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Pauley Creek

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General Description

Pauley Creek is located down the Butcher Ranch Trail, where Butcher Ranch Creek intersects Pauley Creek. This is a native rainbow fishery with small, but numerous fish.

Directions from Sierra City: Travel 5 miles east on Hwy. #49, turn onto Gold Lake Hwy. at Bassetts Station. Continue on Gold Lake Hwy. for 1.4 miles, turn left, and cross the bridge over Salmon Creek. Proceed 0.3 miles and turn right onto Packer Lake Road. Continue on Packer Lake Road for two and one-half miles to Packer Lake. At this point the road forks. Take the left fork, Forest Road #93 (Packer Saddle Road). Continue 2.1 miles to Packer Saddle and turn left, following the sign reading "Sierra Buttes Lookout 3 and Pauley Creek 5." After 0.5 miles miles for Forest Road #93 makes a 90 degree turn to the right. Follow this another 0.5 miles to a sign reading "Butcher Ranch 1, Pauley Creek 4." Take the right fork, proceeding 0.7 miles to a sign directing you to the trailhead. As indicated the road is steep and is recommended for 4 wheel-drive vehicles only. There is another access road 0.3 miles further. This road is not as steep, but recommended for heavy, high clearance, or four wheel-drive vehicles. You are advised to park passenger cars or light trucks here and hike the last mile to the trailhead. Pauley Creek Trail is located 1.5 miles down Butcher Creek Trail, at the junctions of Butcher Ranch Creek and Pauley Creek.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Trout
ICON Hiking & Walking Butcher Ranch Trail, Pauley Creek Trail
ICON Rivers & Streams Pauley Creek
ICON Viewing Scenery Downieville Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Downieville Ranger District

Related Activities
Butcher Ranch Trail - Butcher Ranch Trail is a difficult 4 mile trail at an elevation of 6,200 feet. This trail follows the contour of Butcher Ranch Creek for 1.5 miles to the confluence of Butcher Ranch and Pauley Creeks.

Pauley Creek Trail - Pauley Creek Trail is a difficult 3.5 mile trail at an elevation of 6,200 feet. This trail heads north toward Gold Valley. The trail along Pauley Creek is a steady climb, offering views of a series of beautiful, deep pools.

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Visitor Information:

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


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