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Pacific Crest Trail Data Book

Section L - I-80 to Hwy 49 Sierra City

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Pacific Crest Trail
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Trail Section
Section Overview
Mileage
Start Mile:1155.7
End Mile:1195.0
Distance:39.3
Elevation
Start Elevation:7198
End Elevation:4603
Min Elevation:4580
Avg Elevation:7034
Max Elevation:8398
Elevation Gain (approximate):5154
Elevation Loss (approximate):-7772
Net Elevation Change:-2595
Roads
Interstates crossed: 1
Primary/Secondary roads crossed: 3
State highways crossed: 1
Total roads crossed: 5
Popular Resupply
MileElevDFTName
1195.0 4583 1.5 Sierra City
DFT is straight line distance from trail departure point.
Climate
°F Mean Prc SWE %Cov Max
Jan 47/16 28 9.9 13.8 96.0 52.4
Feb 50/16 29 8.4 20.2 96.2 85.3
Mar 53/17 31 7.8 26.8 95.2 91.9
Apr 59/21 36 3.7 28.6 89.0 102.3
May 69/27 43 2.1 19.3 69.5 101.3
Jun 78/34 52 1.1 7.1 31.0 74.7
Jul 85/41 59 0.6 0.8 6.0 46.3
Aug 84/41 58 0.8 - - -
Sep 78/36 53 1.2 - - -
Oct 68/29 45 3.7 - - -
Nov 54/22 35 8.5 0.9 48.3 10.6
Dec 47/17 29 8.8 5.4 89.3 34.2
Min temp is minimum average low and high temp is maximum average high in section. Does not account for 'heat waves' or 'cold spells', may alter temp by 10-15° or more. Precip is not snow, SWE is 'Snow Water Equivalence' in inches, MAX is max SWE. Cover is average monthly percent of snow cover. No snow data for Aug, Sep, Oct. Snow data begins Nov 2003.
Section Elevation Range
RangeMiles%
4000-50003.99.9
5000-60003.18.0
6000-70008.120.6
7000-800019.148.7
8000-90005.012.7
Named Lakes/Wetlands/Glaciers
Name Mile DFT Acres Trail
Elev
Water
Elev
West Lakes 1156.3 15 2 7240 7236
West Lakes 1156.4 309 0 7244 7239
West Lakes 1156.4 816 0 7244 7219
Jackson Meadows Reservoir 1182.5 1214 1028 6243 6039
Within a quarter mile of trail. DFT is distance from trail in feet. Mile is closest trail mile to lake, not necessarily the best access. Acres is the area of the lake.
Named Drainages
MileElevName
1157.8 7565 Upper Castle Creek
1159.6 7805 Lower Castle Creek
1163.2 7559 North Creek
1165.9 7588 White Rock Creek
1182.7 6178 Pass Creek
1190.2 5239 Milton Creek
1191.0 5000 Milton Creek
1192.4 4730 Haypress Creek
1194.5 4586 North Yuba River
Section Land Cover
TypeMiles%
evergreen25.8965.87
shrub/scrub11.5929.49
developed; open space0.611.55
grassland/herbaceous0.380.95
barren0.310.80
mixed0.230.59
diciduous0.190.48
emergent herbaceous wetlands0.050.14
developed; low intensity0.030.09
developed; medium intensity0.020.04
open water0.000.01
Section Tree Cover
TypeMiles%
California mixed conifer 15.0838.37
Red fir 13.6934.82
Lodgepole pine 5.2213.28
White fir 4.5211.50
Mountain hemlock 0.340.86
California black oak 0.190.49
No tree cover0.180.46
Ponderosa pine 0.090.24
Fire Perimeters
YearNameMiles%
Public/Physical Boundary
TypeNameMiles%
Forest Tahoe National Forest 39.3 100.0
State California 39.3 100.0
County Nevada 18.5 47.1
County Sierra 20.8 52.9
Basin California Region 36.3 92.3
Basin Great Basin Region 3.0 7.7
Physiographic Pacific Mountain System 39.3 100.0
