Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 42

SEIDAD VALLEY to OREGON BORDER: Few, if any hikers, make it this far north in California, so you’ll likely have the trail to yourself. This 32.1-mile leg begins with a steep climb out of the Klamath River Valley and hugs the Siskiyou Crest passing buttes and deep ravines.
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SEIDAD VALLEY to OREGON BORDER: Few, if any hikers, make it this far north in California, so you’ll likely have the trail to yourself. This 32.1-mile leg begins with a steep climb out of the Klamath River Valley and hugs the Siskiyou Crest passing buttes and deep ravines.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 50.4

Waypoints

PCT1061

Location: 41.8443984985352, -123.209815979004

Head N; trail begins with huge 3,500-foot climb

PCT1062

Location: 41.8440017700195, -123.212303161621

Go R @ jct.

PCT1063

Location: 41.8488502502441, -123.211250305176

Pass Fern Spring and trail register

PCT1064

Location: 41.8658332824707, -123.211318969727

Pass a single campsite

PCT1065

Location: 41.8775939941406, -123.204032897949

Pass Lookout Spring

PCT1066

Location: 41.8835983276367, -123.198097229004

Stay L @ jct. with Darkey Creek Trail, a nearly abandoned trail

PCT1067

Location: 41.9117851257324, -123.200798034668

Go R @ Rattlesnake Mtn. Trail

PCT1068

Location: 41.9168663024902, -123.194282531738

Pass Kangaroo Spring

PCT1069

Location: 41.921443939209, -123.188514709473

Pass spur to a jeep road above lily-choked Lily Pad Lake

PCT1070

Location: 41.9277000427246, -123.178863525391

Pass a spring

PCT1071

Location: 41.9286842346191, -123.178733825684

Cross dirt road

PCT1072

Location: 41.9337844848633, -123.172386169434

Stay straight

PCT1073

Location: 41.941967010498, -123.145263671875

Cook and Green Pass; keep straight, heading E @ dirt road intersections; campfire pit and campsite nestled amongst the trees

PCT1074

Location: 41.9357986450195, -123.113983154297

Go L @ Copper Butte Trail

PCT1075

Location: 41.9536819458008, -123.07886505127

Stay R @ Tin Cup Trail near Slaughter House Flat

PCT1076

Location: 41.9535331726074, -123.074935913086

Cross Bear Dog Spring

PCT1077

Location: 41.9428825378418, -123.009399414062

Cross dirt road

PCT1078

Location: 41.9326171875, -122.969329833984

Cross dirt road

PCT1079

Location: 41.9559326171875, -122.954849243164

Stay straight. Optional: Go L on Mud Spring spur road to reach spring; plenty of flat camping around here

PCT1080

Location: 41.9647827148438, -122.937599182129

Cross dirt road

PCT1081

Location: 41.9631843566894, -122.93595123291

Pass a spring

PCT1082

Location: 41.9668502807617, -122.931098937988

Pass a spring

PCT1083

Location: 41.9683494567871, -122.930633544922

Pass a spring

PCT1084

Location: 41.9755516052246, -122.923202514648

Cross dirt road

PCT1085

Location: 41.9811172485352, -122.919532775879

Cross dirt road

PCT1086

Location: 41.9836502075195, -122.917068481445

Wards Fork Gap

PCT1087

Location: 41.9930648803711, -122.911720275879

Cross bridge over very cow-polluted Donomore Creek

PCT1088

Location: 41.9960823059082, -122.912330627441

Cross dirt road with an old cabin just uphill

PCT1089

Location: 42.0037231445312, -122.909942626953

CA/OR Border;

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Lookout Spring

Location: 41.8775939941406, -123.20393371582

©Jack Haskel

Lily Pad Lake

Location: 41.9212532043457, -123.187545776367

©Jack Haskel

CA-OR Border

Location: 42.0038185119629, -122.910041809082

©Jack Haskel

CA-OR Border

Location: 42.0035285949707, -122.909942626953

Welcome to Oregon! ©Jack Haskel

Sun and horizon

Location: 41.9718055725098, -122.926147460938

©Jack Haskel

Wildflower-laced hillside

Location: 41.9786720275879, -122.921112060547

©Jack Haskel