Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 26

I-80 to SIERRA CITY: This 32-mile leg runs from ridge-to-river and offers incredible campsites.  Add a wildcard to this adventure by overnighting at a backcountry hut.
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I-80 to SIERRA CITY: This 32-mile leg runs from ridge-to-river and offers incredible campsites.  Add a wildcard to this adventure by overnighting at a backcountry hut.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 51.3

Waypoints

PCT679

Location: 39.3421325683594, -120.335830688477

Head N; tunnel under I-80

PCT680

Location: 39.3450317382812, -120.337951660156

Trail junction

PCT681

Location: 39.3438835144043, -120.34033203125

Spur trail to Rest Area

PCT682

Location: 39.3428649902344, -120.340133666992

Donner Pass Rest Area: freeway rest area that's generally not worth visiting. It has bathrooms and running water but not vending machines or telephones

PCT683

Location: 39.3502159118652, -120.352615356445

Cross dirt road near Castle Valley

PCT684

Location: 39.3581161499023, -120.36483001709

Join old dirt road leading up to the pass

PCT685

Location: 39.3587341308594, -120.364868164062

Castle Pass; Castle Peak is an easy ascent from here

PCT686

Location: 39.3678016662598, -120.367630004883

Peter Grub Hut; a backcountry ski hut that remains open in the summer; well worth poking around and appreciating the rustic building

PCT687

Location: 39.3695983886719, -120.367179870605

Straight @ Sand Ridge Lake trail

PCT688

Location: 39.3978996276856, -120.376281738281

Bridge over North Creek in Paradise Valley

PCT689

Location: 39.400634765625, -120.377014160156

Pass a small crescent-shaped lake

PCT690

Location: 39.4104499816894, -120.397148132324

Mt. Lola trail

PCT691

Location: 39.410514831543, -120.398948669434

Bridge over White Rock Creek

PCT692

Location: 39.4176826477051, -120.402450561523

Dirt road

PCT693

Location: 39.4189834594727, -120.410667419434

Forested ridge

PCT694

Location: 39.4234008789062, -120.419166564941

Cross dirt road

PCT695

Location: 39.4255485534668, -120.448234558105

Dirt road and creek

PCT696

Location: 39.4327163696289, -120.456932067871

Ridge with great views of reservoirs below and Sierra Buttes

PCT697

Location: 39.4470672607422, -120.462135314941

Cross dirt road

PCT698

Location: 39.470085144043, -120.495101928711

Switchback going L near a creek; this might be an important spot to fill up if you are dry; to get to the creek, leave the switchbacks and go uphill a little for easier creek access

PCT699

Location: 39.4696350097656, -120.49829864502

Cross dirt road

PCT700

Location: 39.4777984619141, -120.518814086914

Cross dirt road

PCT701

Location: 39.4811325073242, -120.520980834961

Straight @ Lasier Meadow Trail

PCT702

Location: 39.5022201538086, -120.527801513672

Cross paved road; PCT follows road N across the bridge

PCT703

Location: 39.5040664672852, -120.526916503906

Trail resumes @ signed trailhead

PCT704

Location: 39.5055847167969, -120.529136657715

Cross paved Henness Pass road

PCT705

Location: 39.5231323242188, -120.556266784668

Large flat camping area above Bear Valley

PCT706

Location: 39.5422821044922, -120.571350097656

Creek

PCT707

Location: 39.5435180664062, -120.572463989258

Bridge over 1st crossing of Milton Creek

PCT708

Location: 39.5508346557617, -120.576736450195

Bridge over 2nd crossing

PCT709

Location: 39.5640678405762, -120.585350036621

Road to Wild Plum campground (a shortcut to Sierra City); PCT stays R

PCT710

Location: 39.5653343200684, -120.587982177734

Bridge over Haypress Creek

PCT711

Location: 39.5683670043945, -120.592346191406

Creek

PCT712

Location: 39.5800018310547, -120.608299255371

Bridge over North Yuba River; trail follows S side of CA 49

PCT713

Location: 39.5767593383789, -120.612373352051

Cross CA 49. Resupply: Sierra City is 2 miles W.

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Sierra City County Store

Location: 39.5764808654785, -120.612464904785

Thru hikers gather for a party in front of the Sierra City County Store ©Jack Haskel