Geology
AgeTypeMiles%
Tertiary (2-24 Ma) Andesite; Rhyolite 15.4 39.1
Late Permian(?) to Jurassic Intermediate volcanic rock; Felsic volcanic rock 11.9 30.2
Permian to Tertiary; most Mesozoic Granodiorite; Quartz monzonite 10.3 26.1
Devonian to Late Jurassic Slate; Sandstone 1.0 2.6
Pleistocene Glacial drift; 0.8 2.0
Road Crossings
MileElevTypeName
1155.8 7198 Interstate I- 80
1171.2 7526 Pri/Sec Meadow Lake Rd
1182.8 6187 Pri/Sec Pass Creek Loop Rd
1183.0 6197 Pri/Sec Henness Pass Rd
1195.0 4589 State State Hwy 49
Passes/Gaps
NameElevMile
Euer Saddle 7250 1156.2
Castle Pass 7913 1158.7
Lightning Strikes
AvgMax
Jan 2 3
Feb 2 2
Mar 5 20
Apr 3 7
May 4 12
Jun 7 39
Jul 8 59
Aug 2 11
Sep 2 8
Oct 3 6
Nov 1 1
Near trail lightning strikes
Shelters
NameElevMile
Waypoint Detail
Desc Mile DTN DTP NW Elev LPL HPL Comment
I-80 to Hwy 49 Sierra City 1155.7 0.1 1.8 7198
I-80 1155.8 0.2 0.1 1.7 7198 7198 7198
Rest Area/Summit Lake tr jct 1156.0 0.2 0.2 1.5 7237 7198 7263 PCT goes straight
Euer Saddle 1156.2 0.1 0.2 1.3 7250 7237 7322
Freeway Debris Pond
West Lakes 1156.3 0.0 0.1 1.2 7240 7237 7240
West Lakes 1156.4 1.0 0.1 1.1 7244 7240 7244
dirt road 1157.4 0.1 1.0 0.1 7427 7244 7427
creek 1157.5 0.3 0.1 0.0 7470 7427 7470 water looks good with good flow
Upper Castle Creek 1157.8 0.4 0.3 0.4 7565 7470 7572
creeklet 1158.2 0.1 0.4 1.4 7683 7565 7683 water looks good with good flow
Castle Valley 1158.3 0.4 0.1 1.3 7726 7683 7729
Castle Pass
Castle Pass 1158.7 0.0 0.4 0.9 7913 7900 7913
spur to Peter Grubb Ski Hut 1159.5 0.1 0.8 0.1 7818 7818 7985
Lower Castle Creek water looks good with good flow
Lower Castle Creek 1159.6 0.0 0.1 0.5 7805
near Sand Ridge Lake tr jct 1159.7 0.4 0.1 0.4 7811 7805 7811
creek 1160.1 0.1 0.4 0.1 7952 7811 7952 water looks good with good flow
creeklet 1160.2 0.7 0.1 0.7 7998 7952 7998 water looks good with good flow
creeklet water looks good with good flow
creeklet 1160.9 0.0 0.7 0.0 8323 8307 8323 water looks good with good flow
creeklet 1161.0 0.7 0.1 0.0 8366 8323 8366 water looks good with good flow
creeklet to right of trail 1161.7 0.2 0.7 0.0 8185 8192 8398 water looks good with good flow
road
creek 1161.9 0.0 0.2 1.3 8106 8106 8113 water looks good with good flow
same road
North Creek bridge; water looks good with good flow
North Creek 1163.2 0.1 0.0 2.6 7559 7559 7559
Lake/pond/tank
Paradise Valley
Lake/pond/tank 1163.3 0.1 0.1 2.5 7565 7565 7565
Lake/pond/tank 1163.4 0.1 0.1 2.4 7572 7562 7572
Paradise Lake tr jct 1163.5 0.0 0.1 2.3 7582 7582 7582 PCT goes straight
Lake/pond/tank
Mt Lola tr jct 1165.7 0.1 2.2 0.1 7637 7582 8015 PCT stays left
White Rock Crk 1165.8 0.1 0.1 0.0 7598 7598 7637 bridge; water looks good with good flow
White Rock Creek 1165.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 7588 7591 7598
creeklet 1166.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 7624 7588 7624 water looks good with low flow
dirt road 1166.3 0.3 0.3 4.9 7673 7624 7673
dirt road 1166.6 1.4 0.3 4.6 7791 7673 7791
dirt road 1168.0 3.2 1.4 3.2 8031 7791 8113
Lacey Crk water looks good with low flow
Forest Rd 86
Meadow Lake Rd 1171.2 1.1 0.0 7.0 7526 7522 7526
