Shortly before reentering National Forest Land the route becomes a trail again. It then follows the contour of Haypress Canyon, traversing through an old growth red fir forest. While listening to the rumbling of Haypress Creek, you will pass a lovely waterfall. Soon the valley opens and the maintained trail ends. A four-wheel drive road continues up Haypress Valley. This spot is very close to Haypress Creek and is an ideal place for a relaxing rest and a picnic.
For variety on the return hike, instead of turning left when you reach the Pacific Crest Trail, turn right and follow it a few hundred yards to the Wild Plum Loop Trail Junction. Follow the signs to the Wild Plum Campground. This trail takes you down to the old Wild Plum Guard Station (which is now closed) and back to the campground in just over a mile.
Directions: From Sierra City, At the northeast end of Sierra City turn off Hwy. #49 onto Wild Plum Road at the sign for the Wild Plum Campground (the sign is opposite the Yuba River Inn). Follow Wild Plum Road 1 mile to a new trailhead parking facility. Walk the trail from the trailhead 0.8 miles where the trail crosses the road. Walk the road across the bridge and through Wild Plum Campground. About 0.5 miles past the campground the trail takes off from the road to the left. Follow it to an intersection 0.25 miles past a bridge over Haypress Creek. Haypress Creek Trail is to the right.
Elevation: 4,400 feet
Ending Elevation: 5,840 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,440 feet
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