The PCT South to Milton Creek Trail is an easy 2 mile long trail at an elevation of 4,400 feet. This trail is one of the easiest trails in the Wild Plum Area, providing a peaceful walk up the beautiful Milton Creek. From the campground the road goes through a heavily forested area.
The Milton Creek Trail is actually part of the Pacific Crest Trail. To access the trail, take a right turn onto the PCT and head south. Shortly, the trail crosses a road and follows Milton Creek for approximately one mile to a bridge across Milton Creek, which is an ideal place for picnicking. This last mile of trail is relatively flat and scenic. The Milton Creek hike stops here, although the PCT continues south to Jackson Meadow and eventually arrives at the Mexican border.
When returning to the campground, we suggest following the Pacific Crest Trail across the Haypress Creek Bridge. It passes through a lightly forested area which provides you several glimpses of the towering Sierra Buttes. 0.5 miles past the bridge you will reach a fork. Take the left fork, clearly marked for Wild Plum Campground. The trail guides you down to a flat area near the old Wild Plum Guard Station (now closed). In a few more minutes you will cross Haypress Creek and arrive in the campground.
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. Follow Wild Plum Road for 1 mile to a new trailhead parking facility. Walk the trail from the trailhead 0.8 miles where it crosses the road, this is the intersection of the Wild Plum Loop Trail. The Milton Creek Trail is the trail to the right just before the bridge.
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