Nevada 1172.3 0.1 1.1 5.9 8015 7526 8015
trail skirts edge of road 1172.4 0.1 0.1 5.8 8018 8011 8018 do not cross
join jeep road 1172.5 0.2 0.1 5.7 8113 8018 8113 walk about 40 feet along road and leave to the left
view of Sierra Butte 1172.7 1.7 0.2 5.5 8162 8110 8169
Sierra 1174.4 0.1 1.7 3.8 7621 7621 8172
dirt road 1174.5 3.7 0.1 3.7 7621 7608 7621 cross to rightish
Mule Ears Crk 1178.2 0.4 3.7 4.5 7299 7299 8070 about 150 feet off trail to the right; water looks good with good flow
dirt road 1178.6 1.8 0.4 4.1 7142 7142 7299
dirt road 1180.4 0.4 1.8 2.3 6879 6879 7306
Lasier Mdw Horse Camp tr jct 1180.8 1.9 0.4 1.9 6771 6771 6879 PCT goes staight. This jct is right after an old dirt road crossing
join Pass Crk Loop road walk north east along this road
road bridge over Pass Crk 1182.7 0.1 0.0 0.0 6181 6180 6197 you cross this creek on your continuing paved road walk; water looks good with good flow
Pass Creek
leave paved road walk 1182.8 0.2 0.0 0.5 6184 6181 6190 trail picks up on the right
Pass Creek Loop Rd
Henness Pass Rd 1183.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 6194 6194 6197 cross paved road to your leftish
Henness Pass Rd
Bald Ridge Creek 1183.3 0.4 0.3 6.7 6263 6194 6272 water looks good with good flow
old dirt road 1183.7 0.1 0.4 6.3 6397 6263 6404
camp site 1183.8 0.8 0.1 6.2 6453 6397 6473 in narrow saddle with a fire ring
Bear Valley 1184.6 0.1 0.8 5.4 6194 6194 6466
Bear Valley Springs 1184.7 0.8 0.1 5.3 6243 6194 6243 .1 mile off trail
old overgrown road 1185.5 0.7 0.8 4.5 6259 6167 6279 join road on the left briefly; leave it to the right in 150 feet
campsite 1186.2 0.6 0.7 3.8 6443 6259 6443 good camping in this area
Lake/pond/tank 1186.8 1.6 0.6 3.2 6446 6417 6522
cross old dirt road 1188.4 1.6 1.6 1.6 5905 5898 6463
creek 1190.0 0.2 1.6 0.2 5370 5324 5905 water looks good with good flow
Milton Creek 1190.2 0.8 0.0 2.2 5239 5239 5380 bridge; water looks good with good flow
Milton Creek
Milton Creek 1191.0 1.2 0.8 1.4 5000 4996 5239
cross dirt road 1192.2 0.1 1.2 0.2 4845 4845 5032 take road west to Wild Plum CG
Haypress Valley 1192.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 4809 4812 4849
Haypress Crk 1192.4 0.0 0.1 0.0 4753 4757 4809 trail jct just before bridge; water looks good with good flow
Haypress Creek
Haypress Crk tr jct 1192.6 0.3 0.2 0.3 4812 4730 4812 PCT goes left
1001 Mine Crk 1192.9 0.0 0.3 1.2 4822 4812 4852
creek water looks good with good flow
cross OHV road 1193.9 0.1 1.0 0.2 4868 4747 4973
Spring 1194.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 4835 4835 4868
creek 1194.1 0.4 0.1 0.4 4803 4806 4835 water looks good with good flow
North Yuba River bridge; water looks good with good flow
North Yuba River 1194.5 0.0 0.4 2.3 4586 4586 4809
stay right at water tanks 1194.9 0.1 0.4 1.9 4616 4586 4655 not dirt road
Sierra City
Hwy 49 near Sierra City Many hikers will turn left down this road to reach Sierra City. PCT picks up directly across paved road in parking area
State Hwy 49 1195.0 0.0 1.8 4589 4583 4583
Hwy 49 Sierra City to Hwy 70 Belden

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