Pacific Crest Trail Belden to Three Lakes

Belden, California

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Only mildly masochistic hikers and backpackers will find this trip appealing, as the trail starts low near the North Fork Feather River and follows a brutally steep climb for the first few miles before adopting a more humane grade for the remainder of the nearly 8-mile trip. During the hot summer months, beginning at such a low elevation will ensure nearly unbearable temperatures for the entire ascent out of the canyon. Survivors of the canyon climb still face many more miles of hiking in order to reach Three Lakes. If getting to the lakes is your goal, the route from the Mill Creek trailhead is much more appealing. If all of these warnings haven’t deterred you from taking this hike, I’d be happy to pass on the name of a well-respected therapist. (That said, and while the climb out of the North Fork Feather River is characterized as a grunt, the periodic views from the trail are certainly worth the effort for those up to the task.)
Lassen Volcanic National Park

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by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Only mildly masochistic hikers and backpackers will find this trip appealing, as the trail starts low near the North Fork Feather River and follows a brutally steep climb for the first few miles before adopting a more humane grade for the remainder of the nearly 8-mile trip. During the hot summer months, beginning at such a low elevation will ensure nearly unbearable temperatures for the entire ascent out of the canyon. Survivors of the canyon climb still face many more miles of hiking in order to reach Three Lakes.

If getting to the lakes is your goal, the route from the Mill Creek trailhead is much more appealing. If all of these warnings haven’t deterred you from taking this hike, I’d be happy to pass on the name of a well-respected therapist. (That said, and while the climb out of the North Fork Feather River is characterized as a grunt, the periodic views from the trail are certainly worth the effort for those up to the task.)

© 2016 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Belden
Length: 15.8
Elevation Gain: 5,090 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best: June to November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,340 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Belden, Bucks Lake, Storrie
Topo Map: Pacific Crest Trail: Belden to Three Lakes Topographic Map
Guide Book: Lassen Volcanic National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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