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Haypress Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1371.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,440 Feet (448.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 5,840 Feet (1820.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Haypress Valley 7.5

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General Description

Haypress Creek Trail is a moderately difficult trail at an elevation of 4,400 feet. This trail is fairly flat for approximately 0.5 miles to the footbridge across Haypress Creek. In this short section you have an excellent view of the Sierra Buttes. Just before the bridge the Wild Plum Loop Trail merges with the Pacific Crest Trail. Cross the bridge and follow the PCT for approximately 0.25 miles to a fork. Take the right branch marked "Haypress Creek Trail". The trail climbs for about 0.5 miles through an open, rocky area until it reaches a mixed conifer forest. It then follows an old wagon road onto private land. Due to recent logging activity on this land, the trail follows a skid trail for 0.25 miles. Stay on this main road and do not get discouraged by the hike along the road. It will soon be well worth the walk.

Shortly before reentering National Forest Land the route becomes a trail again. It then follows the contour of Haypress Canyon, traversing through an old growth red fir forest. While listening to the rumbling of Haypress Creek, you will pass a lovely waterfall. Soon the valley opens and the maintained trail ends. A four-wheel drive road continues up Haypress Valley. This spot is very close to Haypress Creek and is an ideal place for a relaxing rest and a picnic.

For variety on the return hike, instead of turning left when you reach the Pacific Crest Trail, turn right and follow it a few hundred yards to the Wild Plum Loop Trail Junction. Follow the signs to the Wild Plum Campground. This trail takes you down to the old Wild Plum Guard Station (which is now closed) and back to the campground in just over a mile.

Directions from Sierra City: Travel east on Hwy. #49 for approximately .5 miles, turn right onto Wild Plum Road and travel approximately 1 mile, the campground will be on the right. The trailhead is at the east end of the upper loop of Wild Plum Campground. About 0.5 miles past the campground the trail takes off from the road to the left. Follow it to an intersection .25 miles past a bridge over Haypress Creek. Haypress Creek Trail is to the right.

Directions from Sierra City: At the northeast end of Sierra City turn off Hwy. #49 onto Wild Plum Road at the sign for the Wild Plum Campground (the sign is opposite the Yuba River Inn). Follow Wild Plum Road 1 mile to a new trailhead parking facility. Walk the trail from the trailhead 0.8 miles where the trail crosses the road. Walk the road across the bridge and through Wild Plum Campground. About 0.5 miles past the campground the trail takes off from the road to the left. Follow it to an intersection 0.25 miles past a bridge over Haypress Creek. Haypress Creek Trail is to the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking PCT
ICON Camping Wild Plum
ICON Hiking & Walking Haypress Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.
ICON Viewing Scenery Sierra Buttes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Downieville Ranger District

Related Activities
PCT Wild Plum Loop Trail - Wild Plum Loop Trail is an easy 2.5 mile loop and is ideal for visitors of the campground and Sierra City motels since it offers a delightful short hike. The trail meets the Pacific Crest Trail.

Wild Plum Campground - Wild Plum Campground is locate 1 mile east of Sierra City and has 47 campsite. The main attractions of this campground are the Kentucky Mine, the Sierra County Historic Park and PCT Equestrian access.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Downieville Ranger District, 15924 Highway 49 , Camptonville, CA, 95922, Phone: 530-288-3231, TTY: 530-288-3656


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