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Ben Lomond Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Belden, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 4,317 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Running Forest River Views Wildlife
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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Quincy: Travel west on Hwy. #70, approximately 25 miles from the Quincy Ranger Station. The trailhead is located at Chips Creek. Trailhead T.25.N., R.6.E., NE Section 26.

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Micah Freedman
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownScramble

The first ~1.8 miles of the ascent are great and enjoyable, and this is a nice time of year to be at this elevation (2000-4000'). Past Paul's Creek Point, the trail becomes unmaintained, with lots of thick brush but still a discernible trail that can be followed. Around 2.5 miles, there is no longer any semblance of a trail remaining, and if you want to get to the top, you'll have to just guess or follow previous tracks. We turned around here -- disappointing because the trail up until Paul's Creek Point is well-signed and has a clear trailhead. Just hasn't had any trail maintenance in probably 10 years. FWIW, only a few small snow patches remaining from what we could see at the peak, so that wouldn't have been an issue.

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Will Martin
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Hiking

Lots of ticks.

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Kim Jayne
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HikingBugs

Lots of ticks!!! Amazing views. Incline from hell lol. Only went part way because we started out late.

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Les User
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HikingBlowdown

All Trails has removed the Chambers Creek Trail which is a few miles west of the Ben Lomond Trail. I have removed the brush from the Chambers Creek Trail and no bushwacking required to reach the ~5300 ft elevation. At that point the trail is under snow and I could not follow. Chambers Creek Trail is rated difficult but worthy of the effort.

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Austin de Coup-Crank
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky
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Courtney Mendive
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HikingOver grownScramble

Agree with the past reviews. A lot of elevation gain in first couple miles. Walk out to Paul’s Creek Point, incredible views. However, trail isn’t maintained past that point. Trail has thick, thorny vines and difficult to follow. Look out for snakes and poison oak!

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Jeffrey Weaver
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Hiking

This trail is Hard. And, like other reviews it is not maintained past Paul’s Creek Point. My suggestions is that you only attempt to ascend the peak if you are comfortable scrambling up off trail. I used downloaded map in the app to stay as close to or on trail as possible. Lots of downed timber and hiking through thick brush. Our legs are shred up, but it was lots of fun.

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Garrett Patchill
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Hiking

This trail is not maintained. I made it to Paul's Creek Point like the other reviewer did and then had to start trailblazing with a machete through thick brush. it got to the point where the trail completely disappeared and things got disorienting. Great views at PCP though. Be prepared for a steep ascent

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evan roth
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Hiking

It is a pretty good hike uphill the whole way. We were able to make it up to Paul's Creek Point a couple miles up the hike, but that is about as far as you can get. A buddy and i kept going to try to make it to the top but the next few miles was through a ton of bushes and over fallen trees. We were not able to find a visible trail after a while and were forced to turn back which made the trip pretty disappointing. Despite the bad luck the views were pretty good at points fairly early in the hike. So good hike, but trail is not well kept as of now, hopefully that will change.

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Ryan Oort
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Hiking

Steep but well maintained. This trail takes you through a beautiful section of the Plumas National Forest. At the top you get a very rewarding view. I recommend hiking early in the morning as several sections of the trail do not offer much shade when the sun is high in the sky. This hike is fairly difficult because of the steep grade, but don't let that discourage you. It is worthwhile.

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Nate Sapiandante
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First to Review

Harder than I thought it was going to be. The trail has the most beautiful view if you can make it to the top. A lot of burnt trees and fallen trees along the trail

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James Morris
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Hiking
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Kyler Keller
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