Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 41

ETNA SUMMIT to SEIDAD VALLEY: Packed with craggy peaks and rugged cirques, this 51.1-mile leg through the Marble Mountains serves up endless solitude.
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ETNA SUMMIT to SEIDAD VALLEY: Packed with craggy peaks and rugged cirques, this 51.1-mile leg through the Marble Mountains serves up endless solitude.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 82.3

Waypoints

PCT1009

Location: 41.3950157165527, -122.994132995605

Etna Summit trailhead. Head W toward Etna Summit.

PCT1010

Location: 41.3956680297852, -122.995429992676

Head W from Etna Summit. Side trip: Hitch a ride to the small, friendly town of Etna (to the NE)

PCT1011

Location: 41.4042167663574, -123.028816223145

Marble Mountain Wilderness and trail register

PCT1012

Location: 41.4541168212891, -123.036849975586

Pass spur to Cub Bear Spring

PCT1013

Location: 41.4784164428711, -123.071235656738

Cross Shelly Lake's outlet creek

PCT1014

Location: 41.4789009094238, -123.070098876953

Pass a meadowside camp

PCT1015

Location: 41.4830513000488, -123.066963195801

Stay straight @ Shelly Fork Trail

PCT1016

Location: 41.4837989807129, -123.067031860352

Stay straight @ jct.; great views towards the farms in Scott Valley in the E

PCT1017

Location: 41.4951820373535, -123.101280212402

Cross creek with campsites

PCT1018

Location: 41.4969177246094, -123.105316162109

Pass a small lake

PCT1019

Location: 41.4973678588867, -123.109100341797

Pass a second, smaller lake

PCT1020

Location: 41.5018844604492, -123.114463806152

Cross creek

PCT1021

Location: 41.5034675598144, -123.116386413574

Cross creek

PCT1022

Location: 41.5088500976562, -123.119819641113

Cross creek

PCT1023

Location: 41.5091171264648, -123.120048522949

Stay straight @ Kidder Creek Trail jct.; this is an old segment of the PCT

PCT1024

Location: 41.5073394775391, -123.124694824219

Notch on Marble Mtns. with very impressive views of Man Eaten Lake and the imposing, dark cliff faces of the ridge that towers to the SW

PCT1025

Location: 41.5169830322266, -123.125335693359

Stay straight @ trail jct. with an old segment of the PCT

PCT1026

Location: 41.5345344543457, -123.134582519531

Stay straight @ Shackleford Creek trailhead

PCT1027

Location: 41.5433006286621, -123.163497924805

Stay straight @ jct.

PCT1028

Location: 41.5444679260254, -123.16968536377

Stay straight @ Shadow Lake Trail

PCT1029

Location: 41.5457153320312, -123.181732177734

Stay straight @ Shadow Lake Trail

PCT1030

Location: 41.5500335693359, -123.193130493164

Straight @ Sky High Lakes Trail

PCT1031

Location: 41.550651550293, -123.194213867188

Straight @ Sky High Lakes Trail

PCT1032

Location: 41.5538482666016, -123.201133728027

Go R @ jct. with trail that leads to Big Elk Lake

PCT1033

Location: 41.563060760498, -123.199584960938

Cross creek running by a ranger station

PCT1034

Location: 41.5660171508789, -123.199485778809

Go R @ Marble Gap Trail jct.

PCT1035

Location: 41.574031829834, -123.196968078613

Cross creek

PCT1036

Location: 41.5789489746094, -123.198219299316

Pass area with lots of caves on the slopes of Black Marble Mtn.

PCT1037

Location: 41.5886993408203, -123.196685791016

Go L @ Box Camp Trail

PCT1038

Location: 41.6071014404297, -123.207336425781

Cross creeklet

PCT1039

Location: 41.6113815307617, -123.208831787109

Stay straight @ Paradise Trail jct.

PCT1040

Location: 41.6130676269531, -123.209884643555

Paradise Lake at the base of Kings Castle; nice camping

PCT1041

Location: 41.6181182861328, -123.214897155762

Pass a spring

PCT1042

Location: 41.6297149658203, -123.217247009277

Stay straight @ Turk Lake Trail

PCT1043

Location: 41.6383171081543, -123.21891784668

Go L onto W side of Big Ridge @ old trail jct.

PCT1044

Location: 41.6698837280273, -123.251449584961

Pass camp below a giant 3-forked tree near a spring

PCT1045

Location: 41.6702003479004, -123.252098083496

Buckhorn Spring: Easy to miss; look for a small pool (possibly marked with a large stick stuck in the ground) in the meadow after the giant 3-forked tree

PCT1046

Location: 41.6889839172363, -123.248931884766

Marble Mtn. Wilderness boundary; head through dense, viewless groves of trees; the trail from here to Seiad Valley is all downhill or flat

PCT1047

Location: 41.6964988708496, -123.246170043945

Cross dirt road with possible camping for 1 person

PCT1048

Location: 41.7192153930664, -123.243347167969

Cross Cold Spring Creek

PCT1049

Location: 41.7209663391113, -123.242401123047

Cross dirt road with a very large camp

PCT1050

Location: 41.7290992736816, -123.236282348633

Cross footbridge across Grider Creek

PCT1051

Location: 41.7429008483887, -123.229301452637

Cross second footbridge over Grider Creek

PCT1052

Location: 41.7629318237305, -123.224815368652

Cross third footbridge over grider creek

PCT1053

Location: 41.766300201416, -123.223014831543

Cross Bark Shanty Creek

PCT1054

Location: 41.7895851135254, -123.224296569824

Trail curves to the NE

PCT1055

Location: 41.8019676208496, -123.221084594727

Cross No Name Creek

PCT1056

Location: 41.8065490722656, -123.217834472656

Grider Creek Campground; begin road walk into Seiad Valley; follow road out of campground; quick R turn @ jct. of campground road and main road; follow road for roughly 6 mi.

PCT1057

Location: 41.8349227905273, -123.17293548584

Turn L onto CA 96; follow road to Seidad Valley

PCT1058

Location: 41.8345489501953, -123.181564331055

Cross bridge over Klamath River

PCT1059

Location: 41.8424301147461, -123.195648193359

Seiad Valley: Restaurant, store, and post office are in the same building. Camping @ RV park for $7 per person. The restaurant is famous for it's pancake challenge. $10 for 5 1-lb. cakes; if you eat them all, they're free.

PCT1060

Location: 41.8424339294434, -123.195449829102

Seiad Valley: Take road W to re-join the PCTl

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Ride to Etna

Location: 41.3955726623535, -122.995620727539

Hitching on the Etna-Somes Bar road is a casual affair ©Jack Haskel

Black Marble Mtn.

Location: 41.5791015625, -123.198432922363

Caves can be found in the marble ©Jack Haskel

Black Marble Mtn.

Location: 41.5783348083496, -123.198432922363

©Jack Haskel

Ranger Station

Location: 41.5629653930664, -123.199584960938

©Jack Haskel

Marble Mtns.

Location: 41.5081100463867, -123.12622833252

Man Eaten Lake nestled at the foot of imposing, dark cliff faces ©Jack Haskel

Paradise Lake

Location: 41.6132583618164, -123.210075378418

Paradise Lake at the base of Kings Castle ©Jack Haskel

Seiad Valley

Location: 41.842529296875, -123.195739746094

U.S. Post Office in downtown Seiad Valley ©Jack Haskel

U.S. Post Office

Location: 41.8423347473144, -123.195068359375

Welcome to the State of Jefferson ©Jack Haskel

Marble Mountain hillside trail

Location: 41.5585479736328, -123.200210571289

©Jack Haskel