Bucks Lake Wilderness Loop Backpacking

Quincy, California

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While Bucks Lake is an extremely popular summer hangout for Northern Californians, the trails within the neighboring Bucks Lake Wilderness offer plenty of solitude and serenity. This scenic loop, which incorporates a short section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, offers visitors picturesque lakes, cascading streams, wildflower-filled meadows, shady forests, and wideranging views. The general lack of use has resulted in few developed campsites, so backpackers will have to plan their route carefully and may have to branch off the loop in order to find the best spots. During the month of July, the area puts on a surprising display of wildflowers.

Bucks Lake Wilderness Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"While Bucks Lake is an extremely popular summer hangout for Northern Californians, the trails within the neighboring Bucks Lake Wilderness offer plenty of solitude and serenity. This scenic loop, which incorporates a short section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, offers visitors picturesque lakes, cascading streams, wildflower-filled meadows, shady forests, and wideranging views. The general lack of use has resulted in few developed campsites, so backpackers will have to plan their route carefully and may have to branch off the loop in order to find the best spots. During the month of July, the area puts on a surprising display of wildflowers."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Quincy
Distance: 21.4
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 days
Season: Summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Bucks Lake Wilderness, Plumas National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Bucks Lake;
Driving Directions: Directions to Bucks Lake Wilderness Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018