Nanny Creek Trail

Mineral, California

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Here’s a peaceful route deep into a dark forest that features a few clearings for long-distance views to the south, gigantic rock outcrops often topped with snow, and swift Nanny Creek, a scenic spot for a picnic. The easy course follows the forest road that bypasses McGowan Lake, steadily heading west with a handful of slight climbing bursts. With a creek, clearings, deep forest, and open forest, wildlife abounds if you’re quiet and still. Coyotes tend to trot along edges of clearings, while porcupines cling to the main trunks of conifers, high up. Deer come out late in the afternoon. The great horned owl looks like a big bundled cat, camouflaged in the evergreen boughs. Mountain chickadees flitter in the low limbs while Steller’s jays squawk and rustle noisily in the branches, sometimes causing a limb to move up and down for several seconds after they lift off powerfully. This is a good, direct route to take if heavy weather is reducing visibility, and it’s especially wonderful just after a big storm, when drifts of snow are piled onto the conifer limbs. Its easy access makes it popular on weekends with cross-country skiers.

Nanny Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Here’s a peaceful route deep into a dark forest that features a few clearings for long-distance views to the south, gigantic rock outcrops often topped with snow, and swift Nanny Creek, a scenic spot for a picnic. The easy course follows the forest road that bypasses McGowan Lake, steadily heading west with a handful of slight climbing bursts. With a creek, clearings, deep forest, and open forest, wildlife abounds if you’re quiet and still. Coyotes tend to trot along edges of clearings, while porcupines cling to the main trunks of conifers, high up. Deer come out late in the afternoon. The great horned owl looks like a big bundled cat, camouflaged in the evergreen boughs. Mountain chickadees flitter in the low limbs while Steller’s jays squawk and rustle noisily in the branches, sometimes causing a limb to move up and down for several seconds after they lift off powerfully. This is a good, direct route to take if heavy weather is reducing visibility, and it’s especially wonderful just after a big storm, when drifts of snow are piled onto the conifer limbs. Its easy access makes it popular on weekends with cross-country skiers."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mineral
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3–5 hours
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Lassen Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Nanny Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

12/26/2008
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This was an easy and fun little walk. There was really no place to park except a wide spot that seemed to be designed for access. Good cell coverage (AT&T) and was beautiful and quiet. We were it out there. Was really deep powder which made it tough going for as far as we went. Still, a very nice place to shoe.



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