Buckhorn Backcountry Byway

Alturas, California 96101

Buckhorn Backcountry Byway

Buckhorn Backcountry Byway Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Buckhorn Backcountry Byway is one of a number of backcountry roads nationwide that have been designated for their remote and scenic qualities. The Buckhorn route travels past low hills, dry lakes, and country covered in sagebrush and rabbitbrush. The trail is well-graded, often graveled, for its entire length, and it is generally suitable for passenger vehicles. However, access to Buckhorn Reservoir and the Round Corral Wetlands requires a high-clearance vehicle. The trail is remote, and you are unlikely to see other travelers.

There are many pleasant backcountry campsites along ridge tops, among junipers, and around the dry lakes. There are no developed campgrounds along the trail. Special Attractions: Fishing and backcountry camping at small reservoirs along the trail; Chance to see wild horses; Remote byway suitable for passenger vehicles. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
Year-round, best in spring and fall
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,500 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Termo, Ravendale, Juniper Ridge, Dodge Reservoir, Observation Peak, Buckhorn Canyon, Buckhorn Lake, Hole in the Ground, Burnt Lake, and more
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