The Lightning Springs Trail leads westward five miles from Rim Drive to the Pacific Crest Trail. It descends over 1,200 feet along its route in the Bybee Creek drainage. Water is available en route as are dispersed camping areas.
Begin this hike by walking westward from Rim Drive. The trail meanders as it descends to Lightning Springs in the first mile. Once it reaches the spring the trail veers northward then turns westward at the base of a steep ridge. The trail follows this wall before turning southward to the creek. The track follows the creek closely for the next half mile before meandering northward. The route then turns to the south, crosses the stream and leaves it leading west.
The next few miles are a steady descent through the headwaters of Bybee Creek. Before reaching the Pacific Crest Trail our route uses switchbacks to descend to the northern bank of Bybee Creek. The trail parallels the creek for a quarter mile before reaching Bybee Camp and the Pacific Crest Trail.
Directions: From Annie Spring Entrance Station, Drive northward into the park 4 miles to Park Headquarters. Turn left on to West Rim Drive and travel nearly 5 miles to a picnic area between Discovery Point and The Watchman. Park at this picnic area and cross Rim Drive to the trailhead.
Elevation: 6,840 feet
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