North Tahoe National Forest – HWY 49 Corridor
Tahoe National forest – Hiking- Haypress trail in Sierra City region is a seldom used but beautiful trail hike down Haypress canyon. It features Waterfalls, creek sounds and a beautiful red fir forest. The Trail uses a section of the PCT and follows an old skid road for a just a few hundred yards but is a great Spring through Summer Hike while int he Yuba Pass / Sierra City region. Trail is open to Horseback and Hikers.
- Trail: 3 miles one way ( potential loop on way back)
- Elevation Gian moderate: 4400 feet to 5840 feet
The trail starts near the Wild Plum Campground. From the campground follow the road about 1/2 mile as the trail will exit the road to the left, follow it for another 1/4 mile to intersection pas the bridge over Haypress Creek. Haypress Creek Trail is tot the Right. fairly flat up to this point and besides the creek it provides a great view of the Sierra Buttes. Just before the bridge over Haypress creek the Wild Plum Loop trail will go to the right. Cross the bride and join the PCT for 1/4 mile until the Haypress Creek trial forks.
After the fork you will start climbing through an open rock area for approx. 1/2 mile before entering into a mixed conifer forest. The trail will turn into an old wagon trial / skid trail for the next 1/4 mile before merging with a road for another 1/2 mile. The trail eventually becomes a trail again as it enters into the national forest once again and follows the contours of Haypress Canyon. This section traverses through old growth red fir forests which is very peaceful with the sounds of Haypress creek rumbling below and a nice waterfall feature along the trail. The trail will eventually end in an open area, a four wheel drive road continues on to Haypress Valley. this is a great place to take a break near the creek and have a picnic before heading back.
If you are looking for a little added adventure on the way back when you reach the PCT again turn right until you hit the Wild Plum loop trail and follow it down to the old Wild Plum Guard Station before looping back to the Campground in a little over 1 mile.