Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 34

OLD STATION POST OFFICE to BURNEY FALLS: This 43.8-mile leg, possibly the longest waterless stretch on the PCT, follows the sweltering contours of Hat Creek Rim before ending at a 129-foot cascade. In early spring, wildflowers are top-notch on the rim.
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OLD STATION POST OFFICE to BURNEY FALLS: This 43.8-mile leg, possibly the longest waterless stretch on the PCT, follows the sweltering contours of Hat Creek Rim before ending at a 129-foot cascade. In early spring, wildflowers are top-notch on the rim.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 70.3

Waypoints

PCT872

Location: 40.6512184143066, -121.459617614746

Head S from Old Station Store and post office.

PCT873

Location: 40.651985168457, -121.45565032959

Cross gravel road

PCT874

Location: 40.6670150756836, -121.44091796875

Straight @ trail junction

PCT875

Location: 40.6695327758789, -121.422737121582

Cross gravel road

PCT876

Location: 40.6772842407227, -121.418853759766

Pass by collapsed lava tubes

PCT877

Location: 40.6799163818359, -121.420249938965

CA 44

PCT878

Location: 40.6808815002441, -121.418380737305

L @ hard-to-spot spur to Subway Cave where you'll want to fill up on water

PCT879

Location: 40.6847496032715, -121.41919708252

Subway Cave and last water before Hat Creek Rim. Check out the cold lava tube cave

PCT880

Location: 40.7019996643066, -121.406097412109

Hat Creek Rime Overlook parking area; has bathrooms

PCT881

Location: 40.7679824829102, -121.393783569336

Cross dirt road

PCT882

Location: 40.8432502746582, -121.423881530762

Cross Road 22

PCT883

Location: 40.922233581543, -121.497047424316

Cross paved road

PCT884

Location: 40.9328155517578, -121.525314331055

Old dirt road through interesting lava flows. Some scrub bushes and grey pines are starting to take hold again

PCT885

Location: 40.9272003173828, -121.542213439941

Creek, first water in about 30 miles

PCT886

Location: 40.9293518066406, -121.544250488281

Cross bridge near power plant

PCT887

Location: 40.9324111938477, -121.545425415039

Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery; water spigot down road on the side of main office building; bathrooms but no camping allowed

PCT888

Location: 40.961799621582, -121.567916870117

Cross red-dirt road

PCT889

Location: 40.9634170532227, -121.57706451416

CA 299; hitch L to visit the town of Burney

PCT890

Location: 40.9659843444824, -121.581268310547

Cross dirt road

PCT891

Location: 41.0022315979004, -121.605003356934

Cross train tracks

PCT892

Location: 41.0084648132324, -121.64176940918

Cross CA 89

PCT893

Location: 41.0068016052246, -121.64136505127

Spur to Burney Falls Visitor's Center; continue on PCT going straight over creek

PCT894

Location: 41.0110359191894, -121.653091430664

Cross bridge to visit General Store for showers and bathrooms; don't miss the huge 130-ft. waterfall spilling off the cliffs of Burney Creek

PCT895

Location: 41.0135345458984, -121.65007019043

Burney Falls;

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Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery Sign

Location: 40.932315826416, -121.545051574707

©Jack Haskel

Microwave Station

Location: 40.8084259033203, -121.414573669434

©Jack Haskel