Backpack the PCT from the Yuba River to Fowler Peak

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This 51-miler (one-way) covers many beautiful alpine lakes and lookouts. This section of the PCT is less trafficked than it's southern counter-part. Duration: 4 days.

On the Pacific Crest Trail, you'll be heading from the Yuba River to Fowler peak. This backpacking trip is 51 miles, one-way, so you'll want to park shuttle car at the Fowler Peak Trailhead. This stretch of the PCT is less crowded than it's southern part - that could be due to the 2 miles of exposed switchbacks to start the trek, but we'll let you decide! Once you get to the top of the Sierra Buttes, the trail heads north and passes along the western edge of Gold Lakes Basin, where you could decide to camp for a night or keep heading along the trail. Once you're back in switchback mode, you'll continue on the PCT passing Mount Gibraltar (7,343'), Stafford Mountain (7,019'), Mount Etna (7,019'), and Pilot Peak (7,457'). To head out on the trail, you'll need to get a wilderness permit, which you can get from the Yuba River Ranger Station (530) 288-3231.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Food for 4 days
  • Water
  • Water filter
  • Headlamp
  • Jacket
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Wilderness Permit
  • Compass
  • Map
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RT Distance 51 Miles
Activities Backpacking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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The trail descriptions I have read on this section say portions are Jeep Trail. Is this heavily traveled by off road vehicles?


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