Great Area Hiking trails

One of the main attractions of this area is the hiking. There are great destinations, wonderful views, historical goodies and lots of flora and fauna. Although there are too many to list, I have a few favorites thought we would share with you.  If you would like info on trails in the region, click on and put in Sierra City, CA or 96125 for the zip and follow the instructions.
Loves Falls
This trail can be found off Highway 49, and is part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The best way is head up 49 out of Sierra City a couple of miles. You will come to the brown Pacific Crest Trail sign. Continue another 150 yards and pull over into the wide spot on the south side of the road. There is a cable between two big cedar trees. Go under the cable, turn left on to the PCT and start walking down the trail to the bridge. It is a spectacular view off the bridge as the river cascades under your feet. The trail continues as far as you want, heck clear to Mexico. Only 1/4 mile to the bridge from the car. Easy trail.
Sierra Buttes Lookout
This trail goes up to the lookout, used to spot fires in the summer although not staffed now. Drive to Packer Saddle and proceed to the trailhead about 1/4 mile after the pavement ends. It is well marked and is about 2.5 miles to the stairs up to the lookout. It is all uphill fairly difficult but no big deal if you hike. Take water and a camera, the views are awesome.
North Yuba Trail
This trail runs from Goodyears Bar to the Rocky Rest Campground along the Yuba River. You can start at either end, the trail is 7.2 miles long. The trail parallels the river in most areas, the best place to start is from Rocky Rest. Drive down 49 about 7 miles below Goodyears Bar, park in the day use area of Rocky Rest, take the foot bridge across the river and turn up river. Our little trick is we take two cars and leave one at each end and walk all the way through. Great trail. Fairly easy but long.
Fraizer Falls
Frazier Falls- this trail takes you to Frazier Falls which fall 176 feet. It is accessed off the Lakes Basin Road from two locations, both signed. Park at the restrooms and follow the paved trail about 1 mile to the overlook. It is wheel chair accessible and spectacular. Very easy walk and worth it!
Lake Basin Rim Loop
A Buttes Resort Guest favorite! From Sierra City head east turn left onto the Gold lakes highway at Bassetts. Turn left into the Gold Lake Lodge - there is also a sign on the highway saying "Round Lake Trailhed" stay left at the fork for the trailhead parking lot. This hike has it all, spectacular views, bunches of lakes, a challenging well used trail and a huge variety of wildflowers. Prepare for the day it's a 7.25 mile loop and is moderately strenuous.
Volcano Lake
Volcano Lake: Take Highway 49, 5 miles to Bassetts. Turn left on to the lakes Basin Road and drive 1 mile to the Sardine Lake turn off. Take that road and drive towards Sardine lake. The turn off to packer Lake will be on your right. Across the road from that turn is a dirt road. Turn left on the dirt road and park in the wide spot on the right. The walk to the lake is about 1.5 miles up an old jeep trail. Proceed on the road. You will eventually come to a dirt road that goes up the hill to your right. Take it. It is the second dirt road to your right. Up the hill maybe 300 yards and there is the lake. It is in the conservancy and open to the public. Good swim and small Brook trout fishing.