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Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 27

SIERRA CITY to QUINCY-LAPORTE ROAD: Hike past dozens of alpine lakes and a few notable peaks on this 31.7-mile section. Don't pass by the Sierra Buttes without climbing to the old lookout, the views from the top are some of California's best.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 50.9

Waypoints

PCT713

Location: 39.5770950317383, -120.612648010254

Head N from CA 49 around ridge and begin switchbacked climb toward the Sierra Buttes

PCT714

Location: 39.5881996154785, -120.616752624512

Water @ switchback

PCT715

Location: 39.583065032959, -120.642219543457

On-trail spring

PCT716

Location: 39.5886993408203, -120.661666870117

Sierra Buttes jeep trail (leads to summit); first tree cover after long, exposed ascent and traverse of southern side of Sierra Buttes

PCT717

Location: 39.592098236084, -120.662246704102

Spring below trail

PCT718

Location: 39.6021347045898, -120.661949157715

Straight @ Ridgetop trail junction

PCT719

Location: 39.6116333007812, -120.665412902832

Sierra Buttes TH; dirt pullout @ metal gate; PCT becomes the road, so walk N on it

PCT720

Location: 39.6143836975098, -120.666519165039

Stay R @ paved road, which becomes PCT

PCT721

Location: 39.6194839477539, -120.667152404785

Stay straight and resume trail tread @ Packer Lake Saddle intersection

PCT722

Location: 39.6436157226562, -120.672966003418

Overlooking Deer Lake, this spot on a dirt road would be an excellent car camping destination

PCT723

Location: 39.6460990905762, -120.672218322754

Cross dirt road

PCT724

Location: 39.662181854248, -120.674453735352

Summit Lake road

PCT725

Location: 39.6715316772461, -120.682350158691

Dirt road

PCT726

Location: 39.6755485534668, -120.680763244629

L @ trail junction

PCT727

Location: 39.6908836364746, -120.700836181641

L @ Silver Lake trail

PCT728

Location: 39.6969337463379, -120.706069946289

Saddle with small pond and water flowing in a creek to R

PCT729

Location: 39.7056846618652, -120.716201782227

Cross dirt road

PCT730

Location: 39.7150993347168, -120.745231628418

The “A” Tree: an intersection of five roads; what The “A” Tree actually is remains a mystery. There is a good spring down the road directly to the L when you hit the road. Follow your ears down twenty feet to a spring

PCT731

Location: 39.7184982299805, -120.758369445801

A vegetated saddle with camping for a few tents

PCT732

Location: 39.7186851501465, -120.773048400879

Creeklet

PCT733

Location: 39.714282989502, -120.778114318848

Creeklet

PCT734

Location: 39.7152671813965, -120.784950256348

Creeklet

PCT735

Location: 39.7144317626953, -120.787269592285

Creeklet

PCT736

Location: 39.7271995544434, -120.795867919922

Creeklet

PCT737

Location: 39.7511329650879, -120.842300415039

S end of Bunker Hill Ridge and jeep road

PCT738

Location: 39.7636680603027, -120.857200622559

Spur down to pond below the trail with greenish water–not recommended…but if low-water season can be filtered

PCT739

Location: 39.7671165466309, -120.858512878418

Cross dirt road

PCT740

Location: 39.7822341918945, -120.891571044922

Quincy-Laporte Rd.; water found .25 mi. to W

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Sierra City County Store

Location: 39.5677223205566, -120.630126953125

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