Total time was almost 4 hours and we hung out by the lakes for some time. 6.46 miles in total is what my watch clocked. Dog friendly, but there was a sign that said Jackson winter trail no dogs? Not sure what that’s about. We hiked mid day and there was plenty shade. Very peaceful, only saw two other people the whole trail.

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rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Awesome trail. Definitely a hard trail but incredible views all the way around and worth the effort. As is often the case All Trails mileage is low - this is more like 17 miles. Camped over night at Wade Lake with a great site a super lake views. Definitely recommended.

hiking
16 days ago

Started from my favorite spot Plumas Eureka State Park. Up to Grass Lake still some wildflowers and wet trails. On to Jamison Lake left my husband there to fly fish. He caught 6! I went to Rock lake for a swim. Such a beautiful area to explore. My kids looked for some bouldering opportunities. Hike is short so there is plenty of time to enjoy the beauty before heading back to camp.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail amazing views at Rock Lake and Jamieson Lake. First mile is hard uphill but moderate after that

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail with good views, lakes, waterfall (be willing to wonder on to other trails and paths for better views)

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

Back to the trail head. Easy trail going down.

backpacking
rocky
26 days ago

First Hike. Trail head was packed when we got there at 12. Steep and rocky for the first 3/4 mile. Then was a nice easy hike for a mile or so. Switch backs up to Jamison/Rock lake for lunch, then on to Wades Lake. Was going to make the loop to long lake but got a cramp so we went back to Jamison for the night. Campers set up at all lakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked a loop of Jamison, Rock, and Wades Lakes. All are absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

We camped in Plumas-Eureka SP. went out to Rock Lake. Contrary to AT stats, GPS said 7 miles and 1950’ elev. Nice trail but first mile is UP and very rocky. Several seepages around Grass lake. No big deal for waterproof shoes. Rock lake is still cold—I estimate temp at 60-65 deg so I didn’t swim.

More of a walk than a hike. Not much water in the “lake” in August. Accessible for all ages.

on Jamison Lake

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 11. Parking lot was nearly full, however, we only passed 10 or 12 hiking. As described, the first 3/4 mile is Ricky and fairly steep. Worth it. Take the very short side trail to Jamison Falls. The trail is easy to follow and the lakes (Grass, Wade, Jamison and Rock) are beautiful. Caught a little rain and wind gusts up near Jamison. Very nice hike.

on Jamison Lake

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Truly a fun trail. Beautiful views. The hike to the lakes are well worth it. Get out and hike!!

Great view!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to Rock Lake this week with my two dogs. Arrived around 12 to the trailhead and there were already 8 cars in the lot, but only ran into a few people on the trail. All friendly and having a good time. Last time I hiked this trail was last September, I backpacked up to Jamison and stayed overnight - there were significantly less people in September - we had Jamison all to ourselves. This time I Passed at least 3 groups of backpackers on the way back down, all heading to Jamison. Views at Rock Lake are phenomenal ! Its situated right next to Mt. Washington’s knobby ridge with 360 degree views. There are also nice places to jump off rocks and the water temp is great for swimming. Will return in September to do some backpacking once the crowds have died down.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great trail with 4 lakes to explore, Grass lake, Jamison Lake, Wades Lake, and Rock Lake. We took 3 kids ages 9,11 and 12 backpacking here and 1 dog. You have to have your dog on leash until you leave the state park, once past the state park they can be off-leash. Most groups hiking had dogs with them. We were worried that we would not find a camping site as we arrived late on Friday night and the lot was almost full. We found a great spot both nights. The first night we camped at Grass lake and the second Rock Lake. The lakes are great for swimming and the view is outstanding. At Rock Lake, I felt like I was on top of the world!

hiking
1 month ago

This is my favorite hike in the area. It has everything. A waterfall, 3 beautiful lakes, and gorgeous views of the surrounding area. The first half mile is rocky and a steady uphill grade. It then levels out into the forest section. I highly recommend this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike to Jamison. Hiked 6/22/19. Trail starts steep and rocky then levels out. Many snow melt stream crossings and waterfalls. Pass by other pretty alpine lakes with rock rings-although muddy. Ascent to Jamison has switchbacks. Enjoyed lunch on the granite slab admiring the lake. Total was 7 miles and 3.5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike winding you up the canyon through beautiful landscapes and goregous backdrops. My GPS tracked a little more than 3 miles each direction. The first 3/4 mile is pretty steep and rocky, but, the terrain smooths out once you hit grass lake with minimal grade for the remainder of the trail. There are abundant water sources if you are planning for an overnight and what look to be a few established campsites between Jameson and Rock lakes.

This is beautiful nature walk. Lake is too strong, more of a pond. Beautiful wildflowers and bubling stream. In no way is it moderate, easy peasy.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Totally worth it. Trail was a little wet in places but not enough to get you feet wet!

hiking
2 months ago

https://youtu.be/uY2ifIQ0dfg conditions were superb weekend of 6/22!

Beautiful trail! We walked the road in but the 2WD rental car probably could have made it. The snow obscured the trail not far after the loop split. We took the left trail but another hiker at the lake said he tried the right with no luck. Even without reaching the summit, this hike was worth it!

backpacking
3 months ago

Mellow hike to Jamison Lake. The lake is full and access to Rock lake can only be done by going around Jamison. Many of the camp sites are still under water from run off. The far side of the lake still has a good amount of snow. Popular trailhead, but most are day hikers. Good option for easy backpacking.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this yesterday with the kiddos. After Grass Lake there are quite a few stream crossing. All but 2 shallow and nothing real deep. If you’re careful I believe you can even keep your feet dry. Some mud. A couple of patches of snow (10-20 yards) easy to walk on a bit slushy. Nice rock fire pits and wind breaks at Jamison if you want to camp, cook, or chill. Good views. I’ll post some pics...

Great Trail with gets rocky and steep in some parts

11 months ago

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.

11 months 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!

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2018

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.

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