North Yolla Bolly Trails

Platina, California 96076

North Yolla Bolly Trails

North Yolla Bolly Trails Professional Guide

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"This hike’s trail system takes you into the heart of the North Yolla Bolly Mountains, the southernmost section of the vast Klamath mountain range. You can choose from four different trails that leave the central trail: The lower two visit secluded lakes; the upper two climb high summits with extensive views. Win breathtaking views of many of the state’s mountain ranges from the summit of North Yolla Bolly Mountain."

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"This hike travels through the remote North Yolla Bolly Mountains, which lie at the southern tip of the Klamath Mountains. Here a network of trails climb through a lush mountain basin to small alpine lakes and then continues higher to the summit of Black Rock Mountain, one of the range’s two high peaks. Regardless of which mountain region they fall into, these isolated peaks are very scenic. The North Yolla Bollies have a well-de veloped trail network, which makes exploring them a pleasure. The trails are focused on Pettijohn Basin, the bowl that lies between North Yolla Bolly (the highest peak in the northern part of the wilderness) and Black Rock Mountain. In addition to old-g rowth forests, the basin is home to small meadows and a pair of small lakes, each lying at the foot of one of the two peaks. The trail network also climbs up to the rim of the basin, where it is possible to climb to the summit of the high peaks. The best destinations are those on the Black Rock Mountain side of Pettijohn Basin. Black Rock Lake is easily the prettier of the two small lakes, and the summit of the namesake mountain boasts a panoramic vista and the ruins of an old lookout tower. Both peak and lake make great destinations for easy to moderate day hikes."
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"North Yolla Bolly Mountain rises 7,863 feet atop the rough and remote terrain of the northern Coast Range, a summit with dramatic views of a vast wilderness seldom visited by hikers. Located in the northeast portion of 151,000-acre Yolla Bolly Wilderness, the journey to the peak highlights some of the majesty—and challenges—of this little-visited region. It’s a hidden gem for hikers who really want to get away from it all, but you must be willing to take the challenge of rough roads and faint-to-nonexistent trails to experience it."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best mid-June through mid-October
Yolla Bolly Ranger District, Shasta - Trinity National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Black Rock Mountain, North Yolla Bolly Mountain; USFS Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness
Local Maps