Mill Creek to Three Lakes

Quincy, California 95971

Mill Creek to Three Lakes

Mill Creek to Three Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Three Lakes lie at the northwest tip of Bucks Lake Wilderness, with one uninspiring, artificial lake outside the wilderness boundary and two more natural, picturesque lakes within the wilderness. Few hikers take the 5.3-mile route to the uppermost lakes, which offers solitude and serenity to those up to the task. Overnighters will find campsites to be few and far between, but they seem to be more than adequate for the small amount of campers.

Head west from the trailhead and immediately hop over Mill Creek before turning north to follow gently graded trail through a light forest of white firs and lodgepole pines to a boulder hop over the creek. The tread briefly disappears in a small, grassy meadow on the far side but is easily found again just past a snow survey marker, where the trail reenters forest cover. Leaving Mill Creek, the lupine-lined trail begins a moderate climb through shady forest with occasional pockets of meadow carpeted with grasses, sedges, shrubs, and wildflowers in early to midseason."

Mill Creek to Three Lakes Trip Reports

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7/1/2010
Three day trip starting at PCT Bucks Lake Trailhead. Steady climbing until Spanish Peak environs then levels. Spent the night at gold lake, very few spots to camp so be prepared to be on granite. Beautiful lake worth the detour. Then on out for night two at Clear Creek. After the trail creek crossing there are campsites immediately to the left or some more private ones up the hill a few yards. All we saw was PCT through hikers, about six in all over the three days. Next we pushed on to Three Lakes, after getting the crap bitten out of us by mosquitos on the way. Pushed through brush at points on unclear trail to get to upper three lakes, the prettiest of them all. Limited camping but there are spots. Took nap and headed to Belden. Majestic views on the backside before the switchbacks. Switchbacks heading into Belden seem INFINITE as you can see the river (N Fork Feather) but never seem to get any closer. We did eventually make it just as the dark set. With all our stops and detours to the lakes we ended up with a 25 mile trip, two nights three days.
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Trail Information

Quincy
Nearby City
10.6
Distance
1,350 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Best: June to November
Season
5,870 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bucks Lake
Local Maps

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