Best trails in Plumas National Forest, California

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Looking for a great trail in Plumas National Forest, California? AllTrails has 49 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 27 moderate trails in Plumas National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 13.8 miles and from 2,470 to 7,782 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Plumas National Forest, California
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Top trails (48)
#1 - Feather Falls Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
The trail leads you to the sixth tallest year-round waterfall in the USA. This version takes the upper trail to the falls and back to the trail head via the upper trail. Though longer than an alternative route to the falls, this is the easiest way to the waterfall. During the springtime this is often the only trail to the waterfall because of flooding on the lower trail. The trail head is located near Feather Falls, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Show more
#2 - Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Plumas County might seem to have only three stoplights, but it has more than its fair share of great lakes to discover. An hour north of Truckee and a world away from the often busy Lake Tahoe traffic, the Lakes Basin is a tranquil escape full of beautiful lakes and great hiking opportunities. We've chosen ten mile loop trail which weaves around some of the prettiest lakes, provides some high ridgeline hiking with excellent vantage points and also links to a detour up the 7,812ft tall Mt. Ewell for those looking for even more challenges. Summer and early fall is the best time for a snow-free experience here in the Plumas National Forest, but this and similar routes can also be tackled on snowshoes as Gold Lake Highway is plowed throughout the winter. We've also provided a link in this guide to road conditions if you need to check winter access for yourself. Elevation Gain: - 2,400ft (from 6,300 - 7,500ft)Show more
#3 - Long Lake Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#4 - PCT: CA Section N - Belden to Burney Falls State park
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 127.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Frazier Falls Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 30 m
An easy, pleasant paved path to Frazier Falls - good for the whole family. The falls may be dry seasonally but there are still beautiful mountain views. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and it is typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) for the most part but there is a steep section of 8 - 12% between 0.3 and 0.4 miles. Where the grade increases has been marked on the map with a waypoint. Wheelchair/mobility or stroller users may need assistance due to the steepness.Show more
#6 - PCT: CA Section M - Highway 49 to Belden
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 85.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Lakes Basin Trail to Long Lake and Big Bear Lake
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#8 - Smith Lake Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#9 - Long Lake and Mount Elwell Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
#10 - Lake Basin Trail to Long Lake to Round Lake Trail Loop
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
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