Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 29

OROVILLE-QUINCY HIGHWAY to BELDEN: Travel a scenic 16.3-mile rim route above alpine ponds to one California’s most isolated campsites under a canopy of red firs.
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OROVILLE-QUINCY HIGHWAY to BELDEN: Travel a scenic 16.3-mile rim route above alpine ponds to one California’s most isolated campsites under a canopy of red firs.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 26.3

Waypoints

PCT771

Location: 39.8990287780762, -121.120277404785

Bucks Summit trailhead on Oroville-Quincy Highway; head N on PCT

PCT772

Location: 39.901668548584, -121.120765686035

Creek

PCT773

Location: 39.9048347473144, -121.129249572754

Bucks Creek

PCT774

Location: 39.9061164855957, -121.130386352539

Bucks Creek

PCT775

Location: 39.9240837097168, -121.134147644043

Great picnic spot with nice views E

PCT776

Location: 39.9322814941406, -121.132331848145

Stay L @ Spanish Peak trail; worthy side trip to summit without much elevation gain

PCT777

Location: 39.9321517944336, -121.13663482666

Go R @ Right Hand Branch trail

PCT778

Location: 39.938232421875, -121.147346496582

Stay straight @ Silver Lake trail

PCT779

Location: 39.9397659301758, -121.148719787598

Granite outcrop with great views of Spanish Peak, Gold Lake and multiple lakes below.

PCT780

Location: 39.9605331420898, -121.167785644531

Right Hand Salt Rock Creek

PCT781

Location: 39.9601173400879, -121.175918579102

PCT stays straight; Mt. Pleasant trail makes a worthy side trip to bag the nearby summit

PCT782

Location: 39.9619331359863, -121.178817749023

Wet meadow with creeks; willow and corn lily dot the terrain

PCT783

Location: 39.9661674499512, -121.18440246582

Fork of Clear Creek

PCT784

Location: 39.9706993103027, -121.197937011719

Clear Creek

PCT785

Location: 39.9748916625977, -121.219635009766

Straight @ Three Lakes trail

PCT786

Location: 39.9782333374023, -121.251152038574

Spring; watch for poison oak on the descent to Belden.

PCT787

Location: 39.9804496765137, -121.250686645508

Spring

PCT788

Location: 39.9917640686035, -121.261337280273

Poison oak along this stretch to the river

PCT789

Location: 40.0025825500488, -121.257080078125

Railroad tracks

PCT790

Location: 40.0057678222656, -121.250717163086

Belden Town Resort, not many ammenities.

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Lichen-clothed firs

Location: 39.9017524719238, -121.118751525879

©Jack Haskel

Rim views

Location: 39.9464378356934, -121.155090332031

©Jack Haskel