Lakes Basin Ridge Trail
Mileage: Maximum 12 miles to next trailhead
Approximately 5 miles east of Sierra City on Highway 49, turn onto Gold Lake Highway at Bassetts Station. Continue approximately 1.4 miles to the bridge crossing Salmon Creek and turn left. Continue for about .3 mile and turn right onto Packer Lake Road. Proceed 2.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 93. Follow this road 1.4 mile to the Packer Saddle intersection. There is ample parking at this intersection.
From the intersection, the Pacific Crest Trail runs north to Canada and south to Mexico. To the north the trail follows a flat ridge top for 12 miles, offering spectacular views of the entire Lakes Basin throughout the hike. It is well worth hiking a portion of this trail if you enjoy panoramic views. Due to its ridge top location, the trail has little elevation change; however, we suggest carrying drinking water.
To try a really challenging hike, check out Sierra Buttes Lookout.