Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Northern California  by Wendy Lautner

Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California Guide Book

by Wendy Lautner (Wilderness Press)
Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Northern California  by Wendy Lautner
The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail traverses the “high road” from Mexico to Canada through three states. In this Northern California guide, local Wendy Lautner describes 31 day hikes and overnight trips on the PCT in northern Yosemite National Park, through Sonora, Ebbetts, and Carson passes, the Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe area, and farther north into Lassen Volcanic National Park and Russian and Marble Mountain wildernesses. Enjoy sparkling alpine lakes, windswept views, outstanding wildflowers, spectacular fall colors, great swimming, and much more on hikes ranging from a mile-long waterfall stroll to a scenic 22-mile trek.

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Trails from the "Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 31.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

Set in the geologically outstanding Ansel Adams Wilderness, this popular trail offers day hikers and backpackers traveling on the Pacific Crest Trail the opportunity to enjoy sweeping vistas, excellen ...
San Francisco, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
This popular point-to-point hike passes a collection of five pretty lakes, aptly named Five Lakes, as it climbs steadily to the back side of Squaw Valley Ski Area. In season, reward yourself with a ri ...
Sacramento, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.25
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Incredible scenery and gentle, varied terrain make this out-and-back journey a halfday delight. The hike follows the well-worn Pacific Crest Trail most of the way. A short side trip on the Tahoe Rim T ...
Tahoe City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.5
This easy but scenic hike is a great leg stretcher early in the hiking season, when many of the Pacific Crest Trail’s other sections are under snow. At just under 3,000 feet for the entire length of t ...
Burney, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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This 14.5-mile loop provides nonstop mountain vistas and features three very pretty alpine lakes, all good for camping, swimming, and fishing. Snow usually flies early on Carson Pass, but if you happe ...
Sacramento, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.5
What a great out-and-back hike! This fast, moderately difficult walk wanders through rustling aspen groves, bucolic meadows, and along mountain ridges providing stunning views of this lush high countr ...
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
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This hike can be done as a loop, but parking a shuttle vehicle at Woods Lake Campground shaves about 2 miles off hiking along dirt roads paralleling busy CA 88. Either way, views of dramatic Eldorado ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.7
Explore the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness along the Clark Fork, Pacific Crest, and Disaster Creek trails. This 15-mile loop hike makes for an ambitious day hike or a spectacular overnight trip, with campi ...
Sacramento, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
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Lake-loving hikers are bound to enjoy this 12.8-mile jaunt through the Cluster Lakes in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This hike also has the perfect gradient for trail running, which I highly recomme ...
Redding, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12.8
Hiking to Upper Kinney Lake is a great way to enjoy the afternoon, the sunset, or a night out with the family. This no-fuss, short, and pretty hike teems with wildflowers in midsummer and features bre ...
Markleeville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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What a charming day hike! You’ll forget the splendor of Tahoe once you’ve hiked from camp-y Echo Lakes to face-of-the-moon Lake Aloha. One of the highlights is taking the boat shuttle, at least one wa ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
This short trip gets the heart pumping with a nice climb to a beautiful overlook, but for an extremely mellow, short hike go no farther than Benwood Meadow.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
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There’s a maze of remarkable trails west of South Lake Tahoe in the rugged Desolation Wilderness. This loop makes a great two-nighter, with plenty of scenic lakes plus brilliant displays of wildflower ...
Sacramento, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 21
This easily accessible, short out-and-back jaunt makes a perfect quick getaway. Starting from a bustling Interstate 80 rest area, hikers take a trip through geologic history on the Pacific Crest Trail ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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Competent hikers without fear of the wild moo-cow and with a penchant for circumnavigating behemoth, unnamed mountain peaks need only apply for this near 20-mile challenge in the Marble Mountain Wilde ...
Redding, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19.7
Loves Falls makes a pretty destination on the Pacific Crest Trail. Access the PCT directly from CA 49 for a quick 1-mile round-trip hike, or start on the Wild Plum Loop for a longer, 5-mile round-trip ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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There’s something for everyone on this easy, hard-packed section of the Pacific Crest Trail; it’s a sure crowd pleaser. Ambitious hikers can summit Mount Eddy for extraordinary views of Mount Shasta. ...
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.4
Ascend to one of the Marble Mountains’ most accessible lakes and relish the opportunity to hike two historic trails—the PCT and Kelsey Creek Trail—while enjoying lush wildflowers in early summer.
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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The only folks you will see out here are the ones who know this land intimately. Once people find this nook of backcountry nirvana, they return time and time again. While Paynes Lake is a family day h ...
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Imagine your own natural pool overlooking deep river canyons and the Marble Mountains—bleached white, red, and black mounds of rugged rock. That’s Shadow Lake. Locals begged me not to write about it, ...
Redding, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15.2
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