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Best bird watching trails in Plumas National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Plumas National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Plumas National Forest, California
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Top trails (27)
#1 - Bear Lakes and Round Lake Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 4 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
#2 - PCT: CA Section N - Belden to Burney Falls State park
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 127.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#3 - 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. This trail can be steep, with an estimated average grade of 5% and a max grade of 9% 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
#4 - 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
#5 - Long Lake and Mount Elwell Loop Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
#6 - Big Bald Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
#7 - Curtain Falls and Bald Rock Dome Trail
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
This hike is deceptively challenging but more than worth the work. You will also need to drive down a dirt road for a while to get to the trailhead, but should not need 4WD. From the parking area, you begin hiking on a relatively flat section that winds through Ponderosa pine trees, manzanitas, and cedars. The trail then gets a bit steeper and rockier as it winds down the canyon. It is slightly overgrown in places which can mean that you need to go a bit slower, but it is by no means a bush wack or off trail hike. As you head down the canyon you have sweeping views of the river below and of Dome Rock. In Spring there tons of wildflowers to look at. The trail is somewhat steep and rocky the entire way as it switchbacks down to the water. Once you reach the bottom of the canyon, you may be able to swim although you should be careful because the current can be quite strong after the rains. This trail is ideal in May and September because the winter can be too rainy and mid summer can be very hot, however, it can be done anytime there hasn't been too much rain or snow. Show more
#8 - 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
#9 - Tumley & Halsey Falls
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#10 - Big Bald Rock Extended Loop
Plumas National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
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